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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1:07 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

Kudos and Brickbats From Listeners During Our Fall 2012 Fund Drive

James Cromwell

One of the great things about fund drives is that we get to hear from so many of our listeners. Please share your thoughts, both good and bad, with us --- and we'll add selected comments to this page. 

Don't be shy telling us what you think about the six HD channels of Public Radio Tulsa.

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What's New at the Radio Ranch?
1:59 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

Express Your Love of Public Radio With One of These Nifty Fund Drive Thank You Gifts

Eric Whitacre: Light & Gold Compact Disc - Grammy Winner for Best Choral Performance

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4:24 pm
Mon October 15, 2012

Morning Edition - An Inside Look

Lead in text: 
In the New York Times is a profile of Morning Edition, written by media reporter Brian Stelter. The story covers the show's expansion and evolution in recent years; how it works bi-coastally; its editorial focus, including domestic and international series and travel; the benefit of hosts who are first and foremost reporters.
CULVER CITY, Calif. - Fifteen minutes before "Morning Edition" is beamed to radios across the country, Renee Montagne is ready to record her one-minute introduction. To cue her, the director points his index finger. "Good morning. It was the president's turn to court Latino voters..." And she's off.
11:42 am
Thu October 11, 2012

Vice-Presidential Debate: Danville, Oct. 11

NPR presents live coverage of the 2012 vice-presidential debate at 8:00 pm on Public Radio 89.5-1. The debate takes place at Centre College in Danville, Kentucky and the moderator is Martha Raddatz, Senior Foreign Affairs Correspondent, ABC News. Follow the simultaneous live blog here and submit your questions and comments to the NPR reporters.

What's New?
3:46 pm
Mon October 8, 2012

Hurricane Spirit 88.7-3 Sports Schedule

TU campus sports action for October, heard over Hurricane Spirit 88.7-3:

7:00 pm TU Volleyball v. UTEP

11:30 am TU Men's Soccer v. UCF
2:30 pm TU Women's Soccer v. UAB

7:00 pm Men's Soccer v. Kentucky

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What's New?
3:43 pm
Fri October 5, 2012

The Score: Movie Music Comes to Classical 88.7-1

  • What "The Score" is all about, in 28 seconds

The Score with Edmund Stone is a weekly celebration of symphonic music in film, a fascinating cultural adventure through Americas best-loved art form. Movies are one of our most common musical experiences and a gateway to classical music. This program is an unparalleled exploration of the indelible movie music experience. 

 Your host, Edmund Stone, is a classically trained Shakespearean actor from England whose background includes a variety of stage and screen roles.

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1:54 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

Presidential Debate: Denver, Oct. 3

NPR presents live coverage of the first presidential debate at 8:00 pm on Public Radio 89.5-1. Follow the simultaneous live blog here and submit your questions and comments to the NPR reporters.

What's New?
3:44 pm
Fri September 28, 2012

BURN: The Power of One Election & America’s Energy Future

Airs Friday 10/5 and 10/12 at 8pm; Thursday 10/11 & 10/18 at Noon on 89.5-1

This year’s election is about power – the power to shape the nation’s domestic and foreign priorities; the power to lead, to legislate, to govern. Energy policy, defining how we use energy to power our economy and our lives, is among the most pressing issues for the next four years.

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What's New?
4:20 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

Oklahoma Singer John Fullbright on A Prairie Home Companion

Coming to you this week from The Fitzgerald Theater in Saint Paul, Minnesota, it's a live broadcast performance of A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor. With special guests, Oklahoma singer and songwriter John Fullbright, and vocalist Holly Jones.

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What's New?
10:49 am
Thu September 20, 2012

Stations Off-Air Due to Antenna Problem

All eight antenna elements and interconnecting lines on the ground for repairs

Very early on Thursday morning the 20th, an unexpected problem developed with our antenna which transmits all six HD channels of Public Radio Tulsa on 88.7 and 89.5 FM. 

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