Manager's Desk

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

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Manager's Desk
8:52 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Best Wishes To Kurt Gwartney

KGOU News Director Emeritus, Kurt Gwartney

News Director Kurt Gwartney is leaving KGOU, and his family is moving to Tulsa. The Rev. Charla Gwartney will soon be the new Senior Pastor for Faith United Methodist Church in Tulsa, and Kurt is the new communications director for the Eastern Oklahoma Region of the American Red Cross.

After an earlier career in both commercial and non-commercial radio, Kurt returned to public radio in 2005 as KGOU's Operations Director. He became News Director in 2009, and editorial director of StateImpact Oklahoma in 2011.

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Manager's Desk
10:30 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Requesting Your Photos For Anniversary Exhibit

Victims embrace amid the devastation in Moore after the May 20, 2013 tornado.
Credit Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

Next month, Oklahoma will be marking the anniversary of a series of storms that moved through our communities.  Those storms left a lot of tears behind, but also a lot of resolve to rebuild.

KGOU's Ahead of the Storm: The Oklahoma Tornado Project is partnering with Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center to present a curated photography exhibit dedicated to last May’s storms. 

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Manager's Desk
9:25 am
Sun April 6, 2014

Thank You For A Fantastic Spring Membership Drive!

Strength in Numbers
Credit Procsilas Moscas / flickr.com/photos/procsilas/

Thank you to the 1,200 or so folks of the audience who became members during the Spring 2014 membership drive. About 250 people became new members! The total for the 7 day event was past goal and totaled nearly $177,350. 

As you might imagine, for the staff of KGOU, the experience of the membership drive is both exhausting and exhilarating. The exhausting part is easy to understand.  The exhilarating part is seeing the names of members set before us from the phone volunteers and staff who process the information.  

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Manager's Desk
8:49 am
Sun April 6, 2014

Krista Tippett Coming To Oklahoma City On April 8

Krista Tippett delivers a TEDTalk at the United Nations TED conference on Charter for Compassion.
Credit Krista Tippett "On Being" / Flickr Creative Commons

I have an invitation for you to meet Krista Tippett, host of the very popular program, “On Being.”

Krista Tippett will be here as a guest of KGOU for a free, public lecture on "The Adventure of Civility" and her presentation will allow for audience questions. Her topic is a reflection on the learnings of the Civil Conversations Project.  Krista will offer courage and practical guidance for creating hospitable spaces in communities and families.

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Manager's Desk
8:29 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

KGOU's Financial Sustainability Is Up To You

Financial sustainability for KGOU!
Credit Nic McPhee / Flickr Creative Commons

For the last several weeks, I’ve been talking about mathematical problems, crowdfunding, and strength in numbers. All of these ideas lead to financial sustainability for KGOU.

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Manager's Desk
8:51 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Crowdfunding KGOU

Crowdfunding
Credit http://www.lendingmemo.com/

I know the term “crowdfunding” is the rage these days and there are a growing number of websites dedicated to helping organizations raise funds.

The Wikipedia reference on crowdfunding says people participate because they like to be partly responsible for the success of the project they are supporting.

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Manager's Desk
10:56 am
Sun March 9, 2014

Strength in Numbers

Strength in Numbers
Credit Procsilas Moscas / flickr.com/photos/procsilas/

Back in 2009, a mathematician by the name of Tim Gowers posted a theorem on his blog and asked his readers to help prove it together. They did, in a month. A lot of very bright people came together and solved it. Strength in numbers.

That is also how I see the community of public radio and public media. You are part of a large number of very smart folks. And a number of you financially support the broadcast and digital work from KGOU and StateImpact Oklahoma.

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Manager's Desk
3:23 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

Tornado Preparedness Public Forum

Path of the El Reno Tornado on May 31, 2013.
Credit Norman Forecast Office / National Weather Service

This week, I’m inviting you to an important public forum about tornado preparedness and storm safety on Wednesday, March 12 at the Moore Public Library.

You’ve heard KGOU's special reporting project that is funded by CPB -- Ahead of the Storm: The Oklahoma Tornado Project. This public meeting is part of this project.

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Manager's Desk
6:00 am
Sat February 8, 2014

For The Love Of KGOU

Happy Valentines Day
Credit Laura Knoll / KGOU

This is the most romantic week of the year, leading up to the most romantic day – Valentine’s Day.  Since the fourteen hundreds, this time has grown into a great tradition for expressions of love and appreciation. So many poems and cards, so many songs and movies all pay tribute to love.

You know, it is possible to show a little love for KGOU.  So I adapted a poem…. 

The rose is red, the violet is blue.

The sound is smart on KGOU.

You have my ear, I listen all day.

I want you to know this on Valentine’s Day.

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Manager's Desk
6:00 am
Sun January 19, 2014

KGOU Students For Spring 2014

The main entrance to KGOU's operational area -- the doors through which our students will pass on their way to learning.
Credit Karen Holp and Laura Knoll/KGOU

Student participation in the life of KGOU kicked off last week.

In the Radio Practicum class, we have Becca Buckner, Jeremy Choat and Nick Masopust.  These three will be learning and completing a wide range of activities behind the scenes including writing, announcing and producing a range content for broadcast.

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