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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Manager's Desk
6:00 am
Sun January 12, 2014

Legislative Coverage Plans By KGOU And StateImpact Oklahoma

The Oklahoma State Capitol
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The Oklahoma legislative session starts soon, and both KGOU and StateImpact Oklahoma plan to report on a variety of issues.

To start, KGOU covers Gov. Mary Fallin’s State of the State address, scheduled for Monday, February 3, that will outline her legislative priorities.

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Manager's Desk
6:00 am
Sun January 5, 2014

KGOU's FY2013 Financial Audit Complete

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During December, KGOU opened our 2013 financial records for the annual external audit. That audit is complete, and I posted the financial report on the KGOU web page.

For fiscal year 2013, total operating income to KGOU decreased one percent from 2012, but private giving in all forms increased about nearly four percent. Private giving now represents 52 percent of KGOU’s budget. Direct support from the University of Oklahoma decreased while in-kind support increased. 

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Manager's Desk
6:00 am
Sun December 29, 2013

Happy New Year!

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Dec. 29, 2013

This is from the Manager’s Desk.

I don’t know about you, but this past year has flown by. I just learned the habit of saying "twenty-thirteen." But we are looking forward to 2014. 

Jan. 1 is KGOU’s anniversary, and we are marking 31 years of public radio service. KGOU’s longevity is a combination of constant support from the University of Oklahoma, the constant availability of the annual grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the constant support from KGOU listeners. And that support has enabled KGOU to grow. 

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Manager's Desk
6:00 am
Sun December 22, 2013

Season's Greetings!

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December 21, 2013

This is from the Manager’s Desk.

On behalf of the staff of KGOU, I am sending the warmest of good wishes to you and your family for the holiday season.

We have a lot to be thankful for, including you.  You kept listening to KGOU, and you were inspired to financially support this service.   We appreciate the fact that you understand public media is a relationship of sharing and listening, and that both ensure the future for KGOU. 

May your holidays be filled with family, friends, food and warm memories.  Please enjoy!

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Manager's Desk
6:00 am
Sun December 8, 2013

KGOU Student Staff

KGOU Staff Member Kate Carlton
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December 8, 2013

This is from the Manager’s Desk.   

The end of the semester here at OU has arrived and we are saying goodbye and hello to some students. 

In the Radio Practicum class, we have enjoyed students Matt Addison, Molly Evans and Nathan Harkins.  These three handled a range of activities, including preparing programs for broadcast, writing, and announcing promotional spots and community calendars.

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Manager's Desk
6:00 am
Sun December 1, 2013

Year-End Support for KGOU

Support Public Radio!
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December 1, 2103

This is from the Manager’s Desk.

2013 has been filled with life-changing events – locally, nationally, and internationally.  KGOU and our content partners have been there every step of the way – all day – every day.

As we near the end of 2013 and prepare for another year of important service to you, I ask you to make a special year-end contribution to KGOU.

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Manager's Desk
6:00 am
Sun November 24, 2013

Celebrating Thanksgiving - 7 Years In KGOU's Still-New Studios

Kurt Gwartney hosts "Morning Edition" from the studios of KGOU.
Credit Laura Knoll / KGOU

As we celebrate Thanksgiving and express our gratitude, I’m thankful to celebrate KGOU’s 7th anniversary in the new studios in Copeland Hall.  We made our first broadcast from here in the early hours of Friday, November 17th in 2006. 

It was a tremendous move – from 1,500 square feet and 2 studios, to 4,000 sq. feet, 6 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.

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Manager's Desk
8:47 am
Sun November 10, 2013

Public Forum on School Shelters

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers quality assurance specialist Lucia Gamba (right) and area engineer Don Braun inspect newly placed storm shelters at the temporary replacement site for Irving Elementary School in Joplin, Mo., July 2, 2011.
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Nov. 10, 2013 / UPDATED Nov. 15

This is from the Manager’s Desk.

This week, I am inviting you to a public forum on public school safe rooms.

KGOU and The Oklahoma Tornado Project will host this public forum titled, "Who Should Pay for School Shelters?" It will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 19 at the Moore-Norman Technology Center's south Oklahoma City campus, 13301 S. Penn. The panel discussion begins at 7 p.m. and will be moderated by KGOU News Director Kurt Gwartney.

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Manager's Desk
9:04 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

Ahead of the Storm: The Oklahoma Tornado Project

Radar image of the May 20, 2013 tornado.
Credit National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

October 28, 2013

This is from the Manager’s Desk.

KGOU has a new series that started in early October called “Ahead of the Storm: The Oklahoma Tornado Project.” The focus is about what we have learned from last season’s tornados, and how we are better preparing for the next round of storms.

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Manager's Desk
12:18 pm
Sun October 20, 2013

Thank You for the Successful Fall Membership Drive

Fireworks for a successful fall membership drive!
Credit Kevin Dooley

October 20, 2013

With enormous thanks to the listeners who became members of KGOU, this fall membership drive raised about $202,500 for the station's operations.  Over 1,200 members donated in the weeks before or during the drive and about 200 of them were new to membership.

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