Karen Holp

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 again for 2013. 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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10:22 pm
Sat August 16, 2014

Where We Came From, State by State

The New York Times created an interactive graph to show how people have moved between the states over the decades, verus how many were born in that state. Take a look! For Oklahoma, they wrote: "Remember "Grapes of Wrath" and the migration of the "Okies" to California in the Great Depression? In a modern twist, as part of the Golden State's great out-migration, the California-born population of Oklahoma has doubled since 1980."
These charts were compiled using Census microdata obtained from ipums.org at the University of Minnesota Population Center. The microdata are records containing the characteristics of individuals compiled from a representative sample of Census forms. The individual, anonymized records are provided by the Census Bureau so researchers can explore the data beyond the published summary tables.
2:54 pm
Sun August 10, 2014

Oklahoma Looking For New Operator For Heartland Flyer

OETA reports that both Oklahoma and Texas are looking for information and entities willing to take over operations of the Heartland Flyer.
Oklahoma and Texas transportation agencies are asking for information from companies interested in taking over operations of the Heartland Flyer.
Manager's Desk
6:00 am
Sun August 10, 2014

New KGOU Staff Members

KGOU News Director Ben Fenwick
Credit Ben Fenwick

I am pleased to introduce to you two new staff members for KGOU.

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Manager's Desk
6:00 am
Sun August 3, 2014

"Whad'Ya Know?" Coming To Oklahoma City

Michael Feldman's "Whad'Ya Know?"

You better start practicing the required response to Michael Feldman’s weekly question, “Whad’ya know?” Of course the answer is “not much, you?”

Michael Feldman’s “Whad’Ya Know” will be live from Oklahoma City on Saturday, October 25th with the broadcast starting at 10 a.m.

“Whad’Ya Know?” will be at the Oklahoma City Community College Visual and Performing Arts Center Theater. Tickets are now open to KGOU listeners who have the secret code.

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Manager's Desk
6:00 am
Sun July 27, 2014

KGOU On iTunes Radio

It sure seems as if the world is moving faster and faster!  And now, the opportunity to listen to KGOU in digital spaces has just increased.

KGOU now has our audio stream as a station inside iTunes Radio!

If you are already an iTunes customer, and if you have iTunes installed on your desktop, your iPad or iPhone, then you can listen to KGOU in iTunes Radio.  Simply go to the radio area, and search for KGOU. Then you make it your favorite by adding it to your personal “My Stations” list.

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Manager's Desk
9:00 am
Sun July 20, 2014

Covering Government: The Work Of Reporters

Gov. Mary Fallin prepares to deliver her 2013 State of the State address, flanked by Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb, and House Speaker T.W. Shannon.
Credit Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

July 20, 2014

This is from the Manager’s Desk.

A new study by Pew Research confirms what many of us knew … that the number of full time journalists covering state government continues to decline.  Here’s a link to that study.

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6:46 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Poll: Oklahomans Support More Regulation of Wind Energy Development; Oppose Taxpayer Subsidies

Voters want to see the Oklahoma Corporation Commission, which currently oversees all other electrical generating facilities in the state except for electricity created by wind, to regulate wind energy as well, with 72.4 percent in support.
Results from the latest SoonerPoll indicate that likely Oklahoma voters, who in other polling typically oppose more regulation, believe there is not enough regulation of wind energy development or oversight of wind tax subsidies in the state. Slightly more than two-thirds (68.4%) of Oklahomans support more...
6:46 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Oklahoma Is Winning Its Medicaid Standoff With The Feds — For Now

The one-year extension announced by Gov. Mary Fallin on Monday keeps Insure Oklahoma on life support through the end of 2015. In her statement, the governor talked about buying more time to negotiate a permanent place for Insure Oklahoma — but nothing about expanding coverage.
Oklahoma is one of about two dozen states that hasn't expanded Medicaid - and it's tangled in a unique standoff of sorts with the Obama administration. Oklahoma and the federal agency overseeing Medicaid are still wrestling with the fate of a decade-old state program covering almost 20,000 low-income adults.
Thank You For FY2014
6:00 am
Sun June 29, 2014

Happy New Fiscal Year!

Credit Kevin Dooley

June 29, 2014

This is from the Manager’s Desk.

Yes, that is Auld Lang Syne in the background as we fold up and put way the books on fiscal year 2014. 

In the last twelve months, we…

  • Maintained a quality broadcast and digital services twenty four hours per day, three hundred and sixty five days a year.
  • Launched the Oklahoma Tornado Project and continued the StateImpact Oklahoma reporting efforts,
  • Won a number of awards for staff and student work, including 3 national awards,
  • Said farewell to staff members Kurt Gwartney and Kathy Hawkins, and
  • Saw continued audience and business support growth in support of our service.

Thank you for the success of fiscal year fourteen. 

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Manager's Desk
6:00 am
Sun June 22, 2014

Happy Retirement To Kathy Hawkins, KGOU Business Manager

Kathy Hawkins, KGOU Business Manager
Credit Laura Knoll / KGOU

June 22, 2014

This is from the Manager’s Desk.

This week, I’m giving tribute to KGOU’s Business Manager of the last eight years, Kathy Hawkins, who is retiring at the end of the month.

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