KGOU

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.

 

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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.

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

May 8, 2016

This is from the Manager's Desk.   

There are two exciting things happening this week. One is planning for the future and the second happens on Friday.

May 1, 2016

This is from the Manager's Desk.   

The spring semester is ending at the University of Oklahoma, and I want to thank the students working at KGOU.

Richard Bassett is our digital music and production producer, and Storme Jones is the noon news host. Both Richard and Storme will be with us for the summer.

Cesia Rascon has been our calendar editor, and will graduate from the University of Oklahoma this spring. We wish her the very best!

Adam Burnett was our reporter Radio News class and we will hear his final stories in the next few weeks.

And in the KGOU Practicum class were Adam Burnett, Collin Gaddie, David Ransom and Patrick Smith. We appreciate their hard work!

April 24, 2016

This is from the Manager's Desk.   

Last week, KGOU hosted Mike McGrath of “You Bet Your Garden” at the Myriad Botanical Gardens. The KGOU staff had a chance to talk with about 200 listeners and donors before Mike’s presentation.

It was wonderful! So many kind words from these listeners about the content we present on air and on the web.

At the reception and in other conversations, I heard from many who are worried about KGOU’s financial future. Here’s the answer I gave them.

Thank you
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April 17, 2016

This is from the Manager's Desk.

The KGOU On-Air Spring Campaign is over, but every other campaign out there is still going strong, and more will start up soon. KGOU will be here to cover the substance of the political campaigns on the local, state and national level over the next several months.

The KGOU Campaign drive came up a little short, as it does from time to time. Just as in the past, I'm sure that more renewals and new memberships will arrive during the coming weeks.

Route 66 in Oklahoma
Corey Taratuta / Flickr Creative Commons CC BY 2.0

April 3, 2016

This is from the Manager's Desk.   

In this "Spring Campaign” our promise to you is simple --- to do the best we can with the resources we have.

KGOU’s three main sources of income are an annual grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, support from the University of Oklahoma, and support from businesses and individuals.

Right now our support from the University is declining because of budget cuts the state is having to make.

League of Women Voters / CC BY 2.0

March 27, 2016

This is from the Manager's Desk.   

The spring campaign is underway.  The candidates are staking out their positions, and lining up their supporters.

As of last Friday afternoon at KGOU,  50% of the voters said they are sick and tired of the pledge drives. 33% said they liked pledge drives, and 17% didn’t like the choices.

So your choices are clear. If you don’t like the drives, make your donation now by going to KGOU.org and clicking the donate button.

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

March 20, 2016

This is from the Manager's Desk.   

An essential part of KGOU’s programming includes the semi-annual membership drives. That funding is vital to our ability to deliver in-depth news and information in our broadcast and digital services. 

Quality journalism is an important part of the democratic process, and we at KGOU, along with NPR, strive to contribute to an informed electorate. News about the candidates, issues and campaigns will help us make our own individual choices in the voting booth. 

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