Karen Holp

General Manager

Karen earned her Master (1974) and Bachelor (1972) degrees from the University of Akron in Ohio, and has worked as Program Director at WMRA-FM, James Madison University in Harrisonburg Virginia and WUIS-FM, University of Illinois at Springfield. She moved to Las Cruces, New Mexico in 1979 to become General Manager of KRWG-FM.

Karen became an Oklahoman in 1988 when she came to the University of Oklahoma as the General Manager of KGOU Radio. Karen also holds the rank of Adjunct Assistant Professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communications and teaches Radio News each semester that results in Assignment: Radio, heard biweekly on Sundays at noon during the regular semesters. She is also faculty of record for other practicum and internship opportunities through OU School of Journalism.

Karen is very active in public radio affairs: she has served a six-year term on the Board of Directors of National Public Radio from 1988-1994, and has been a participant on a wide variety of panels and committees for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, NPR and others. Karen is the past Treasurer of Western States Public Radio and currently Chair of the Board of Rocky Mountain Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

Karen also serves on the Board of Directors of Freedom of Information Oklahoma, an organization that works to preserve the First Amendment. She is a long-time board member of Jazz in June, Inc. in Norman that presents free jazz concerts each June.  She previously has served on the board of Neighborhood Alliance, Inc. in Oklahoma City.

Of late, KGOU joined with the other public broadcasting entities in Oklahoma to form the Oklahoma Public Media Exchange.  Karen was elected Chair for fiscal year 2012 and again for 2013. OPME is working to collaborate on projects of mutual interest that further the public service mission of public broadcasting.

Karen was recognized in 2004 by the Norman Arts Council as "Businessperson in the Arts and Humanities."  In 2005, Karen received a Governor's Arts Community Service Award, which recognizes individuals for significant contributions to the arts in specific Oklahoma communities in the areas of leadership and volunteerism. Karen was recognized by the Oklahoma Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists as "Teacher of the Year" in 2014.

 

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Manager's Desk
9:00 am
Sun July 20, 2014

Covering Government: The Work Of Reporters

Gov. Mary Fallin prepares to deliver her 2013 State of the State address, flanked by Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb, and House Speaker T.W. Shannon.
Credit Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

July 20, 2014

This is from the Manager’s Desk.

A new study by Pew Research confirms what many of us knew … that the number of full time journalists covering state government continues to decline.  Here’s a link to that study.

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6:46 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Poll: Oklahomans Support More Regulation of Wind Energy Development; Oppose Taxpayer Subsidies

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Voters want to see the Oklahoma Corporation Commission, which currently oversees all other electrical generating facilities in the state except for electricity created by wind, to regulate wind energy as well, with 72.4 percent in support.
Results from the latest SoonerPoll indicate that likely Oklahoma voters, who in other polling typically oppose more regulation, believe there is not enough regulation of wind energy development or oversight of wind tax subsidies in the state. Slightly more than two-thirds (68.4%) of Oklahomans support more...
6:46 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Oklahoma Is Winning Its Medicaid Standoff With The Feds — For Now

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The one-year extension announced by Gov. Mary Fallin on Monday keeps Insure Oklahoma on life support through the end of 2015. In her statement, the governor talked about buying more time to negotiate a permanent place for Insure Oklahoma — but nothing about expanding coverage.
Oklahoma is one of about two dozen states that hasn't expanded Medicaid - and it's tangled in a unique standoff of sorts with the Obama administration. Oklahoma and the federal agency overseeing Medicaid are still wrestling with the fate of a decade-old state program covering almost 20,000 low-income adults.
Thank You For FY2014
6:00 am
Sun June 29, 2014

Happy New Fiscal Year!

Credit Kevin Dooley

June 29, 2014

This is from the Manager’s Desk.

Yes, that is Auld Lang Syne in the background as we fold up and put way the books on fiscal year 2014. 

In the last twelve months, we…

  • Maintained a quality broadcast and digital services twenty four hours per day, three hundred and sixty five days a year.
  • Launched the Oklahoma Tornado Project and continued the StateImpact Oklahoma reporting efforts,
  • Won a number of awards for staff and student work, including 3 national awards,
  • Said farewell to staff members Kurt Gwartney and Kathy Hawkins, and
  • Saw continued audience and business support growth in support of our service.

Thank you for the success of fiscal year fourteen. 

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Manager's Desk
6:00 am
Sun June 22, 2014

Happy Retirement To Kathy Hawkins, KGOU Business Manager

Kathy Hawkins, KGOU Business Manager
Credit Laura Knoll / KGOU

June 22, 2014

This is from the Manager’s Desk.

This week, I’m giving tribute to KGOU’s Business Manager of the last eight years, Kathy Hawkins, who is retiring at the end of the month.

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9:27 am
Sun June 15, 2014

Teachers Mix Primary Colors

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An Enid News & Eagle study of teacher certification and voter data showed more than 1,200 educators re-registered with the GOP since May 2013.
Related Photos Discussion ENID, Okla. - Buddy Wood always has been a Democrat. Always. Just not now. Like most voters in Beckham County, a rural plain that straddles Interstate 40 on the Texas line, Wood registered with the Democratic Party when it came time to vote.
Manager's Desk
8:59 am
Sun June 15, 2014

Summer Solstice Is No Time To Dream

A watercolor of a scene from "A Midsummer Nights Dream" by John Simmons, 1823-1876.
Credit John Simmons / commons.wikipedia.org

June 15, 2014

This is from the Manager’s Desk. 

It may be hard to think but we are now in the last week of spring!

The summer solstice comes just before 6 a.m. on Saturday, June 21st. 

Ah, midsummer’s eve – dreams of fairies and maypoles, of bonfires, and plays within plays.

“If we shadows have offended, Think but this, and all is mended, That you have but slumbered here While these visions did appear.” 

But we have no time to dream now!

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Manager's Desk
6:00 am
Sun June 8, 2014

Jazz In June 2014

Jazz in June, Inc.
Credit Jazz in June, Inc.

June 8, 2014

This is from the Manager’s Desk.

Next week, Jazz in June’s annual concerts, clinics and musician jams are here in Norman. Check the Jazz in June web page for more information about the concerts – from locations, times, the artistic line up and more. 

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Manager's Desk
6:00 am
Sun June 1, 2014

Take KGOU With You Wherever You Go!

KGOU's mobile web site on Karen's phone.
Credit KGOU/Laura Knoll

June 1, 2014

This is from the Manager’s Desk.

This week, I’m touring KGOU’s services in digital spaces.  Start with the web page at KGOU!  Of course the local news and programs from KGOU are there, plus NPR news, but the Calendar section of local non-profit events is amazing. 

There is an easy way to view the site on your mobile phone or tablet, and an RSS feed for each of KGOU’s regular features.  Stay here and look around, bookmark the site, subscribe to the RSS feeds, listen to the live stream, and make a donation.

KGOU also maintains Facebook pages for KGOU News, the Weekend Blues, and Indian Times, and Twitter feeds for KGOU News and World Views.

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Manager's Desk
6:06 am
Sun May 25, 2014

June Is Always Busy -- Support KGOU Now!

Support KGOU before the fiscal year ends!
Credit Hey Paul Studio / Creative Commons

May 25, 2014

This is from the "The Manager's Desk."

In one month, KGOU’s fiscal year will end.  As usual, I am spending some time looking at the membership revenue to date, and making sure that expenses are what we planned. 

There are a number of membership one-time pledges still outstanding from the spring membership drive. And it means that if your membership pledge needs to be paid, you have about four weeks to get it done.

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