KGOU

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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Fall Semester Ends

22 hours ago
Marysville Public Library

This is the Manager’s Minute.

The holidays are upon us, and that means the end of the semester for students at the University of Oklahoma, and KGOU.

We had three Gaylord College students in Radio News – Adam Johnson, Jessica Aranda and Blake Bush. They learned how to produce broadcast stories on deadline and audio production.

Three students – Austin Robinson, Zak Kerbo and Michelle Velasco Alba - learned various aspects of our operation in the Practicum class.

Laura Knoll, KGOU

I’m Dick Pryor, general manager of KGOU Radio, and this is the Manager’s Minute.

We have exciting news to share this week.  

KGOU is now broadcasting from a transmitter near Clinton to listeners across a large part of western Oklahoma.

On December 1, Cameron University transferred the license for the transmitter to the University of Oklahoma and KGOU.

The addition of the Clinton transmitter increases the reach of KGOU’s broadcast signal to 32 counties.

StateImpact Oklahoma

This is the Manager’s Minute.

We hope you’ve noticed a new voice on KGOU over the last couple of weeks. Jackie Fortier joined the StateImpact Oklahoma reporting team in mid-November.

StateImpact is a collaboration between Oklahoma’s public radio stations (KGOU, KOSU, KWGS and KCCU) and for six years now has been delivering in-depth, enterprise reporting on policies affecting everyday Oklahomans.

Senior reporter and editor Joe Wertz focuses on energy and environment stories, Emily Wendler on education, and Jackie Fortier will lead StateImpact’s health reporting.

Giving Thanks

Nov 19, 2017
publicholidays.us

This is the Manager’s Minute.

This week we head into the holiday season – the season of thanks and giving. The generosity of our listeners fuels the work we do at KGOU and the work of reporters with StateImpact Oklahoma.

Those gifts in support of public service media really make a difference.

November 28th is Giving Tuesday, and we hope you will consider making a gift to KGOU.

You can donate online at KGOU.org.

You may want to become a sustainer, with a regular recurring  contribution.

New Shows, New Times

Nov 10, 2017
ebay

This is the Manager’s Minute.

From time to time, circumstances require us to change our programming schedule…and this is one of those times.

To the Point is going podcast-only, so in its 2:00 p.m. time slot we’re adding Fresh Air Monday through Thursday.

Science Friday will continue to air Fridays from 1:00 to 3:00, and Fresh Air will repeat at 7:00 on weeknights.

Current Conversations is going on hiatus, so we’re adding an extra half hour of All Things Considered Monday evenings from 6:30 to 7:00.

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This week marks the 50th anniversary of the Public Broadcasting Act that paved the way for NPR and PBS, and public radio and television as we know them today.

The Act created the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, through which Congress provides essential funding for public media stations.

Those funds are crucial to the public-private partnership that ensures stations like KGOU can deliver meaningful programming to all Americans.

Stream.org

This is the Manager’s Minute.

NPR is gaining popularity across the nation, and one of the reasons is its innovative, distinctive and important reporting.

As an NPR member station, over the next several weeks KGOU will be airing stories in a new NPR project called “You, Me and Them: Experiencing Discrimination in America.”

The stories are informed by a survey that asked people to relate their own experiences with discrimination in areas such as education, employment, public safety and health care.

Shevaun Williams Photography

I’m Dick Pryor, and this is the Manager’s Minute.

You may have noticed the “news media” have been in the news a lot lately. There’s been a bunch of talk about real news, fake news and how people in professional journalism do their work.

It seems to me those of us in the news business need to do a better job communicating what we do and the critical role we play in a functioning democracy.

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
Claire Donnelly / KGOU

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.

iPhone with newsletter on screen
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.

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