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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March 30, 2015

This is from the Manager’s Desk.

I have an update for our third week of this non-traditional fundraiser. Our fundraising goal is $180,000, and as of Monday afternoon, the tally stands at about $100,000, with over 600 donors.  This is exciting!

March 29, 2015

This is from the Manager’s Desk.

We are now in the third week of our non-traditional fundraiser. This is actually rather exciting because this is something different, and it seems to be working. We are halfway to our goal of $180,000. And when we reach the goal, this fundraising effort is over!

March 22, 2015

This is from the Manager’s Desk.

This is KGOU’s 2015 Spring Fundraiser. We are raising money to pay for the programs and services you love, but right now, we are using these small announcements to avoid interruption to programming.

Our success depends on you. Help us now with a gift of 5, 10 or 20 dollars per month, or any amount that works for you. 

Our goal is to raise $180,000, and once we do, this drive is over. As of late last week, we had received just about $60,000. So we are about a third of the way to our goal.

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

March 15, 2015

This is from the Manager’s Desk.

This is it! This is KGOU’s 2015 Spring Fundraiser!

Listener donations provide this service of news and information and entertainment to nearly 70,000 Oklahoma listeners each week.

That’s why KGOU and other public radio stations around the country hold these fundraising efforts two and sometimes three or four times a year, asking listeners to support programming. 

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.


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.