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

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.

KGOU

September 13, 2015

This is from the Manager's Desk.   

I am not trying to be too personal right now, but I’d like to know what you are doing while you listen to KGOU. In other words, how do you KGOU?

Last week, I gave you a glance of my Saturday morning shopping to “Whad’Ya Know?” and my afternoon of household chores to the “Weekend Blues.” Now we would like to hear your voice, telling us how you listen.

Record yourself on your smart phone, and then record the sound surrounding you. Send it in and we’ll send you a special, limited edition “My KGOU” t-shirt.

September 6, 2015

This is from the Manager's Desk.   

I’d like to tell you about “My KGOU” and how I spent part of last Saturday.

<<<You have to listen to the Manager's Desk to hear my Saturday morning errands while listening to KGOU.>>>

So now I’m throwing the question to you. How do you do KGOU? Send us your sound. Click on the “My KGOU” link.

Thanks. From the Manager’s Desk, I’m Karen Holp.

Karen Holp and Laura Knoll/KGOU

August 30, 2015

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. You have heard her voice all summer as the host of the noon newscasts. Sarah Hurd will continue this semester handling a range of on-air and off-air duties, including Assignment Radio.

And returning after a summer break, Cesia Rascon is now the calendar editor, and her work is reflected in the events section of the KGOU web page.

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