Jim Johnson

KGOU Program Manager / Host of The Weekend Blues

Jim is a journalism/mass communications graduate from the University of Oklahoma. While still a student, he became the host of what is now The Weekend Blues. He currently serves as KGOU’s Program Director where he supervises all aspects of KGOU’s on-air programming output. 

Jim serves as Program Chair for Jazz in June, Norman’s annual Jazz and Blues festival. He also enjoys singing and playing in a Blues/Rock band (guitar) in various venues around the metro.

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http://www.thirdcoastfestival.org/

 Re:sound is Third Coast's remix of music, documentaries, found sound, sound bites, and little audio surprises we find all over the world. The show features personal narratives, sonic portraits, investigative documentaries, experimental sound art, and humorous essays. It's radio you can't hear anywhere else, unless you live everywhere else. Host Gwen Macsai presents this remarkable audio work along with behind-the-scenes interviews and other “bonus tracks” for your listening pleasure.

Reveal: Hell Of A Job

Jul 12, 2015
www.revealnews.org / Reveal / The Center For Investigative Reporting

In July, Reveal investigates who’s responsible for protecting workers harmed on the job. Reveal’s collaborative investigation with FRONTLINE, Univision, the Investigative Reporting Program at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism and KQED examines the hidden problem of sexual assault on the night shift.

Capitol Steps
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THIS Independence Day, enjoy the Capitol Steps one-hour long special, "Politics Takes a Holiday!"

It's the most wonderful time of the year when Presidential candidates emerge from their political slumbers and proclaim themselves fit to rule this Nation. The singing political comedians the Capitol Steps will take on Jeb Bush, Hillary Clinton, Ted Cruz, Bernie Sanders and all the other "76 Unknowns" who have thrown their hat (and your money) into the ring. It's time to "Mock the Vote" in 2015!

Boris Timanovsky
Jordan Silverman / The Moth

KGOU presents a special Father's Day edition of The Moth Radio Hour featuring: A man (Andrew Postman) who faints at the sight of blood prepares to become a father, a Russian immigrant (Boris Timanovsky) takes a trip home and tries to fulfill a promise to his mother, a child (Annalise Raziq) goes to great lengths to hide brussels sprouts from her stepfather, and a family (Dori Samadzai) fights to stay in the country they call home. Producer Jay Allison hosts this tribute to the trials and occasional triumphs of fatherhood.  

Norman Forecast Office / National Weather Service

Updated 9:02 p.m. The National Weather Services says, "Strong to severe storms seem to be increasing in coverage as winds just off the surface (low level jet) is intensifying. Most of these storms are becoming severe quickly, with large hail and very heavy rainfall the primary concerns. Storms may eventually merge into one or more clusters and move north and east. Stay alert as we head into the overnight hours in case storms intensify in your area."

 

U.S. Rep. Steve Russell (R-Okla.) says the United States shouldn't "accommodate" Iran in ongoing nuclear talks.
Jacob McCleland / KGOU

Steve Russell’s new career is a lot different than his previous one. 

The first term Congressman from Oklahoma’s fifth district is settling into his new job after spending 21 years in the Army, where he rose to the rank of lieutenant colonel.

He served all over the globe, including in Kosovo, Kuwait, Afghanistan and Iraq. His unit played a key role in the search for Saddam Hussein. Russell wrote a book about it, We Got Him! A Memoir of The Hunt and Capture of Saddam Hussein.

KGOU’s Jacob McCleland spoke to Russell, a Republican, following a town hall meeting at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond on April 2, 2015.

Organized citizens of large cities can be a greater force of innovation in leadership than state or federal governments, according to the vice president of the Brookings Institution.

Bruce Katz discussed the premise of his book The Metropolitan Revolution during a January 28 event at the University of Central Oklahoma. He emphasized the country’s economic growth model needs to “get back to the fundamentals” without relying on state and federal governments to lead the way.

When asked what constitutes a life well spent, Will Rogers once answered, “Love and admiration from your fellow men is all that anyone can ask.” 

In April 2011, Oklahoma-born musician, Beau Jennings shared with KGOU his admiration for Rogers, and an ambitious desire to pay musical tribute to his "boyhood hero." Friday marks the consummation of at least part of Jennings’ pursuit - an album release concert featuring material from The Verdigris. 

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Communications Director Christina Foss and the rest of the Arts Council of Oklahoma City spent most of the year working toward Oklahoma City’s New Year's Eve festivities.

“We put months into planning Opening Night, because we use 400 volunteers for the event and that planning starts in the Spring of every year,” Foss said.

Jim Johnson

Like the popular condiment from which it borrows its name, salsa music represents a spicy blend of ingredients. More specifically, it’s a melding of Pan-Latino dance music, popularized as such during the mid-20th century.

“The way it was explained to me in Puerto Rico by some of my elders was that the drums - the congas and the percussion - that’s from Africa,” says Nelson Cordero, lead singer of Oklahoma City-based The Salsa Shakers. “[The music] went to Cuba, then Puerto Rico back in the 60s.”

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