KGOU

Karen Holp

KGOU General Manager (Retired)

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. In 2015, Freedom of Information Oklahoma presented Karen with the Marian Opala First Amendment Award.

 

Ways to Connect

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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.

KGOU's Year In 2015

Jan 3, 2016
Some of the awards received by KGOU in the spring of 2015.
KGOU

January 3, 2016

This is from the Manager’s Desk.

As we start 2016, I want to note some accomplishments from 2015, accomplished with help from listener-supporters.

Last year, KGOU provided 8,760 hours of news, conversation, information and entertainment, including 572 hours of programming produced locally.

Over the last year, KGOU has produced more than 800 news and feature stories for broadcast and/or our website.

Kevin Dooley

January 1, 2016

This is from the Manager’s Desk.

January 1, 2016 is KGOU’s anniversary, and we are marking 33 years of public radio service.  KGOU at 106.3 FM serves Cleveland County.

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 at 105.7 FM, serving Oklahoma County, turns 23 in June. 

KGOU Thanks Our Students

Dec 13, 2015

This is from the Manager’s Desk.

At the end of each semester, I like to recognize the students who have been with us for the past several months.

First, our paid student staff members: Cesia Rascon is the Calendar Editor, and her work is reflected in the events section of the KGOU web page and on the air. She’ll be back next semester.

Also returning next semester is Richard Bassett. He’s been working at audio production including recording and mixing some live band performances for the Weekend Blues.

November 29, 2015

This is from the Manager’s Desk.

The KGOU staff and I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving Day with good food, plus friends and family. We also hope your leftovers taste just as good. I’ve always enjoyed Thanksgiving for the food and family, but also as a time for giving thanks for the large and small gifts we have.

And now with the food and celebration fresh in our memory, and the shopping still underway, remember that Tuesday is a global day dedicated for giving back. 

The view through the windows into KGOU's master control, main production room, and performance studio.
Brian Hardzinski / KGOU

November 22, 2015

This is from the Manager’s Desk.

As we make our plans to celebrate Thanksgiving, I’m thankful to celebrate KGOU’s 9th anniversary in the studios in Copeland Hall.  We made our first broadcast from these studios in the early hours of Friday, November 17th in 2006. 

It was a tremendous move – from 1500 square feet and two studios, to 4000 square feet, six studios and a usable performance studio.  The new facility enabled the KGOU staff to produce more local programs, to be more efficient, and to include more students in our operations.

President Johnson signs the Public Broadcasting Act of 1967.
Frank Wolfe / Public Domain Wikimedia

November 15, 2015

This is from the Manager’s Desk.

Last week was the 48th anniversary of the Public Broadcasting Act. Then President Johnson signed Public Law 90-129 into law on November 7, 1967, creating the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

The Great Listen 2015

Nov 8, 2015

November 8, 2015

This is from the Manager’s Desk.

In the midst of planning your Thanksgiving holiday, Story Corp has another activity that I’m asking you to build into the weekend with family and friends. It’s called the Great Listen of 2015. You know StoryCorps – that great story every Friday morning of a loved one interviewing another about their life.

StoryCorps is encouraging everyone – especially children-- to record an interview with an older relative or friend to preserve a generation’s experiences.

Thank you
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October 25, 2015

This is from the Manager's Desk. On Wednesday, Oct. 21, at 5:54 p.m., the Fall 2015 Fund Drive came to an end. When we added it all up, listeners donated over $201,000.

Nearly three-quarters of the total was donated in the first three weeks of regularly scheduled announcements while the final third or so was raised in the three days of program interruptions.

Over 100 new donors contributed and nearly 1,300 listeners renewed!

If you've been listening or reading this website for awhile, then you know that KGOU is actively raising money right now to fund our work into the future. You've heard or seen our pleas for you, the consumer, to invest in more of KGOU's service. Many of you have already answered, and if so, thank you.

But, being the curious type, you have questions. You might ask, "What are they going to spend my money on – beer and pizza? Office chairs with built-in massage? Solid gold paper clips? Limousines driving reporters to news stories?"

This Is The Fund Drive

Sep 27, 2015

September 27, 2015

This is from the Manager’s Desk.

Last spring we tried a new way to raise money for the services KGOU provides.  We know programs you hear on KGOU are important to you. 

So, instead of interrupting Morning Edition and All Things Considered for 4 to 5 minutes at a time, encouraging listeners to give, we asked you to give during shorter, normal program breaks. 

It worked and the effort limited the disruptive breaks to only 17 hours instead of 70 or more. It is a much better system!

Paige Willet Lough
KGOU

September 27, 2015

This is from the Manager’s Desk.

This week I’m pleased to introduce two new staff members to KGOU.

Paige Willett Lough joined us last week as the new host of All Things Considered and Operations Director. Paige is a University of Oklahoma graduate who worked for KGOU as a journalism student several years ago. With Paige handling operations, Brian Hardzinski will expand our web page content as a Digital News Editor.

KGOU's newest listener, Eleanor Claire Greer.
KGOU

September 20, 2015

This is from the Manager's Desk.   

This week, I would like to introduce to you the newest listener to KGOU Radio. She is just now over a week old and is as cute as can be. She arrived September 12th at just under seven pounds, and 19 and three quarters inches long. I’ve got a photo of Eleanor Claire Greer on the Manager’s Desk at our web site.

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