Marshall Stewart

Public Radio 89.5-1 Reporter & All Things Considered anchor

Marshall Stewart comes to KWGS after more than 30 years in radio news. He’s been an anchor, editor, producer, and reporter with a focus on government stories. He’s the recipient of numerous state awards and a 2006 Edward R. Murrow national award.

The Air Force veteran is a Ponca City native and Oklahoma State University alum and the proud father of three children and granddad to three granddaughters.


Local & Regional
1:16 pm
Mon October 1, 2012

A Tulsa County Leader Favors Hiking Rents for Airport Tenants who receive Vision 2 Funds


One Tulsa County official favors hiking rents and seeking commitments from airport tenants if they receive Vision 2 funds. Commissioner Fred Perry says he wants to have facilities to keep and attract companies, but if Vision improvements contribute to profitability, it’s fair to expect some return from businesses that benefit. He says that would include re-negotiating rents and seeking commitments to stay in Tulsa.

Proposition 1 of the Vision 2 plan would provide millions for airport building and infrastructure improvements.

Local & Regional
1:25 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

Fallen Claremore Soldier Comes Home to Be Laid to Rest

Patriot Riders at Tulsa International Airport

Patriot Guard motorcycle riders escort the body of Army PFC Jon Townsend, killed earlier this month in Afghanistan. The procession travels from Tulsa International Airport to Claremore, Townsend’s home town, and where his funeral will be held. Lining the route are people waving flags…one of them is Sgt. 1st Class Chad Broughton with the Oklahoma National Guard. He says he’s been deployed overseas three times, and it’s always tough to see a young soldier like Townsend die in the war. He says he came to the airport to show respect for Townsend and his family.

Local & Regional
1:23 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

State Inspectors Check Tulsa State Fair Rides

Comet II Coaster on the Tulsa State Fair midway

Inspectors are at Expo Square checking midway rides for safety. Every year, state inspectors from the Labor Department look over rides and scan operators’ paperwork. Labor Commissioner Mark Costello says there are five inspectors here, with two on duty at all times the rides are operational during the entire run of the fair.

Costello says there are federal regulations governing carnival ride safety, but Oklahoma also has what he calls some of the highest standards in the country.

Local & Regional
1:08 pm
Tue September 25, 2012

Tulsa Takes Part in National Voter Registration Day


This is "National Voter Registration Day", and you can get your name on the rolls in time to vote in the presidential election by going to any of the YWCA’s in Tulsa. Mana Pahaie is Director of Racial Justice at the YWCA. She says the Y is also providing information on the six state questions that will be on the ballot in November.

The voter registration drive is being held at the YWCA’s midtown, downtown and east Tulsa locations. The presidential election is just 41 days away, and you have only until October 12th to register.

Local & Regional
1:29 pm
Mon September 24, 2012

Burn Ban Lifted for Tulsa County

Forestry Service

For the first time in several weeks, the burn ban in Tulsa County is not extended. Area Emergency Manager Roger Joliffe says expectations are there will be half an inch or more of rain this week. And he says falling short of meeting fire department criteria is a contributing factor to the removal of the burn ban.

The county is still in the extreme drought category, and this afternoon conditions are right for a red flag fire warning. Joliffe says people still need to be very cautious and try to avoid outdoor burning if possible.

Local & Regional
1:44 pm
Wed September 19, 2012

Advocates for More CNG Fleets are Heard at a Tulsa Summit

A Dixie Chopper than runs on CNG

A summit calling for conversion of more vehicles to compressed natural gas is held in Tulsa.The goal of the summit is to provide information about the advantages of using CNG in the hope more companies will decide to convert their fleets. There are also individuals at the summit like Craig Dixon, who is an advocate of using CNG in personal vehicles. He says he’s saved thousands of dollars in the three years he’s been using a CNG powered Honda Civic. Also in attendance is Marcus James, fleet maintenance manager for Tulsa Public Schools.

Local & Regional
2:37 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

The Tulsa County Burn Ban Continues, Despite Action to Lift the State Ban

The governor lifts the burn ban issued by her office for Tulsa County and several other counties across the state, but you still can’t burn outdoors here. Tulsa County leaders, on advice of area fire department chiefs, are continuing the ban. Deputy Emergency Manager Jamie Ott says despite recent rains, it’s still too dry.

You may use charcoal, gas, and electric grills but only on non-flammable surfaces. The ban will be re-evaluated on Thursday.

Local & Regional
1:28 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

Tulsa County Landlords Order a Private School out of the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame

Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame

Problems continue at the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame. A private school that recently moved into the Union Depot where the Hall is located has been ordered to move out. Asking for an update on unresolved issues involving the Jazz Hall, Tulsa County leaders take a controversial step. Hall directors sublet part of the building to the Deborah Brown School without getting a necessary certificate of occupancy first. It prompted an order to relocate.

Local & Regional
11:53 am
Thu September 13, 2012

CNG Summit to be Held in Tulsa Next Week


The state of Oklahoma is making a push to get more vehicles converted to compressed natural gas. A Summit on the topic will be held in Tulsa next week with Governor Fallin as keynote speaker. The founder of a company that builds CNG fueling stations, Tom Sewell, believes Tulsa is positioned to be the leader in a compressed natural gas revolution.

The idea behind the gathering is to interest more public agencies and businesses in converting vehicles to compressed natural gas and make Oklahoma an example for the nation.                                 

Local & Regional
12:34 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

Tulsa Councilors Want Vision 2 Assurances

Tulsa City Councilors are putting together a list of Vision 2 projects to be funded…should the measure pass in November. Council Chair G.T. Bynum says they’re asking for advice how to make the list as binding as possible. Since Vision 2 would tie up funding for 17 years, he wants to make sure commitments made now are honored by future elected officials.

He says there is concern future councils or mayors could ‘tinker’ with the list and make changes not wanted by voters.