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. In 2015, Freedom of Information Oklahoma presented Karen with the Marian Opala First Amendment Award.


Ways to Connect

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.


August 23, 2015

This is from the Manager's Desk.   

The last of the awards for work accomplished in 2014 were handed out last Friday at the Oklahoma Associated Press Broadcasters luncheon. Work by the KGOU staff was highly recognized.

For the third year in a row, and for six in seven years, KGOU’s news work was given the Sweepstakes award as the most decorated radio station in Oklahoma in this competition.

Capitol Steps / Capitol Steps

August 16, 2015

This is from the Manager's Desk.   

Fall officially arrives in a couple of weeks and summer is almost over. Schools and universities start classes soon and the juggling of summer vacations is almost done.

KGOU Is Everywhere!

Jul 12, 2015
made with Google Earth maps

July 12, 2015

This is from the Manager’s Desk.   

Every once in a while I like to look at the number of communities and zip codes of our members.  We have over three thousand members from two hundred zip codes within Oklahoma.

There are KGOU listeners from Woodward, Shattuck, Gage, and Buffalo, members who listen in Ada, Seminole, Earlsboro, and Holdenville.  There listeners from Chickasha and Verden.  And I have to say there are some members so far away that they must be listening to the online audio stream.

University of Oklahoma President David Boren says a recent story questioning the integrity of the university and the Oklahoma Geological Survey is “a bald-faced lie and some of the most inaccurate reporting I’ve ever seen in my life.”

Capitol Steps / Capitol Steps

June 21, 2015

This is from the Manager’s Desk.

As we barrel towards KGOU’s fiscal year end, we are not over the barrel because of your financial support. Thank you very much. June 30 is the last day to make your gift at before the fiscal year ends.

Support KGOU!

Jun 14, 2015

June 14, 2015

This is from the Manager’s Desk.

I’m singing the praises of the KGOU staff because they are doing wonderful work.

I’m sure you can hear the growth of our local news effort since Jacob McCleland joined our staff. His work, and that of Kate Greer, Brian Hardzinski and others, plus the StateImpact work of Joe Wertz and Logan Layden, and even more reports through the Oklahoma Public Media Exchange means we are expanding our local coverage.

KGOU’s ability to expand Oklahoma based news and information is a result of listener and business support.

That’s you.

Events start Friday, June 12 for the 2015 Jazz in June annual concerts, clinics and musician jams in Norman.

The line-up of events is a little different this year so be sure to check out this Jazz in June link for more information about the concerts – from locations, times, the artistic line up and more. 

First Place Awards for StateImpact Oklahoma from the Oklahoma Chapter of the Society for Professional Jouranlists 2015

May 31, 2015

This is from the Manager’s Desk.   

In its four-year history, StateImpact Oklahoma has received many awards and this last year is no exception.

In the RTDNA Murrow Awards for Region 6, StateImpact was recognized for stories about the relationship of earthquakes to disposal wells.

The Oklahoma Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists presented nine awards to StateImpact.

KGOU Wins Awards!

May 24, 2015
Some of the awards received by KGOU in the spring of 2015.

May 24, 2015

This is from the Manager’s Desk.   

The KGOU and StateImpact Oklahoma Staff are very talented people, and once again, their work has been recognized.

This week – I'm congratulating the KGOU staff, and next week, StateImpact Oklahoma will get the applause.

Jim Johnson was the top winner in the Metro Radio Division of the Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters’ annual competition for a radio feature about independent music in Oklahoma.

Student Award Winners

May 17, 2015
The Grand Prize for Audio Documentary Program from teh National Broadcasting Society, given to KGOU students Hayley Thornton, Molly Evans and Madeline Stebbins for their April 27, 2014 "Assignment Radio" program.

May 17, 2015

This is from the Manager’s Desk.   

This week, I am highlighting our students who have been recognized with awards in the past several months. These awards are for work these students complete for class credit offered at KGOU through the University of Oklahoma Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communications, but these winning stories have also been broadcast by KGOU.

This spring, KGOU is joining the Morning Edition Book Club with our own local event. The second book selected for the Morning Edition Book Club is A God In Ruins by Kate Atkinson.

The book follows Teddy who served as a bomber pilot during World War II and never expected to return home after the war. The book is told through Teddy's eyes, and also through the perspective of his daughter and his grandchildren.

Morning Edition is planning weekly discussions on reddit, an interview with the author is scheduled for June 16, plus other activities.

May 3, 2015

This is from the Manager’s Desk.

It’s the end of the semester at the University of Oklahoma and I’d like to recognize the students who have been working with us for the last several months.

Finishing the Assignment: Radio class are Pam Ortega and Lydia Theban. Their final stories are scheduled for broadcast on Sunday, May 10 at noon.

Completing Practicum are Matthew Percival and Michael Roberts. They were instrumental in editing a lot of audio and other behind-the-scenes efforts.

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

More than 1100 KGOU listeners did it – you shortened our spring fundraising drive and together, we met the $180,000 goal.  And together, we did it in the shortest amount of program disruption we have ever achieved.

As promised, we ended the fundraiser as soon as we met the goal.  We are back to the regular, scheduled breaks so you don’t miss another minute of your favorite programs.