We have a number of new students who are joining KGOU this semester.
In the Radio Practicum class, we have Matt Addison, Molly Evans and Nathan Harkins. These three will be learning and completing a wide range of activities behind the scenes, including preparing some programs for broadcast, writing and announcing promotional spots and community calendars, and in general learning the broadcasting business.
Two weeks ago I noted the “larger-than-expected-increase” in the price of some of our national programs. Part of my reaction is because we expect small decreases in some funding sources, and it all affects the KGOU budget.
Even more, we have a very strong vision about expanding our local programmatic services to you, and are searching for ways to achieve that vision.
This is the month when we look at the new pricing for programs we purchase from our program suppliers. The largest three suppliers are National Public Radio, Public Radio International, and American Public Media.
The program costs from these big three sources for this new fiscal year are increasing by a total of 10%. That means for this next year, we will pay over $32,000 more for the programs we have on the air right now.
This is from the Manager’s Desk. One of KGOU’s funding sources is the annual grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Over the last several years, the CPB grant has been about 9% of KGOU’s income.
CPB supports all the public radio and television stations and these grants have been an effective public – private partnership because they are geared to match private contributions to the local station.
Editor’s Note: This article was originally written by former KGOU Chief Engineer David White (1983-2006) and updated in 2013 by Chief Engineer Patrick Roberts (2007-present), and Operations Director Brian Hardzinski.
I'm sure many of you have experienced difficulties in picking up the KGOU broadcast signal at one time or another. Of course, obvious equipment failure in the broadcast transmission chain for KGOU's equipment could create listening difficulties.
However, there are more subtle things that can create occasional reception problems for the listener. FM broadcasting is normally a line-of-sight operation. Unfortunately, there are events in the world of atmospheric physics that can temporarily change this, making the signal nearly or totally un-listenable. In these cases, it is not your radio or KGOU's equipment.
This is from the Manager's Desk. Last week I noted the passing of fiscal year 2013, and have another observation about KGOU’s success in the last twelve months.
During that time, KGOU received 62 awards for the work of our staff.
KGOU’s students won 12 awards: 5 first-place, 5 second-place and 2 honorable mentions in state-wide and national competitions for their stories that were aired in Assignment Radio, which was produced by Meredith Everitt.