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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.

Ways to Connect

The year 1968 will long be remembered for its political and social upheaval. As Americans reeled from the assassinations of two prominent leaders and sentiment deepened against the Vietnam War, politicians from both parties struggled to respond to aggravated constituents and build consensus.  

KGOU offers an hour-long public forum and debate over State Question 788. 

 Presented by Oklahoma Watch, the May 16th forum features Dr. Jean Hausheer, president of the Oklahoma State Medical Associtation; Frank Grove, chairman of Vote Yes on 788 and president of the Drug Policy Reform Network of Oklahoma; and Rep. John Paul Jordan.    

Rockabilly, punk, surf & blues are more than musical genres. For many they represent a certain attitude, outlook and even… a way of life. Those who subscribe to such an outlook accept no substitutes or imposters. That’s where The Vibro Kings come in. This Oklahoma-based trio’s music reflects a genuine appreciation for the aforementioned genres and the kind of ethos each tends to reflect. These guys are serious about their craft and what it says about them & their fans.

The Lucky Losers

The Lucky Losers is a band featuring vocalist Cathy Lemons and vocalist/ harmonica ace Phil Berkowitz.Their music is a throwback to the hybrid of soul, blues, rock, gospel, and country that emerged in the late 1960’s - with harmonies reminiscent of Delaney and Bonnie. 

FOI Oklahoma

Freedom Of Information Oklahoma, a non-profit organization formed to promote openness in government, held a 2-hour 2018 gubernatorial candidate debate April 28, 2018. The event took place on the University of Central Oklahoma campus and was presented in partnership with UCentral Media and UCO Mass Communication Department. 

This March 1, 2006 file photo shows civil rights pioneer Clara Luper in Oklahoma City.
AP Photo/Ty Russell, File

This week's Sunday Radio Matinee feature continues our commemoration of Black History Month as KGOU presents "A Conversation With... Clara Luper", an OETA production that offers personal interviews with famous and influential Oklahomans about their lives and contributions to the state.

The Invention Of Race

Feb 11, 2018
Gomes de Zurara, the Portuguese inventor of blackness (and whiteness), highlighted, on The Monument to the Discoveries in Lisbon, Portugal.
Harvey Barrison

Compiled by Award-winning producer John Biewen from the “Seeing White” series on his “Scene on Radio” podcast, The Invention of Race traces the development of racial and racist ideas from the ancient world — when there was no notion of race — up to the founding of the United States.  

State representatives Scott Inman, D-Del City, and Earl Sears, R-Bartlesville, debate on the Oklahoma House floor on May 27, 2016.
Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

The primary work of the second legislative special session of the year is over.

On Friday afternoon, Governor Mary Fallin signed SB0001XX and SB0002XX to provide supplemental funding for the Oklahoma Health Care Authority and Department of Human Services to get the agencies through April. The Senate passed the bills on Wednesday and the House of Representatives passed them on Friday, without any no votes, to send them to the governor.

Radiolab / WNYC

The Supreme Court of the United States reconvenes this October and we thought the occasion marked the perfect opportunity to explore the history and inner workings of the highest court in the land by way of More Perfect - a 5-part special from the makers of Radiolab. Supreme Court decisions shape everything from marriage and money to public safety and sex.

Concert Billing Art

Among the great joys of hosting The Weekend Blues is the opportunity I have to talk to so many incredible musicians. On September 19th I had the pleasure of doing just that with the “Soul Queen Of New Orleans.” If that wasn’t enough, Irma Thomas took a second phone call from me on October 13th to share with us how things were going in the early days of her package tour with the Blind Boys Of Alabama and the Preservation Hall Legacy Quintet.

Here are some of the highlights of those two brief conversations:

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. 

IQ2 U.S.

Against the backdrop of North Korea's nuclear advances and escalating regional tensions, we ask: How should the U.S. respond to its most urgent national security threats?

In a wide-ranging evening of debate, General David Petraeus joins military historian Max Boot for a keynote conversation and broad look into the most pressing global challenges of the Trump era.

LBJ's War

Sep 17, 2017
PRI

A president of immense political shrewdness and skill, Lyndon Baines Johnson begins his White House tenure with a string of stunning accomplishments, and appears destined for Rushmore-level greatness.

Four years later, his presidency is in tatters, the spectacular early successes eclipsed by a single, equally spectacular failure: a ruinous and misbegotten war that will ultimately cost the lives of 58,000 Americans and upwards of two million Vietnamese.

(L to R) David Fritze, OK Watch Executive Editor; Anna Langthorn, Oklahoma Democratic Party Chair; Bill Shapard, founder SoonerPoll.com; Pam Pollard, Oklahoma Republican Party Chair
Oklahoma Watch

The 2018 election season is now underway. Republicans continue to dominate state offices, but Democrats are seeing signs of momentum for their party. Each party feels that there is a lot at stake in Oklahoma's upcoming elections.  

black and white portrait
PRX.org/AIR

In the early 1970’s, author Studs Terkel went around the country with a reel-to-reel tape recorder interviewing people about their jobs. The result was a book called "Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do." The book became a bestseller and even inspired a Broadway musical – something rare for an oral history collection. "Working" struck a nerve, because it elevated the stories of ordinary people and their daily lives. Studs celebrated the uncelebrated.

Typing hands
Re:sound

Re:sound is a collection of stories from the sonic hunter-gatherers at Third Coast International Audio Festival.  Hosted by award-winning Gwen Macsai, and produced by Dennis Funk, 'The Writing Out of Trouble Show' is the 5th episode of a special six-part 'summer' series of programs.  This program features two stories of love through loss.   The first deals with the wife of a terminally ill man who found herself having to deal with the difficult role of being the family spokesperson providing health

Re:sound/PRX

Season 4 of Re:sound is here... and from the sonic hunter-gatherers at Third Coast International Audio Festival. Hosted by award-winning producer and writer Gwen Macsai, Re:sound presents unforgettable audio stories curated from all over the world. Each of the episodes explores a new theme through a variety of lenses, a refreshing mix of storytelling styles and joyful use of sound.

outdoor thermometer in single digits
RiverRatt3 / Flickr Creative Commons

Season 4 of Re:sound is here... and from the sonic hunter-gatherers at Third Coast International Audio Festival. Hosted by award-winning producer and writer Gwen Macsai, Re:sound presents unforgettable audio stories curated from all over the world. Each of the episodes explores a new theme through a variety of lenses, a refreshing mix of storytelling styles and joyful use of sound.

Re:Sound / PRX

Season 4 of Re:sound is here... and from the sonic hunter-gatherers at Third Coast International Audio Festival.

The Kitchen Sisters (L: Nikki Silva and R: Davia Nelson)
PRX.org

From the dunes of the Sahara to a slumber party in Manhattan, from the dancehalls of Jamaica to a racetrack in Ramallah, host Tina Fey takes us around the world into the secret life of girls and the women they become.

The Hidden World Of Girls is a two-part program we're bringing back to commemorate Women's History Month.  Sound-rich, evocative, funny, and powerful–stories of coming of age, rituals and rites of passage, secret identities of women who crossed a line, blazed a trail, and changed the tide.

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