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Dick Pryor

KGOU General Manager

Dick Pryor has more than 25 years of experience in public service media, having previously served as deputy director, managing editor, news manager, news anchor and host for OETA, Oklahoma’s statewide public TV network. He was named general manager of KGOU Radio in November, 2016.

A native of Norman, Pryor earned a B.A. in Journalism and a J.D. from the University of Oklahoma.  In 2015, he was chosen a Distinguished Alumnus of the Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Oklahoma, where he has served as an instructor of Mass Communication Law and Radio News. Pryor was inducted into the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame in 2009.

In addition to newsroom and station leadership, Pryor has served as news and sports anchor and reporter, talk show host, play-by-play announcer, public relations director for Oklahoma City’s professional baseball team and chief of staff for the lieutenant governor. He has provided employment law and business coaching to corporate executives, managers and human resource professionals.

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KGOU Radio

This is the Manager’s Minute.

The on-air portion of KGOU’s fall fundraiser is over, and we’ve almost reached our goal. We’ve received over $190,000 from more than 1,000 donors, including 251 new members across our 22-county listening area.

We’re also up to 557 sustaining members – people who give a regular amount to KGOU each month and automatically renew every  year.

If you’ve already donated – thanks for your support of KGOU and NPR. We're glad you appreciate our trusted news and information and enriching entertainment programming.

Oklahoma State Capitol Building
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Three agencies that serve many of the state’s most vulnerable residents are facing additional budget cuts. The Office of Management and Enterprise Services (OMES) has notified the Oklahoma Health Care Authority (OHCA), Oklahoma Department of Human Services (OKDHS) and Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (ODMHSAS) they must make cuts to fill the state’s $215 million budget hole. 

This is the Manager’s Minute.

KGOU’s fall fundraiser begins on Friday, September 29th, and the on-air part of the pledge drive runs through October 6th.

Private financial support is always important to our continued operations and growth in service.

But, because of continuing state budget cuts, generous support from our members is especially critical now. 

So, your gift really matters.

It helps us pay for programs, equipment and the people who deliver reliable news that empowers informed citizenship.

"Hardluck Jim"
KGOU Radio

This is the Manager’s Minute.

This fall we are celebrating a milestone for a person who has become an institution at KGOU.

KGOU Program Director Jim Johnson is marking 25 years – a quarter of a century – behind the microphone as producer and host of The Weekend Blues.

For a lot of us, Hardluck Jim IS the blues.

He’s taught us about the artists, the songs, the history and the state of mind that make blues music a distinctly American art form. He also mixes in some R&B, jazz and more, just to change the pace.

Welcome, Students

Sep 8, 2017
KGOU Radio

This is the Manager’s Minute.

A new semester has started at the University of Oklahoma, so it’s time to welcome students who will learn the craft, and art, of radio at KGOU.

We have several students from the Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication.

Three students - Jessica Aranda, Blake Bush and Adam Johnson – are in Radio News. They’ll be contributing to our newscasts and Assignment Radio webpage.

We have three Practicum students – Michelle Velasco Alba, Austin Robinson and Zack Kerbo.

Nyla Ali Khan
Jim Johnson / KGOU

More than a year after the death of a popular young militant, Kashmir’s youth are seeking independence and using social media to urge change.

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KGOU

This is the Manager’s Minute.

At KGOU, we’re always looking for new ways to deliver meaningful news stories and reliable information.

So, we’ve launched a new feature - our weekly email newsletter, Wavelengths.

KGOU’s Wavelengths newsletter will take you deeper into some of the top global, national and local stories of the week – by providing context, analysis and additional resources.

Wavelengths is designed for discerning News Junkies who want to learn more about their world.

Celebrating Radio

Aug 20, 2017

This is the Manager’s Minute.

August twentieth is National Radio Day, a time for celebrating radio and the public service local stations provide.

The University of Oklahoma was a radio pioneer.

An OU student started radio broadcasts in 1921; the station became WNAD in 1922, and was licensed to OU in 1923.

The University sold WNAD AM and FM in the early 70’s shortly after launching a new commercial station, KGOU, in late 1970.

Then, KGOU featured news, sports and music and was staffed by students, mostly volunteers.

KGOU Radio

You may have heard a familiar voice recently on KGOU.

He’s an Oklahoma broadcasting legend, Gary England.

For more than forty years Gary was chief meteorologist at KWTV – predicting the weather with his folksy charm and keeping Oklahomans advised about severe and violent weather.

Oklahomans trusted Gary England to keep them safe, and they still can.

Now, he works out of the University of Oklahoma, and provides his unique weather insights on KGOU.

KGOU

This is the Manager’s Minute.

The annual journalism award season just ended, with KGOU winning the Sweepstakes Award for most honors in the Oklahoma/Arkansas Associated Press competition.

KGOU, KOSU and StateImpact Oklahoma (SIO) took First Place in Government Reporting for the Oklahoma Engaged Election Project.

Oklahoma Engaged also received a regional Edward R. Murrow Award and a First Place prize from the Public Radio News Directors, Incorporated.

FCC

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The Federal Communications Commission is considering a change in Internet regulation that will affect online users. It’s about what is commonly called “net neutrality.” It is also sometimes referred to as "open internet" and "internet freedom."

In May, FCC commissioners filed a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that started a period of public comment. The comment period just ended (on July 17), and replies are due by August 16th.

State of Oklahoma

This is the Manager’s Minute.

The legislative session is over, but there’s still a lot to talk about coming from the state capitol.

Legal challenges may lead to a rare special session.

State budget cuts have forced agencies to change the way they operate and the services they provide.

And, campaigns are already starting for statewide elections in 2018.

So, to help you stay informed about Oklahoma government and politics, we invite you to listen each week to the Capitol Insider with eCapitol news director Shawn Ashley.

New Fiscal Year Begins

Jul 5, 2017
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This is the Manager’s Minute.

Summer is beginning, as KGOU’s fiscal year is ending.

KGOU operates on a July first through June thirtieth fiscal year.

This has been a year of transition and growth for the station, even as state funding has continued to shrink.

As part of higher education, KGOU’s annual appropriation has dropped almost 50-thousand dollars in the past couple of years, and more state cuts are possible.

Capitol Insider

Jul 3, 2017
State of Oklahoma

This is the Manager’s Minute.

The legislative session is over, but there’s still a lot to talk about coming from the state capitol.

Legal challenges may lead to a rare special session.

State budget cuts have forced agencies to change the way they operate and the services they provide.

And, campaigns are already starting for statewide elections in 2018.

So, to help you stay informed about Oklahoma government and politics, we invite you to listen each week to the Capitol Insider with eCapitol news director Shawn Ashley.

Happy New Fiscal Year!

Jun 29, 2017
KGOU Radio

This is the Manager’s Minute.

Summer is beginning, as KGOU’s fiscal year is ending.

KGOU operates on a July first through June thirtieth fiscal year.

This has been a year of transition and growth for the station, even as state funding has continued to shrink.

As part of higher education, KGOU’s annual appropriation has dropped almost 50-thousand dollars in the past couple of years, and more state cuts are possible.

KGOU

This is the Manager’s Minute.

I have a couple of notes to share as we head into July.

Left, Right and Center is expanding from 30 minutes to an hour beginning on Saturday, July 15.

You’ll have to get up a little earlier to catch the whole program – it will start at 6:00 a.m.

StateImpact Oklahoma is going through a transition, too.

Logan Layden has left for another job after several years of solid reporting and hosting for KGOU and StateImpact.

New Fiscal Year Begins

Jun 21, 2017

This is the Manager’s Minute.

Summer is beginning, as KGOU’s fiscal year is ending.

KGOU operates on a July first through June thirtieth fiscal year.

This has been a year of transition and growth for the station, even as state funding has continued to shrink.

As part of higher education, KGOU’s annual appropriation has dropped almost 50-thousand dollars in the past couple of years, and more state cuts are possible.

Diversity Matters

Jun 17, 2017

This is the Manager’s Minute.

In today’s interconnected world, diversity and inclusion are becoming increasingly essential to every healthy organization.

Understanding racial, ethnic, gender and religious issues is an important skill for everyone in the workplace, especially those in management and leadership positions.

Recently, I attended the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity, commonly called NCORE, sponsored by the University of Oklahoma Outreach.

Fuzzy Signal Explained

Jun 17, 2017

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Every spring, summer, and early fall, generally in the mornings, listeners may occasionally experience a fuzzy or noisy signal. Our transmitters and your radio are fine – this disruption is caused by tropospheric ducting, also called temperature inversion.

When the air gets warmer in higher altitudes and cooler in lower altitudes, this atmospheric condition permits interference with local stations by distant stations on the same frequency.  The fuzzy signal generally will clear up by noon.

Enjoying Jazz in June

Jun 17, 2017

This is the Manager’s Minute.

One of Oklahoma’s favorite musical events returns this week.

The hippest jazz festival around - Jazz in June - is back for three days of daytime clinics and evening concerts on Thursday, Friday and Saturday in Norman.

The first two nights begin at 7:30 at Brookhaven Village; the final night of the 34th annual event starts at 6:30 at Norman’s Andrews Park.

Among the standout acts are Mike Hosty and Jamie Oldaker, Victor and Penny, and Dr. Lonnie Smith.

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