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

Laura Knoll / KGOU

I am proud to introduce a new staff member at KGOU, and I ask you to join in with us in welcoming him to Oklahoma. KGOU’s next news director is Jacob McCleland.

Patrick Roberts / KGOU

This week, I’m very happy to announce that we have expanded the KGOU service area a few more miles with the installation of a small transmitter near Shawnee, Oklahoma.

K286BZ operates at 105.1 FM at about 250 watts and will help fill in with a clear signal in Shawnee. It should serve the northern half of Pottawatomie County.

The dip in the land in Shawnee and generally just south of I40 was an area where both KGOU and KROU signals get very fuzzy. So this addition of this small transmitter will deliver the KGOU signal clearly into town.

AP U.S. History study guides
Brian Hardzinski / KGOU

Updated 12:20 p.m.

House Speaker Jeff Hickman (R-Fairview) says no decision has been made about whether or not a controversial bill that directs the State Board of Education to adopt a new program to replace the Advanced Placement U.S. history course and test will be heard by the full chamber.

February 8, 2015

This is from the Manager's Desk.

David Sedaris has become a public radio tradition when his Santaland Diaries first aired many years ago during the holiday season. Since then, he has written books, continued his on-air appearances, and tours the country giving his readings and commentary to fantastic reviews.

KGOU is please to present "An Evening With David Sedaris" on April 29 at the Hudiburg Chevrolet Center at Rose State College, beginning at 7:30 p.m.

KGOU

February 1, 2015

This is from the Manager’s Desk.

Each semester, we have students at KGOU, earning pay or class credits. With the spring semester, we have new and returning students.

Two new students have joined the paid staff. Cesia Rascon is our Development assistant helping with membership records. The new producer of web and broadcast community event calendars is Brooke Lefler. Hayley Thornton continues to produce Assignment: Radio, and Mark Antonio Wright continues as on-air news host of All Things Considered.

Simon Cunningham / Flickr.com

January 1, 2015

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.

This doesn't look like much now, but these pieces of equipment will become a powerful uninterruptable power supply that will keep KGOU's main studios operating during power outages for up to four hours.
Karen Holp / KGOU

January 11, 2015

This is from the Manager’s Desk.

KGOU is making an upgrade to our facilities on the University of Oklahoma campus. This upgrade is one that you will never hear, but it will ensure that you can more regularly hear KGOU.

The first operating rule of any broadcaster is to never, ever have any extended silence on the air.

So, to continue broadcast and digital service during common and uncommon emergencies we are making KGOU more disaster-proof.

January 4, 2015

This is from the Manager’s Desk.

KGOU has a staff member who is kicking off the new year of 2015 with a major change in her life. Susan Shannon is retiring after almost 19 years with KGOU.

Santiaga Quiñónez won the Human Rights award for her life’s work dedicated “to helping men and women in prison.” She visits prisoners and corresponds with them, work organizers of the recognition described “very large, but few people know.” For her work helping the local Hispanic community, Dr. Claudia Rossavik was another award winner. Adam Soltani, executive director of CAIR Oklahoma, was lifted up for his work on behalf of the Sooner State’s Muslim community. Carlos Tello was honored for his mural, “Beyond the Centennial,” and as “the first Hispanic to have a work of art displayed so prominently in our state capitol.”

Happy New Year!

Jan 1, 2015
Merlin2525 / Creative Commons/Google Images

January 1 is KGOU’s anniversary and we are marking 32 years of public radio service. 

KGOU’s longevity is a combination of support from the University of Oklahoma, the availability of the annual grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the support from KGOU listeners.  The constant support from these three sources has enabled KGOU to grow. 

KROU serving Oklahoma County turns 22 in June.  The translators serving Seminole and Ada turn eight in July and August. The Chickasha translator turns five in August.

Pages