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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What's New?
3:19 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Hard Labor: Economic Threats to U.S. Workers

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The Center for Public Integrity and NPR are partnering on Hard Labor, an occasional series on health, safety and economic threats to U.S. workers.

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2:21 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

NPR Cities: Urban Life In The 21st Century

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As heard on All Things Considered, this NPR special series examines the future of cities across America.
More than half of the world now lives in urban areas. In the U.S., urban dwellers make up 83 percent of the population, and it's growing every day. What does it mean to live in a city today? What are the challenges for cities going forward? NPR explores urban life in the 21st century.
What's New?
10:35 am
Fri August 24, 2012

Live Coverage of 2012 National Conventions

Nightly Specials from the Convention Halls 
August 27-30 and September 4-6, 7-10 PM on Public Radio 89.5-1

Public Radio Tulsa will continue its extensive coverage of Election 2012 with live broadcasts of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, FL, from August 27-30, and the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, NC, from September 4-6. Daily reports and nightly specials will air on Public Radio 89.5-1, with reporting from John Durkee, Marshall Stewart, Catherine Roberts, and the NPR News Election 2012 team.

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What's New?
9:18 am
Fri August 24, 2012

Exploring Music with Bill McGlaughlin: Sep-Oct 2012

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Exploring Music is heard weekday evenings at 8 on Classical 88.7-1. These are each week's program themes.

August 27, 2012
School Days
A celebration of young composers and performers.

September 3, 2012
Czech out those Bohemians
Composers from the lands around the present-day Czech Republic have made an indelible mark on music – we’ll examine their history and influence, from medieval times to the present.

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What's New?
10:00 am
Thu August 23, 2012

2012 London Paralympics on World Radio 89.5-3

Cardiff Celts Wheelchair Basketball team play in front of the Agitos
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Paralympics London Opening Ceremony
Wednesday, August 29, 2012, 2-6 pm on World Radio 89.5-3

In a special edition of Newshour, Razia Iqbal brings you coverage from the Paralympic Games opening ceremony in London. In addition to covering the major news stories of the day, Razia will be joined by athletes, coaches and commentators to discuss the issues surrounding the games and asking how the Paralympics movement has raised awareness of those living with disabilities.

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1:43 pm
Wed August 22, 2012

Windowless Summer Job at the Capitol Means New Career View for Tulsa Student

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TU's Jordan Albert tells of his possibly career-changing time spent at the State Capitol.
Jordan Albert spent his break from the University of Tulsa in a windowless room on the second floor of the state Capitol. It's a summer job, but it's more suit-and-tie than swimsuit-and-suncreen. Albert is triple-majoring in finance, accounting and economics, but he says spending his summer in state government might have changed his career path.
What's New?
12:55 pm
Wed August 22, 2012

A Prairie Home Companion: To Books, With Love

This week on A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor, an homage to the book (the paper kind) with a show for readers, including Ruth Harrison's encounter with Stephen King, Nick Lowe singing "When I Write the Book," a new version of "The Ugly Duckling," and "The Owl and the Pussycat" set to music.

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What's New?
9:56 am
Tue August 21, 2012

Climate Change and the American Southwest: The New Normal

Craig Allen, research ecologist with the U.S. Geological Survey, surveys the Dome Wilderness area of New Mexico's Cochiti Canyon. Once heavily forested, the area was devastated by the Las Conchas Fire in 2011.
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This summer, huge wildfires burned across the U.S., especially in dry western states. Though there were fewer fires than usual, they were uncommonly large. Fire scientists say these "mega fires" are becoming the new normal, and climate change that dries out these regions is making the situation worse. They're not sure these fires can be stopped, and the forests of the American Southwest may soon be lost.

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Never On-The-Air
9:33 am
Tue August 21, 2012

American Graduate: Explore the Dropout Crisis

American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen is a public media initiative, supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), to help students stay on the path to graduation and future success. Public broadcasting has a long history improving educational outcomes for high-need students and communities. The dropout crisis demands attention now, and we are rising to the challenge of doing our part to address this problem.

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What's New?
7:03 pm
Mon August 20, 2012

Meet Your Mind: A User's Guide to the Science of Consciousness

Coming soon is a series of six one-hour programs brought to you by To the Best of Our Knowledge, the Peabody Award-winning public radio show about ideas. The mystery of consciousness -- what it is, where it comes from, how it works -- is like a big ball of string. Pull one end and as it unravels, one question leads to another: What is thinking and how do we do it? Is the mind the same as the brain? Are animals conscious? Can machines think? Is there a neuroscience of creativity? And what does all this brain science tell us about the most personal question of all: Who am "I"?

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