Karen Holp

KGOU 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 remains in that position. 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.

 

Ways to Connect

KGOU Is Everywhere!

Jul 17, 2016
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July 17, 2016

This is from the Manager’s Desk.   

Every once in a while I like to look at the number of communities and zip codes of our members.  We have over three thousand members from two hundred zip codes within Oklahoma.

There are KGOU listeners in Woodward, Seiling and Moreland, listeners in Ada, Seminole, Wewoka, and Holdenville.  There listeners from Chickasha, Anadarko and Tuttle.  And I have to say there are some members so far away that they must be listening to the online audio stream.

Capitol Steps
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July 10, 2016

This is from the Manager’s Desk.

There are a few tickets left for the Oklahoma City performance of the Capitol Steps, this Saturday at 8pm at the OCCC Performing Arts Center. There’s a link to the tickets on the KGOU web page, and I hope to see you in the audience.

Happy New Fiscal Year!

Jul 3, 2016
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July 3, 2016

This is from the Manager’s Desk.

Happy New Fiscal Year 2017!!

That is Auld Lang Syne because we closed the books on last fiscal year.

In the last twelve months,

June 26, 2016

This is from the Manager’s Desk.

This week’s end to the broadcast of Whad’Ya Know? presented a challenge to KGOU.

We wanted to fill that space in the program schedule with something engaging and equally valuable to you. And we needed to do that within the current budget crunch that is affecting KGOU, by way of current cuts to state agencies.

We looked at a listener survey, program ratings and at fundraising patterns. And we considered carefully.

KGOU

June 19, 2016

This is from the Manager's Desk.   

This Saturday will mark the end of an era because it is the last national broadcast of Whad’Ya Know? (Not much, you?)

Earlier this year, Wisconsin Public Radio announced the program’s end, and all of a sudden, the end is here. It has been an incredible 31 year run for Michael Feldman and Whad’Ya Know? (Not much, you?)

June 12, 2016

This is from the Manager's Desk. It is a busy time at KGOU so I want to highlight a couple of things this week.

First, don't forget that the Jazz in June concerts and clincis run this Thursday through Friday. Come visit us at the KGOU booth at the concerts.

Jazz in June Is Coming!

Jun 5, 2016
Artistic drawing of the Jazz in June Jazz Cat for 2016
Jazz in June, Inc.

June 5, 2016

This is from the Manager's Desk.   

It is Jazz in June season in Norman and the festival is ready to go. There is a Jazz Jam this Friday night, June 10th at the Depot in Norman, starting at 6pm. The Zac Lee Quartet is the host band.

May 29, 2016

This is from the Manager's Desk.   

Last week I talked about some of the awards KGOU has received, and more awards are coming. The staff who create programming, and the staff that support them, are amazing.

But there’s another aspect about the awards KGOU receives that is perhaps even more important. When KGOU receives an award, it also means that you, as a listener of the station or reader of the digital content – are well served for your investment. The awards mean that the content you receive is of high quality.

May 22, 2016

This is from the Manager's Desk.   

This week, I am recognizing the KGOU and StateImpact Oklahoma staff who have won awards for content. Last February the Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters presented KGOU with two Outstanding Achievement awards for General News and Special Programming.

And recently, the Society of Professional Journalists Oklahoma Pro Chapter presented KGOU seventeen awards and StateImpact Oklahoma nine awards.

Thank you
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May 15, 2016

This is from the Manager's Desk.   

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!!

I’m happy to report more results for the spring campaign. Listener donations have continued to arrive at KGOU and we could not be more pleased.

The spring drive has raised over $191,000 from over 1,420 pledges of support. So far, we have over 300 new members from the spring drive, over 220 rejoining members, and over 880 renewing members or additional gifts.

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