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.



Manager's Desk
2:42 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Tickets Nearly Gone for 'Whad'Ya Know?' Oct. 25 At OCCC

Whad'Ya Know? Live In Oklahoma City October 25

There are just a few seats left for the live national broadcast of Whad’Ya Know? with Michael Feldman… this Saturday at the Oklahoma City Community College Visual and Performing Arts Theater.  

The live broadcast starts at 10 a.m. and audience members are asked to be in their seats by 9:30 a.m.

Musical guests will be alt-country sounds of Honeylark, plus Michael will sample great food from Cattlemen's Restaurant.

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Manager's Desk
7:20 am
Sat October 18, 2014


I listen, I support KGOU!

October 18, 2014

Song: Crystal Gayle's "Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue" 

This is from the Manager’s Desk.

No, no, no, my brown eyes are not blue. It does matter that we didn’t make the goal for the fall membership drive. But, we did raise over $191,000 in pledges of support!

And that's close. Close enough that I know the pledges coming in during the next several weeks will cover the gap and more.

A friend left a message on my phone last Friday saying she couldn't pledge now, was going out of town, and would call me in ten days.

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Manager's Desk
5:30 am
Sun October 5, 2014

Support KGOU, Whad'Ya Know? and Kate Carlton Greer

Kate Carlton Greer
Credit KGOU

October 5, 2014

This is from the Manager’s Desk.

I have two reminders and some great news. First the reminders –

There is still time to create your sign or get one from our web page and take a selfie to show your support for KGOU. The big moment is coming soon!

Tickets are going fast for the Michael Feldman’s Whad’Ya Know? show on October 25th. Get yours soon!

Now the great news. Because listener support has steadily has grown, KGOU now can afford to grow as well.

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Manager's Desk
7:45 am
Sun September 28, 2014

The KGOU Challenge, Part Two -- And Whad'Ya Know?

Karen Holp holds sign that reads, "I listen, I support KGOU."
Credit KGOU

September 28, 2014

This is from the Manager’s Desk.

I hope you are thinking of some creative signs that you can use to show your support of KGOU for the upcoming membership drive. Or you can visit this past Manager's Desk and copy one of the pre-made signs from the slideshow there.

This fall we are asking you for two things. We are asking you for make your financial gift to KGOU and to show your support on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

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5:29 pm
Sat September 27, 2014

Alton Nolen Will Be Charged With 1st-Degree Murder

Police Sgt. Jeremy Lewis says Nolen will be charged with first-degree murder and assault and battery with a deadly weapon, and that he may also face federal charges. "We've already interviewed him and charges will be filed on Monday," Lewis said.
A man who was shot after he beheaded one woman and attacked another at an Oklahoma food processing plant from which he had just been fired has regained consciousness and has been interviewed by detectives, police said Saturday.
Manager's Desk
7:00 am
Sun September 21, 2014

The KGOU Challenge


September 21, 2014

This is from the Manager’s Desk.

With so much going on throughout the world and right here in Oklahoma, the KGOU staff works to bring you news, talk and entertainment programs that help you make sense of it all.

As we encourage you to provide the financial support necessary to keep these programs available on KGOU, we’re spreading the word on social media. Here’s the KGOU Challenge:

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Manager's Desk
5:00 am
Sun September 14, 2014

Review Of KGOU's Revenue

Support Public Radio
Credit Hey Paul Studio / Creative Commons

September 14, 2014

This is from the Manager’s Desk.

The KGOU revenue budget is a delicate mixture of revenues.

Eighteen percent of KGOU’s cash comes from the University of Oklahoma, and another 10 percent from our annual grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

This fiscal year, just three percent of the revenue comes from a special grant from CPB for Ahead of the Storm: The Oklahoma Tornado Project – a project that ends on September 30.

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Manager's Desk
5:05 am
Sun September 7, 2014

Whad'Ya Know? And The Fall Membership Drive

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Credit Hey Paul Studio / Creative Commons

Next month, October, is going to be a very busy month as it always is. Now despite all the football, football, football -- we have one annual event at KGOU and a special event this year.

Of course, the annual event is the annual fall membership drive. It will be situated between football Saturdays so there is no reason not to participate. Click here to make your donation.

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Manager's Desk
5:00 am
Sun August 24, 2014

Students At KGOU For The Fall Semester

OU Students at KGOU During the Fall 2010 Semester.
Credit Laura Knoll / KGOU Radio

August 24, 2014

This is from the Manager’s Desk.

Each semester, we have students at KGOU, earning pay or earning class credits.

This past summer, Madeline Stebbins anchored the noon newscasts, but her class schedule would not permit her to continue this fall. Our appreciation goes to Madeline for her outstanding work.

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Manager's Desk
6:00 am
Sun August 17, 2014

Celebrating Three Glorious Years of StateImpact Oklahoma

Credit StateImpact Oklahoma

I just completed a final report for the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation for their support of the third year of StateImpact Oklahoma.

I want to highlight the great year we had with StateImpact Oklahoma.

Last year, StateImpact Oklahoma reporters Joe Wertz and Logan Layden created 47 radio stories, appeared on OETA or other TV outlets 18 times, created 254 regular web posts and 27 multi-media web stories with interactive maps and visualizations.

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