Covers Revisited: July 2003 with Rich Fisher
The general manager of Public Radio Tulsa and longtime host of “StudioTulsa” remains an avid musician and familiar radio voice.
If you listen to FM stations KWGS (89.5) and KWTU (88.7), you have heard Rich Fisher, general manager of Public Radio Tulsa and longtime host of “StudioTulsa.” Missy Kruse’s “Mr. Low Key” July 2003 cover story mentioned Fisher and Bryan Byrne, his producer at the time, “doing their darndest to compete on what has become the highly sophisticated playing field of public radio.”
Sixteen years later, Public Radio Tulsa’s audience has grown by 20,000, thanks to its streaming signal on the internet and podcasting. Fisher, who has been at KWGS for 32 years, says that between the two stations the weekly audience is around 100,000 listeners.
Fisher has hosted “StudioTulsa” for 27 years, and has learned a few shortcuts to prepare for the wide-ranging interviews he conducts. “I’ve always been a quick reader,” he says. “It really depends on how much I know about the guest and their subject beforehand.”
In 2003 Fisher, also a musician, spent his free time playing trombone with Signature Symphony (and still does) and with Mezclave Latin jazz band. Nowadays he also performs with touring musicals and the Starlight Concert Band, and conducts the Starlight Jazz Orchestra.
Empty-nesters Fisher and his wife, Holly, are both active musicians and love to travel, he says. “I also hear from a close personal source (a high-ranking official in the Fisher family), an RV may be in my near immediate future.”