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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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March 13, 2016

This is from the Manager's Desk.   

This fall is the 20th anniversary of KGOU’s change to news and information during the weekdays.

We made the decision carefully. We looked at what was then available in the community and concluded if we concentrated on news and information, KGOU could be a better service.

It was a risk because we didn’t have the audience or donations to support purchasing more NPR programs at that time.

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March 6, 2016

This is from the Manager's Desk.   

Something wonderful happened for KGOU a few weeks ago, and it is a first for KGOU!

Longtime KGOU listener and supporter Marilyn Nicely set up a future endowment through a planned gift to benefit KGOU. Marilyn retired from the University of Oklahoma and wanted to show, in an enduring way, her love for OU and her appreciation for KGOU.

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February 28, 2016

This is from the Manager's Desk.   

Last week, I had an upsetting experience – my credit card number was stolen. Thankfully, it was resolved quickly. But now with a new number, I have to reset all of my automatic charges, including the sustaining gift I make to KGOU each month.

Last week I also had to schedule our annual staff meeting to review our credit card security policies on how we protect your credit card information when you make a donation to KGOU.

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February 14, 2016

This is from the Manager’s Desk.

Each year, KGOU undergoes a complete financial audit by an independent and very professional auditor. We do this for two main reasons.

First, it is a requirement of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting to have an external audit each year in order to receive our annual grant.

But over the years, I have come to really appreciate the second reason. Each year, I post the audit on our web page. All the information is there in a PDF that you can down load.

January 31, 2016

This is from the Manager's Desk.  

The following is taken from some notes that KGOU General Manager Karen Holp left behind. It appears to be this week's “Manager’s Desk.”

I know it is just the first week of February, but I hope you will not be surprised that the KGOU staff has been discussing the spring fundraising drive.

 

I know, it is a short eight or nine weeks away when we will make a lot of noise asking for your financial support.

 

Karen Holp and Laura Knoll/KGOU

January 24, 2016

This is from the Manager's Desk.   

As each semester starts at the University of Oklahoma, I like to introduce the students working at KGOU. First, let me introduce our paid student staff members.

Cesia Rascon will continue as the calendar editor, and her work is reflected in the events section of the KGOU web page. Richard Bassett also continues as our digital music and production producer. We may have a few more student hires in the next weeks.

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