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 board member and Vice President 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.

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7:30 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

A Third Year of Drought Threatens Southwestern Oklahoma

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Spring rains drowned the “merciless” drought throughout much of the Midwest and Plains, the AP reports. But the drought lingers in pockets of Western and Plains states — “including southwest Oklahoma:”
"Extreme" and "exceptional" drought persists throughout much of the state, especially in southwestern Oklahoma. Low reservoir levels have forced city officials in Altus to issue emergency water restrictions, and Oklahomans throughout the region are worried about the future. Associated Press reporter Sharon Cohen interviewed Kent Walker, a farmer and rancher who lives near Frederick.
10:55 am
Sun May 5, 2013

Oklahoma Wheat Crop Threatened

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"Six freezes since March 20, on top of a yearslong drought, has left wheat crops extremely stressed and without a well-developed root system."
Far southwest: 5.5 million * Southeast: 490,000 * Northeast: 3 million * West central: 11.3 million * Central: 15.1 million * Northwest and west: 15.1 million * Total: 85.5 million Oklahoma producers are expected to harvest 85.5 million bushels of wheat this year, a 45 percent drop from last year's 154.8 million bushels, the Oklahoma Grain and Feed Association announced at its annual meeting this week.
9:13 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

If You Want to Understand Oklahoma’s Drought, Go Play in the Dirt

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But what falls from the sky is only part of the equation. In Oklahoma, droughts are meteorological — and agricultural.
Spring rains have started to fill rivers and reservoirs, and helped bring relief to parts of drought-stricken Oklahoma. But what falls from the sky is only part of the equation. In Oklahoma, droughts are meteorological - and agricultural.
9:10 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

Locating the Uninsured

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"In some counties in Oklahoma, a quarter to nearly a third of the population lacks health insurance. The highest percentages are found in smaller, rural counties, such as Cimarron County and Harmon County. Counties with higher poverty rates, such as in southeastern Oklahoma, tend to have greater shares of uninsured residents."
( Interactive by Darren Jaworski. Story by Chase Cook.) More than a fifth of Oklahomans under the age of 65 do not have health insurance, giving the state the sixth highest uninsured rate in the nation. More than 690,000 non-elderly Oklahomans, or 21.9 percent, were uninsured in 2010, according to the U.S.
9:06 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

Sign of the times: Ethanol divides the nation

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In Missouri, Iowa and Nebraska, ethanol is most often seen as Midwestern manna, an alternative fuel that eats up the area's biggest crop by the billions of bushels. But here in Oklahoma, the oil and gas industry is big business, bringing in $52 billion a year and creating one of every six jobs. The state's Republican senator, Tom Coburn, leads the fight against ethanol subsidies in Washington.
9:10 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

Fallin, Oklahoma legislative leaders announce trifecta of agreements

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"The income tax cut plan now calls for lowering the top income tax rate from 5.25 percent to 5 percent on Jan. 1, 2015. The rate would be cut to 4.85 percent on Jan. 1, 2016, if total revenue growth for the state is equal to or greater than the previous fiscal year."
Republican Governor Mary Fallin and GOP legislative leaders have agreed on proposals to reduce the state's top personal income tax rate, overhaul the workers' compensation system and develop a long-range plan for maintaining state buildings.
7:09 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

Transcript of Arguments in Oklahoma’s Supreme Court Water Case

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The Supreme Court of the United States heard testimony today in the case of the Tarrant Regional Water District v. Herrmann, In better terms... Texas vs. Oklahoma.
Attorneys representing Oklahoma and Texas argued Tarrant v. Herrmann at the U.S. Supreme Court. The case concerns water in the Red River, and experts say it's a regional water fight that could impact national water-sharing agreements. The Supreme Court has released a transcript of today's arguments. The above transcript is preliminary.
Manager's Desk
8:00 pm
Sun April 14, 2013

Together we can do it!

Credit http://thegoldguys.blogspot.com/

 This is from the Manager’s Desk.

As I’ve been pondering KGOU’s fortunes, I realized something I want to confess this week. You may find it strange, but maybe not.

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8:24 am
Sun April 14, 2013

Giving the Homeless Homes, No Strings Attached

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"About 6,000 people become homeless each year in Oklahoma City. Most leave the streets in a relatively short time, said Dan Straughan, executive director of the nonprofit Homeless Alliance, formed in 2005. At any given time, there are about 1,350 homeless people on the streets, and among those, about 250 are chronically homeless."
Shuffling through some legal pads on his desk, Mike Milner finds the list. On it are scrawled the names of fivehomeless men in Oklahoma City who died in recent months. Milner, director of the WestTown Day Shelter, has seen the faces of those men in his bright, modern shelter.
Manager's Desk
3:58 pm
Sun April 7, 2013

Listener Support Enables KGOU's Growth

Credit Tim Berry / timberry.bplans.com

This is from the Manager’s Desk.

For KGOU’s 30th anniversary year, I want to share a bit about KGOU’s financial picture this fiscal year and do a quick comparison to the past.

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