Manager's Desk

Reports to the listening public about station operations from KGOU's General Manager.

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Manager's Desk
5:50 am
Sun January 18, 2015

The Annual Financial Audit

Credit Simon Cunningham /

January 1, 2015

This is from the Manager’s Desk.

Each year, KGOU undergoes a complete financial audit by an independent and very professional auditor. We do this for two main reasons.

First, it is a requirement of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting to have an external audit each year in order to receive our annual grant.

But over the years, I have come to really appreciate the second reason. Each year, I post the audit on our web page. All the information is there in a PDF that you can down load.

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Manager's Desk
5:32 am
Sun January 11, 2015

Keeping KGOU's Service Uninterruptable

This doesn't look like much now, but these pieces of equipment will become a powerful uninterruptable power supply that will keep KGOU's main studios operating during power outages for up to four hours.
Credit Karen Holp / KGOU

January 11, 2015

This is from the Manager’s Desk.

KGOU is making an upgrade to our facilities on the University of Oklahoma campus. This upgrade is one that you will never hear, but it will ensure that you can more regularly hear KGOU.

The first operating rule of any broadcaster is to never, ever have any extended silence on the air.

So, to continue broadcast and digital service during common and uncommon emergencies we are making KGOU more disaster-proof.

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Manager's Desk
6:03 am
Sun January 4, 2015

Happy Retirement, Susan Shannon

Susan Shannon.

January 4, 2015

This is from the Manager’s Desk.

KGOU has a staff member who is kicking off the new year of 2015 with a major change in her life. Susan Shannon is retiring after almost 19 years with KGOU.

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Manager's Desk
6:01 am
Thu January 1, 2015

Happy New Year!

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January 1 is KGOU’s anniversary and we are marking 32 years of public radio service. 

KGOU’s longevity is a combination of support from the University of Oklahoma, the availability of the annual grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the support from KGOU listeners.  The constant support from these three sources has enabled KGOU to grow. 

KROU serving Oklahoma County turns 22 in June.  The translators serving Seminole and Ada turn eight in July and August. The Chickasha translator turns five in August.

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Manager's Desk
5:46 am
Sun December 14, 2014

Thank You For Your Support


December 14, 2014

This is from the Manager’s Desk.

This is the favorite season for many people, me included. Sure – the presents, the food, the parties make it special. But even more, I always want to take time to appreciate how far we have come in the last twelve months, and thank the people who have made this journey possible. 

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Manager's Desk
5:03 am
Sun December 7, 2014

KGOU's Students In The Fall Semester

Mark Antonio Wright
Credit KGOU

December 7, 2014

This is from the Manager’s Desk.

It is finals week at the University of Oklahoma and I’m proud of the students we have had working at KGOU this past semester.

Sarah Hurd has been working in the Development Department and will be away on a student abroad adventure next semester.

Hayley Thornton has been the producer of Assignment: Radio and she will be returning for her final semester at OU in January.

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Manager's Desk
5:11 am
Fri November 28, 2014

Giving Tuesday For KGOU

Karen Holp holds sign that reads, "I listen, I support KGOU."
Credit KGOU

November 28, 2014

This is from the Manager’s Desk.

As we near the end of 2014 and prepare for another year of important service to you, I ask you to make a special year-end contribution to KGOU.

There’s Black Friday and Cyber Monday -- they say are the biggest shopping days of the year. And now, Giving Tuesday is becoming a tradition as well for donations to community organizations that do good things throughout the year. 

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Manager's Desk
5:34 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving, And Eighth Anniversary Of KGOU's Studios

The view through the windows into KGOU's master control, main production room, and performance studio.
Brian Hardzinski KGOU

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

It was a tremendous move -- from 1,500 square feet and two studios to 4,000 square feet, six studios and a usable performance space. 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
7:00 am
Sun November 16, 2014

Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?

Credit Earls37a / Flickr Creative Commons

This week, Morning Edition and All Things Considered sound different. 

And they do – because the times for local items have changed within the programs. All the usual things are still there – KGOU news, traffic reports, weather, and calendars – but they are most likely at different times.

The NPR items are still there too -- Frank DeFord, StoryCorps and more.

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Manager's Desk
6:00 am
Sun November 2, 2014

I Always Knew KGOU Would Reach The Fall Membership Goal!

Annie The Musical
Credit Eva Rinaldi / Creative Commons

November 2, 2014

This is from the Manager’s Desk.

Yes, we always knew that listeners would become members and I’m very happy to announce that we have broken the Fall 2014 membership drive goal of $200,000.

Thank you to those who most recently sent in their membership gift or make their contribution online. 

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