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Dear Friends of Public Radio Tulsa,

First of all, thank you for listening to Public Radio Tulsa; more people are joining you in northeast Oklahoma! In our recent Fall ratings book, both KWGS and KWTU saw major jumps in audience. KWGS grew by nearly 17% to over 82,000 listeners a week, and KWTU grew by 28% to over 31,000 listeners as compared to Fall 2015. Usually, when one station is up, the other shows a decline, but we’ve been seeing growth in both station’s audience over the past 6 months. All told, over 100,000 unique listeners listen to Public Radio Tulsa each week. Thank you again, and keep telling your friends about public radio!

We kicked off our first "Give and Take” event last month to an overwhelming response.  Over 100 listeners crowded into Lefty’s on Greenwood to hear from freshmen legislators Carol Bush and Monroe Nichols.  We’re working now to set up the next Give and Take on Education funding later this month, and will shoot you an email when the details are finalized.

Finally, I want to take a moment to address the future of federal funding for public broadcasting. 

Everywhere I go, I’m approached by friends and acquaintances, with a tentative “How are you doing?”, which quickly evolves to “How is the station doing?”  With the change of Presidential administration, there has been talk of funding cuts to, or “privatization” of, the Corporation of Public Broadcasting. CPB provides the federal funding to both public radio and television stations throughout the country. (READ MORE)


We will follow the activities on Capitol Hill closely. The Administration’s proposed budget for FY18 should be coming soon. I correspond with NPR’s Vice-President for Representation regularly, and I will keep you informed about the status of federal funding for public broadcasting.

Cheers for now,


Rich Fisher
General Manager
            


NPR SPECIAL SERIES: OUR LAND
    From the Mississippi blues to pig farming in Iowa to the tale of an Uzbek familiy's American journey, NPR special Correspondent Melissa Block is on the road. She is telling incredible stories of time, place and people. You can listen to all of Melissa's stories HERE.

THE STATE OF JOURNALISM

    With allegations of fake news and bias reporting, KWGS’ John Durkee examined the craft of journalism as it is practiced in Tulsa.
    You can hear HERE his three part series that aired in mid-February during Morning Edition.
Just What IS A Charter School, Anyway?
   They are publicly-funded, privately-run schools have been around since in 1992. We think we know everything about them but the but the PDK/Gallup polls shows otherwise.
   The Trump administration has made school choice a cornerstone of its education policy. To help us understand more, NPR explores charter schools work, who runs them, how they're funded and whether they work better than the traditional public schools they're often competing against. (READ MORE)

THE GIVE AND TAKE
    Nearly 100 listeners and concerned, engaged community members joined us for civil discourse, learning and the lively exchange of ideas on Thursday, February 9.  We even had some laughter. (READ MORE)

    You can see more photos from the first event HERE. We hope to see you at the next one focusing on education coming up later this month...stay tuned for details!
 

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SPRING, HERBS, PUBLIC RADIO, AND YOU
    It's almost spring, when thoughts turn to...supporting Public Radio Tulsa!  Our Spring Fund Drive will be March 29 - 31 on KWTU, and April 3 - 8 on KWGS.  But don't wait!  Pledge now and take advantage of our TWO Early-Bird thank-you gifts!  (READ MORE)
THE SPLENDID TABLE
    You will hear a new voice on The Splendid Table beginning March 12. 
    Recently announced new host Francis Lam has been a regular contributor and guest host since 2010. The award-winning Lynne Rossetto Casper is retiring at the end of 2017; in meantime, Lynne, Francis and other guest hosts will share the hosting duties. 
    Watch Francis' welcome greeting here.
    You can listen to The Splendid Table on Public Radio 89.5 Sundays at 3:00 p.m.
    We bid Lynne a happy upcoming
 retirement! Thank you for filling our homes with delicious recipes, laughs, wisdom and saving Thanksgiving more times than we can count. 
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