Frank Christel

Director of Broadcast Services

Frank Christel has been a part of Public Radio Tulsa for over thirty years, first as Chief Engineer, then General Manager, and now as The University of Tulsa's Director of Broadcast Services. In 2004, he was instrumental in signing Classical 88.7 KWTU on-the-air. Before that, he worked at KBJH, KCFO, KAKC, and KBEZ in Tulsa and also served in the Navy during the Vietnam era. 

He was introduced to the magic of radio by his 9th grade math teacher who would, in class, play tape recordings of Stan Freberg's radio shows. His love of electronics grew by building hi-fi and shortwave radio electronic kits.

He's quite proud of his two daughters, their husbands, three four grandchildren, and is blessed by his lovely bride of more than 40 years.

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Not-So-Urgent
9:06 am
Wed March 21, 2012

BackStory Brings Historical Perspective to Today's Events

BackStory is a brand-new public radio program that brings historical perspective to the events happening around us today. On each show, renowned U.S. historians Ed Ayers, Peter Onuf, and Brian Balogh tear a topic from the headlines and plumb its historical depths.

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Not-So-Urgent
9:06 am
Sat March 17, 2012

Public Radio 89.5 & Classical 88.7 Broadcasting at Low Power

Update 3/17 @ 3:21 pm

The transmission line and antenna checks out and the intermittent transmission power dropouts have stopped after a through examination of the Public Radio 89.5 transmitter. Both station operations are now back to normal.

Let us know if you can't hear either station, either by email or by calling at 918-631-2577 (toll-free 888-594-5947.)

Update 3/17 @ 10:26 am

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What's New?
6:43 am
Sat March 17, 2012

Studio 360: Free "Teacher Redesign" iBook for the iPad

If you are the least interested in teaching, teachers, or the graphic arts design process, you won't want to miss this innovative new iBook from the producers of Studio 360, an arts & culture program heard Thursday evenings at 8 on Public Radio 89.5-1.

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What's New?
1:50 pm
Fri March 16, 2012

BBC Your World: Torture by Music

British citizen, Ruhal Ahmed, spent two years in Guantanamo Bay. After his release he returned home to Tipton in the West Midlands without ever being charged with a crime by the British or US governments. During his incarceration Ruhal was repeatedly tortured by his captors. The technique he feared most was being tortured with music. We chart Ruhal’s progress as he attempts to silence torture by music.

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What's New?
8:48 pm
Thu March 15, 2012

BBC Assignment: Syria, One Year On

The uprising against the government of President Assad in Syria is a year old this week and the news bulletins have been dominated by the rising number of casualties and a slide towards civil war. But in this week's Assignment Owen Bennett Jones brings you the human stories behind the headlines, of friends and families divided, couples on opposite sides of the divide whose relationship has almost reached breaking point, and personal accounts of key moments in the conflict. 

What's New?
1:53 pm
Thu March 15, 2012

Watergate journalist Bob Woodward to speak at The University of Tulsa

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StudioTulsa host Rich Fisher spoke with Bob Woodward, who will be on campus as part of this Spring's Presidential Lecture Series. In this web-exclusive interview, they discuss the span of Woodward's career and events affecting Barack Obama's presidency.

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What's New?
10:08 am
Thu March 15, 2012

Exploring Music: Seven Delightful Weeks

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Exploring Music with Bill McGlaughlin is one of our most popular programs on Classical 88.7-1, heard weeknights from 8-9 pm. Here's a preview of the week-long programs Bill will be bringing us.

España   (Monday-Friday, March 19-23)
Spanish music.  

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Not-So-Urgent
12:59 pm
Wed March 14, 2012

Why Did Classical 88.7 Recently Go Off-Air?

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A listener asked:

"For the past several days, I have had problems with receiving 88.7 on my home receiver. All other stations are received without a problem. 88.7 seems to cut out for long periods and then will resume. Other times I turn my receiver off and when I turn it on programming continues. Do you have any explanation for this? If other stations gave me the same problem, I would think it is my receiver, but that is not the case."

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Local & Regional
6:54 am
Wed March 14, 2012

Oklahoma Watch: Employee Drug Testing

The numbers are staggering: drug abuse is estimated to cost employers $276 billion a year and three-fourths, or 76 percent, of people with a drug or alcohol problem are employed.

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Commentary
12:08 pm
Fri March 9, 2012

StudioTulsa Commentators

On occasion, Public Radio Tulsa's award-winning weekday Arts & Culture program features the wit and wisdom of these fine commentators:

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