Rich Fisher

General Manager & host of StudioTulsa

Rich Fisher passed through KWGS about thirty years ago, and just never left. Today, he is the general manager of Public Radio Tulsa, and the host of KWGS’s public affairs program, StudioTulsa, which will celebrate its twentieth anniversary in August 2012 . As host of StudioTulsa, Rich has conducted roughly four thousand long-form interviews with local, national, and international figures in the arts, humanities, sciences, and government.  Very few interviews have gone smoothly. Despite this, he has been honored for his work by several organizations including the Governor's Arts Award for Media by the State Arts Council, a Harwelden Award from the Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa, and was named one of the “99 Great Things About Oklahoma” in 2000 by Oklahoma Today magazine.  

In addition, Rich is an active musician. He’s currently the principal trombonist of the Signature Symphony at TCC, leads the Starlight Jazz Orchestra, and is a free-lance musician whose work ranges from the pit of touring Broadway musicals, to the salsa band, Grupo Salsabor.

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StudioTulsa
3:27 pm
Wed June 20, 2012

"The Man Who Quit Money" (Encore presentation.)

Aired on Wednesday, June 20th.

(Please note: This show first aired back in March of this year.) Ever felt like quitting the whole earning-and-buying rat race? Ever wondered what it'd be like to live without a wallet, a car, a mortgage, or even a roof over your head?

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StudioTulsa
6:32 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

The 2012 Nania Awards Recognize the "Water Challenge" of New Orleans and Its Environs

Aired on Tuesday, June 19th.

Tulsa Partners, a nonprofit organization that's been working to build a disaster-resistant and sustainable community since late 2000, will celebrate its 2012 Nania Awards this evening (Tuesday the 19th) at a banquet and fundraising auction at the Tulsa Garden Center.

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StudioTulsa
3:54 pm
Mon June 18, 2012

Nancy Pearl Offers Her Summer Reading List

Aired Monday, June 18th.

On this edition of StudioTulsa, Nancy Pearl, our longtime book expert and the author of four "Book Lust" volumes of recommended reading --- and now, also, the curator of Amazon.com's new series of reprints of classic, out-of-print books --- offers her summer reading list. (Summer arrives, officially, on Wednesday the 20th!) Here is Nancy's list:

"A Partial History of Lost Causes" by Jennifer Dubois

"After Life" by Rhian Ellis

"The Forgotten Waltz" by Anne Enright

"Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk" by Ben Fountain

"The Fault in Our Stars" by John Green

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StudioTulsa
2:32 pm
Fri June 15, 2012

A New Anti-Hunger Campaign in Tulsa: "Live Local, Give Local"

Aired on Friday, June 15th.

Did you know that more than 16% of Oklahomans live in poverty? Or that more than 23% of the children in our state live in poverty? Or that more than 80% of the students in the Tulsa Public Schools qualify for the free and reduced-cost lunch program? Or that 17% of the residents in Tulsa County are "food insecure" --- meaning, they're unsure of where they'll get their next meal? On this installment of StudioTulsa, we hear about a new anti-hunger campaign in our community that kicked off just last month: Live Local, Give Local.

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StudioTulsa
2:57 pm
Thu June 14, 2012

"Dan's War on Poverty: A Grassroots Crusade for Social Justice"

Aired on Thursday, June 14th.

On this edition of ST, we speak with the Tulsa-based writer, consultant, and activist Ann Patton, who's just published a biography of the late (and legendary) Father Dan Allen, a Catholic priest turned social activist who worked incessantly (and memorably) to combat poverty and promote equality in Tulsa in the 1960s and beyond. Father Dan is probably best known for creating the Tulsa-area social service agency, Neighbor for Neighbor, which still exists today.

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StudioTulsa
3:23 pm
Wed June 13, 2012

A Preview of LOOK Musical Theatre's Season

Aired on Wednesday, June 13th.

Eric Gibson, artistic director of LOOK Musical Theatre, is the guest on this edition of StudioTulsa. LOOK is an anchor for the Tulsa Performing Arts Center Trust's annual Summerstage Festival (which happens each June and July).

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7:38 am
Wed June 13, 2012

Top Oklahoma Job Prospects For The Next Decade

Lead in text: 
State Impact Oklahoma examines the latest data on the top occupational classifications for the next decade.
  • Source: Npr
  • | Via: State Impact Oklahoma
When it comes to income, stress, surroundings and job openings, petroleum engineers in Oklahoma have a pretty sweet gig. And though that might be the best job in Oklahoma right now, it's not the biggest employment opportunity down the road, data from the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission show.
StudioTulsa
2:39 pm
Tue June 12, 2012

Jeff Martin, Book Smart Tulsa, and 100 Cool (and Local) Literary Events (and Counting)

Aired on Tuesday, June 12th.

On this edition of our show, we speak with our old friend Jeff Martin, who occasionally contributes commentaries to ST, works as the Online Communities Manager at Philbrook Museum of Art, and is the founder/mastermind behind the ongoing (and non-profit) Book Smart Tulsa series of readings/signings. This always-active, ever-engaging literary series --- which has been popular with Tulsa book-lovers of all sorts since its inception three years ago (or so) --- will present its 100th event tonight, Tuesday the 12th, at 7pm at Dwelling Spaces in downtown Tulsa.

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StudioTulsa
3:17 pm
Mon June 11, 2012

"Panther Baby: A Life of Rebellion and Reinvention" (Encore presentation.)

Aired on Monday, June 11th.

On this edition of ST, which originally aired back in March, we speak with Jamal Joseph, whose new memoir is "Panther Baby: A Life of Rebellion and Reinvention." This engrossing autobiography --- a gritty yet hopeful hybrid of coming-of-age candor, street-savvy wisdom, and recent socio-political history --- follows Jospeph from his early years in the Bronx and Harlem, to incarceration stints in Riker's Island and then Leavenworth, to the Film School faculty of Columbia University.

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StudioTulsa
12:16 pm
Fri June 8, 2012

"The Search for the World's Most Extraordinary Language Learners" (Encore presentation.)

Aired on Friday, June 8th.

On this edition of our show, which originally aired back in February, we hear from the writer and linguistic scholar Michael Erard, who's written about language for Science, Seed, Wired, The Atlantic, The New York Times, New Scientist, and other publications.

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