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 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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9:27 am
Sun June 15, 2014

Teachers Mix Primary Colors

An Enid News & Eagle study of teacher certification and voter data showed more than 1,200 educators re-registered with the GOP since May 2013.
Related Photos Discussion ENID, Okla. - Buddy Wood always has been a Democrat. Always. Just not now. Like most voters in Beckham County, a rural plain that straddles Interstate 40 on the Texas line, Wood registered with the Democratic Party when it came time to vote.
Manager's Desk
8:59 am
Sun June 15, 2014

Summer Solstice Is No Time To Dream

A watercolor of a scene from "A Midsummer Nights Dream" by John Simmons, 1823-1876.
Credit John Simmons / commons.wikipedia.org

June 15, 2014

This is from the Manager’s Desk. 

It may be hard to think but we are now in the last week of spring!

The summer solstice comes just before 6 a.m. on Saturday, June 21st. 

Ah, midsummer’s eve – dreams of fairies and maypoles, of bonfires, and plays within plays.

“If we shadows have offended, Think but this, and all is mended, That you have but slumbered here While these visions did appear.” 

But we have no time to dream now!

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Manager's Desk
6:00 am
Sun June 8, 2014

Jazz In June 2014

Jazz in June, Inc.
Credit Jazz in June, Inc.

June 8, 2014

This is from the Manager’s Desk.

Next week, Jazz in June’s annual concerts, clinics and musician jams are here in Norman. Check the Jazz in June web page for more information about the concerts – from locations, times, the artistic line up and more. 

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Manager's Desk
6:00 am
Sun June 1, 2014

Take KGOU With You Wherever You Go!

KGOU's mobile web site on Karen's phone.
Credit KGOU/Laura Knoll

June 1, 2014

This is from the Manager’s Desk.

This week, I’m touring KGOU’s services in digital spaces.  Start with the web page at KGOU!  Of course the local news and programs from KGOU are there, plus NPR news, but the Calendar section of local non-profit events is amazing. 

There is an easy way to view the site on your mobile phone or tablet, and an RSS feed for each of KGOU’s regular features.  Stay here and look around, bookmark the site, subscribe to the RSS feeds, listen to the live stream, and make a donation.

KGOU also maintains Facebook pages for KGOU News, the Weekend Blues, and Indian Times, and Twitter feeds for KGOU News and World Views.

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Manager's Desk
6:06 am
Sun May 25, 2014

June Is Always Busy -- Support KGOU Now!

Support KGOU before the fiscal year ends!
Credit Hey Paul Studio / Creative Commons

May 25, 2014

This is from the "The Manager's Desk."

In one month, KGOU’s fiscal year will end.  As usual, I am spending some time looking at the membership revenue to date, and making sure that expenses are what we planned. 

There are a number of membership one-time pledges still outstanding from the spring membership drive. And it means that if your membership pledge needs to be paid, you have about four weeks to get it done.

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4:25 pm
Sun May 18, 2014

Parched: A New Dust Bowl Forms in the Heartland

A quarter of Oklahoma, including the panhandle, and neighboring counties in Kansas and Texas are rated as being in "exceptional drought," the driest category on the weekly U.S. Drought Monitor—a status so dry that farmers express relief whenever their standing moves incrementally up a notch to "extreme drought."
Four years into an unrelentingly mean, hot drought, a new Dust Bowl engulfs the same region that was the geographic heart of the original.
Manager's Desk
6:00 am
Sun May 18, 2014

KGOU and StateImpact Oklahoma Receive National Award

Society of Professional Journalists Sigma Delta Chi Award for journalism excellence.
Credit Society of Professional Journalists

May 18, 2014

This is from the Manager’s Desk.   

KGOU and StateImpact Oklahoma will receive a national award on June 20th. But first a little background.

Three years ago, the public radio and television stations formed the Oklahoma Public Media Exchange.  The first collaboration was StateImpact Oklahoma, led by KGOU and delivering content to all the stations. And the stations are talking to each other more, sharing more.

When the tornados hit Oklahoma last May, the StateImpact team, KGOU and KOSU coordinated reporting, some of which was used by NPR.

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8:26 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

There's Now A Run On Quake Insurance In Fracking-Heavy Oklahoma

Oklahoma City resident Mark Myers said that after the USGS issued their warning, he called his insurance agent to look into coverage. "When you see a warning for a major earthquake in Oklahoma, which I understand is pretty rare, it makes you aware of what could happen," Myers said just after speaking to an agent.
OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - A warning from U.S. scientists that Oklahoma may be hit by a major earthquake has caused a run on insurance policies for tremors in the heartland state, adding to the woes of residents already in the firing line of devastating tornadoes.
Manager's Desk
7:47 am
Sun May 11, 2014

KGOU Wins Awards

Jim Johnson, Karen Holp, Kate Carlton and Brian Hardzinksi at the Oklahoma Associated Press Broadcasters Association Awards Luncheon.
KGOU

May 11, 2014

This is from the Manager’s Desk.

The KGOU staff, students, and projects – the Oklahoma Tornado Project and StateImpact Oklahoma – together have received 59 awards for work in 2013.

There is one national win that I will tell you about next week.

KGOU received sixteen awards from the Oklahoma Associated Press Broadcasters Association, including eleven for KGOU and four for the Oklahoma Tornado Project, plus the Radio Sweepstakes Award for the most awards in radio.

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