Brian Hardzinski

Operations/Public Service Announcement Director/Morning Edition Host

Brian Hardzinski grew up in Flower Mound, Texas but came to the University of Oklahoma for college. He began his career at KGOU as an unpaid student intern assisting with various production and operations tasks, before spending two years producing and hosting Assignment: Radio and occasionally filling in during All Things Considered. Brian returned to KGOU as the Operations and Public Service Announcement Director in January 2009. He began regularly hosting Morning Edition in 2014. Brian’s past work with KGOU has been honored by Public Radio News Directors Incorporated (PRNDI), the Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters, the Oklahoma Associated Press Broadcasters, and local and regional chapters of the Society of Professional Journalists.

Brian graduated from OU in 2008 with degrees in Broadcast Journalism and History. A Norman resident, Brian enjoys competing in triathlons, distance running, playing tennis, and entertaining his rambunctious Boston Terrier named Bucky.

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OKC Bombing: 20 Years Later
8:14 am
Fri April 17, 2015

Oklahoma's Congressional Delegation Reflects On Murrah Bombing Anniversary

Oklahoma's longest-serving Congressman led the state's delegation on the House floor in Washington Thursday to reflect on the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing as the 20th anniversary approaches.

U.S. Rep. Frank Lucas was a freshman lawmaker representing Oklahoma's now-defunct Sixth Congressional District that included downtown Oklahoma City.

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Business Intelligence Report
6:37 am
Fri April 17, 2015

Technological And Engineering Lessons From The Oklahoma City Bombing

An American Red Cross volunteer hugs a victim after the Oklahoma City bombing in April 1995.
Credit Provided / American Red Cross

All this week we’ve looked back at the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah federal building as the 20th anniversary approaches – from some of the lingering mental health issues, to a new play that tells survivors’ stories, to how the recovery from the tragedy sparked downtown Oklahoma City’s renaissance.

On April 19, four employees of the Oklahoma Historical Society were injured while working in the Journal Record building across the street from the Murrah building. They ended up in four different hospitals, with little to no way to coordinate communication. That’s one of the biggest challenges the American Red Cross faced that day, according to The Journal Record’s Kirby Lee Davis:

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OKC Bombing: 20 Years Later
5:48 am
Fri April 17, 2015

Sneak Preview: "That April Morning - The Oklahoma City Bombing"

It's been nearly 20 years since a bomb destroyed the Alfred P. Murrah federal building in downtown Oklahoma City. The aftermath of the tragedy continues to reverberate through the city and shape the character of the state.

Friday morning at 11 a.m. KGOU will debut a new documentary called That April Morning: The Oklahoma City Bombing. We've produced this sneak peak:

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OKC Bombing: 20 Years Later
6:26 am
Thu April 16, 2015

Clinton To Speak At Sunday's Ceremony Remembering Oklahoma City Bombing Victims

Former president Bill Clinton will speak during Sunday’s ceremony to mark the 20th anniversary of the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building.

Clinton was in office during the 1995 bombing, and now serves as a member of the national advisory board for the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum.

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Oklahoma News
1:06 pm
Tue April 14, 2015

Tulsa Reserve Sheriff's Deputy Turns Himself In To Face Manslaughter Charges

Tulsa County Sheriff's reserve deputy Robert Bates enters the Tulsa County Jail Tuesday.
KWGS Public Radio Tulsa

Updated 4/14, 12:56 p.m.: Bates turns himself in

An Oklahoma reserve sheriff's deputy charged with manslaughter in the shooting death of a man who was subdued on the ground has surrendered to authorities.

Robert Bates turned himself in Tuesday morning at the Tulsa County Jail. The 73-year-old insurance executive was charged with second-degree manslaughter Monday in the April 2 shooting.

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World Views
4:30 pm
Fri April 10, 2015

World Views: April 10, 2015

China is gaining ground in a land dispute with its neighbors - literally. Rebecca Cruise discusses the country’s rapid environmental transformation of an archipelago in the South China Sea.

Then Arun Gandhi, the grandson of legendary Indian civil rights leader Mahatma Gandhi, talks about lessons from his grandfather and applying his family’s legacy to the 21st century.

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World Views
9:23 am
Fri April 10, 2015

Response Not Likely To Disputed Chinese Land Grab (And Creation) In South China Sea

Satellite images from March 17, 2015 show new structures and construction equipment present on Mischief Reef in the South China Sea
DigitalGlobe/Asia Maritime Transparency Institute Center for Strategic and International Studies

China is gaining ground in a land dispute with its neighbors – literally.

For decades, China, Vietnam, and the Philippines have fought over an archipelago known as the Spratly Islands.

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Business Intelligence Report
6:27 am
Fri April 10, 2015

Even With Downtown Parking Woes, Oklahoma City Still Opposes Uber Regulations

Taxis are parked outside Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City.
Brent Fuchs The Journal Record

The ride-sharing industry in Oklahoma has gone largely unregulated since Uber first arrived in Oklahoma City in 2013. The services have been challenged by limousine and taxi operators, but there’s little in the way of formal rules for how Uber, or its major competitor Lyft, can operate.

House Bill 1614 would change that. Whenever a driver turns on the app and are transporting or picking up passengers, a $1 million liability insurance policy would apply.

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Weather and Climate
4:43 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

Tornado Watch Issued Ahead Of Likely Severe Storms In Central, Northern Oklahoma

Thunderstorms are expected to begin isolated, but quickly become severe. It will likely be later in the afternoon before any severe thunderstorm is able to form, likely first in northern Oklahoma then farther south.
Norman Forecast Office National Weather Service

Updated 3:44 p.m.: Tornado Watch issued for areas north, west of Interstate 44

The National Weather Service has issued a Tornado Watch for much of the state north and west of a line that roughly follows Interstate 44.

The Norman Forecast Office says scattered showers and a few thunderstorms will move across central and eastern Oklahoma through the afternoon, bringing small hail and occasional lightning.

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Weather and Climate
1:58 pm
Mon April 6, 2015

Small Business Loans Available After Federal Disaster Declaration Denied For March 25 Tornadoes

A classroom at the damaged Southgate-Rippetoe Elementary School in Moore, that took a direct hit during the March 25 tornado.
Kate Carlton Greer KGOU

Updated April 8, 7:31 a.m.: SBA loans available

The U.S. Small Business Administration has announced that low-interest federal disaster loans are available to Oklahoma businesses and residents affected by the severe storms that raked parts of the state last month.

Tuesday's disaster declaration makes SBA assistance available in Canadian, Cleveland, Creek, Grady, McClain, Oklahoma, Okmulgee, Osage, Pawnee, Pottawatomie, Rogers, Tulsa, Wagoner and Washington counties.

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