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Assignment: Radio

Selected Sundays at 12 Noon

Assignment: Radio reflects KGOU's commitment to the future of  

Each semester KGOU staff work with  interested University of Oklahoma  (& more recently, East Central University) students to instruct and encourage them in the ways of audio storytelling and production. 

Student reporter/producers & interns meet each week to complete various assignments and tasks designed to develop their skills in  real-world fashion. Their work is graded, and they earn class credits for their participation. 

We are quite proud to point out that a good deal of this student-produced work has earned critical praise from serious journalistic organizations.   

Singing For Each Other

May 11, 2014
David Milan

College a cappella choirs are more popular than ever, but at the University of Oklahoma, there’s still only one – The Redliners. Assignment Radio’s Madeline Stebbins takes us inside rehearsals and the minds of some of the Redliners the week before the final concert of the semester.

Madeline Stebbins is  an alto in The Redliners. There are 19 Redliners, and every semester they sing pop, rock, and musical theater songs. For some of them this concert is the last one.

Nancy Mergler Steps Down

May 11, 2014
Molly Evans

Stepping down after nearly two decades as OU’s senior vice president and provost, Dr. Nancy Mergler is preparing for possibly the most significant transition of her career — being able to sleep at night. In a spare moment, Mergler spoke with Assignment Radio’s Molly Evans about concluding the 19-year chapter of her professional life, starting as the only female provost in the Big 12 in 1995 and ending as the longest-running chief academic officer in June of this year.

The Beginning Of A New Chapter

May 11, 2014
Taryn Trotter

There are some endings that come with growing up, moving away for college, learning to support yourself and graduation. But nonetheless, the opening and closing of a new chapter is hard. I talk to my mentor in my sorority, Gamma Phi Beta, about what it’s like to face the next chapter in her life, graduation.

Assignment: Radio April 27, 2014

Apr 27, 2014
Super Stock

It’s the latest episode of the Spring 2014 season for Assignment: Radio. This week Madeline, Molly and I explored telling stories with sound, in a series of "sound rich" stories. Soothing music, loud clanking of scrap metal, and the hypnotic sounds of a treadmill await you in this episode of Assignment: Radio.

A Great Grandmother's Gift

Apr 27, 2014
Tyler Johnston

Basketball shoes squeak on the polished wood floor, grunts emerge from the weight room, and tennis shoes pound a hypnotic rhythm on the belt of a treadmill. Many people have to force themselves to go to the gym, but here, Tyler Johnston finds peace.

Tyler is a personal trainer at the University of Oklahoma, and says the most important thing to him, is his clients.

Composing To Celebrate The Good

Apr 27, 2014
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Emily Moore is a music composition student at the University of Oklahoma. Assignment Radio’s Madeline Stebbins spoke to her about the unique challenges involved in composing, and how her relationship with music has helped her through tough times.

A Pyrotechnic Passion

Apr 27, 2014
Molly Evans

The Norman Medieval Fair has transported visitors to a fantastical age of chivalry and tradition for nearly 40 years through staple performances, peddlers and people such as the Saltfork Craftsmen. Every year, the group of blacksmiths revives the centuries-old trade for fairgoers, like Assignment Radio’s Molly Evans, who spoke with member Brahk Hadick about his pyrotechnic passion for turning scrap metal into something unexpectedly beautiful. 

Assignment: Radio April 13, 2014

Apr 13, 2014
Camp Summit

It’s the latest episode of the Spring 2014 season for Assignment: Radio. This week we explore people's passions with a series of one-on-one interviews. From life lessons on a battlefield to painting as therapy everyone has there place in this week's Assignment: Radio.

Taking A Trip To The Hornets Nest

Apr 13, 2014
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A battlefield is a place that most of us can only imagine, being surrounded by the enemy and knowing that the fellow solider or marine next to you could take their last breath at any moment. Mike Boettcher experienced this horror first hand for years as he covered conflict in Central America and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. but on this most recent trip into what he calls “The Hornets Nest” there was a new variable- working along side his son. 

Documenting Real Live Angels

Apr 13, 2014
Camp Summit

 A documentary is a labor of love – and for one University of Oklahoma graduate student, it’s the culmination of years of research, shooting, and editing. Assignment Radio’s Madeline Stebbins spoke with Brent Weber to get the story behind his new documentary and some of the stories that inspired him to keep filming.

Artistry As Therapy

Apr 13, 2014
Molly Evans

Joan Phillips knew art therapy was her calling when she first heard of it in the 1970s because it married her love of art and helping people. A practitioner of more than 30 years as well as a professor of art therapy at the University of Oklahoma, Phillips discussed with Assignment Radio’s Molly Evans her experiences over the last three decades in the still budding branch of counseling.   

Assignment: Radio March 30, 2014

Apr 1, 2014
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It’s the third episode of the Spring 2014 season for Assignment: Radio. This week the Assignment: Radio crew explores trends. We learn about a whole new way to learn, without being in a classroom, how to eat like a caveman, and why shopping locally can help your community. 

What It Means To "Keep It Local"

Apr 1, 2014
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Customers have more choice than ever, with national retailers, local stores, and now internet shopping. Assignment Radio’s Madeline Stebbins examines the effects of local shopping in Norman.

The “shop local” movement has gained momentum the last few years. But beyond the hype, past the fad – does shopping local really matter?

Bryce Bandy:  Up to three times as much of the money stays in your community when you spend it with a local and independent business, as opposed to a big box or a franchise.

A New Kind Of Classroom

Apr 1, 2014
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More than six million higher education students are taking at least one course online, according to a 2011 study by the Babson Survey Research Group. At the University of Oklahoma, approximately 3,000 students are taking advantage of the college’s current online options. Assignment Radio reporter, Molly Evans, spoke with an English major and leaders of OU’s digital initiatives about incorporating online learning into the traditional college experience. A sea of more than 30,000 students floods the University of Oklahoma’s campuses each year.

The Diet Fit For A Caveman

Apr 1, 2014
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As the name suggests the Paleo diet takes you back to caveman days, no preservatives, no processed grains and no fast food at all... Assignment Radio's Hayley Thornton explored what it means to go Paleo.

Emily Groff: From my point of view it’s a very  nutritious kind of back to natural way of eating, which is why the certain foods are included and I have read a lot of books and done a lot of research into it, and its really about eating what’s best for your body.

Assignment: Radio March 9, 2014

Mar 11, 2014

It’s the second episode of the Spring 2014 season for Assignment: Radio. This week theme: Events. The new Assignment: Radio students look at events on and around the University of Oklahoma's campus. Guests can learn about self defense, help and important cause or learn what it really means to paint to your own beat. 

Painting to Your Own Beat

Mar 11, 2014

An abstract artist from Bethany, Oklahoma paints to her own beat — lately Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto in B flat minor. Radio reporter, Molly Evans, spoke with MtnWoman Silver about the music and emotions that inspire her unique artistic process and her current exhibition titled, “Sounds of Self.”  

A Passion for Prevention

Mar 11, 2014

Candace McCaffrey began her career as many people do – using any opportunities she could find to gain experience. This led her somewhere she didn’t expect – Bethesda, Inc., a Norman non-profit that provides counseling for child victims of sexual abuse.

McCaffrey: I was working at the community mental health center, and one of the original organizers, I guess, asked me if I wanted to co-lead one of the sex offender groups. I was young, needed experience, said yes.

Protecting Yourself One Class at a Time

Mar 11, 2014

The Rape Abuse and Incest National Network says every two minutes someone in the United States is sexually assaulted. Sixty percent of those attacks won’t be reported and 80 percent of the victims will be under the age of 30. Norman resident James Clark tells his self-defense class that danger is a constant possibility even where you feel safest.

James: He came through the front door he didn’t have to break anything, didn’t have to unlock anything he just came through the front door, she was in the shower at that point getting ready to go to work…  

Assignment: Radio March 2, 2014

Mar 2, 2014

It’s the first episode of the Spring 2014 season for Assignment: Radio. This week theme “Best Of” shows off the best stories of the last semester of Assignment: Radio, Spring 2013. From traveling around the world to awkward first kisses this episode has something for everyone. 

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