As we celebrate Thanksgiving and express our gratitude, I’m thankful to celebrate KGOU’s 7th anniversary in the new studios in Copeland Hall. We made our first broadcast from here in the early hours of Friday, November 17th in 2006.
It was a tremendous move – from 1,500 square feet and 2 studios, to 4,000 sq. feet, 6 studios and a usable performance studio. The new facility enabled the KGOU staff to produce more local programs, to be more efficient, and to include more students in our operations.
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers quality assurance specialist Lucia Gamba (right) and area engineer Don Braun inspect newly placed storm shelters at the temporary replacement site for Irving Elementary School in Joplin, Mo., July 2, 2011.
Credit Kansas City District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers / Flickr Creative Commons
This week, I am inviting you to a public forum on public school safe rooms.
KGOU and The Oklahoma Tornado Project will host this public forum titled, "Who Should Pay for School Shelters?" It will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 19 at the Moore-Norman Technology Center's south Oklahoma City campus, 13301 S. Penn. The panel discussion begins at 7 p.m. and will be moderated by KGOU News Director Kurt Gwartney.
KGOU has a new series that started in early October called “Ahead of the Storm: The Oklahoma Tornado Project.” The focus is about what we have learned from last season’s tornados, and how we are better preparing for the next round of storms.
With enormous thanks to the listeners who became members of KGOU, this fall membership drive raised about $202,500 for the station's operations. Over 1,200 members donated in the weeks before or during the drive and about 200 of them were new to membership.
In preparation for the membership drive, I’ve been looking at the costs of the various programs on KGOU.
Of course, the morning, noon and evening week day programs are the most expensive – both to acquire from NPR and to add the local news and information. But the three together – Morning Edition, Here and Now and All Things Considered add up to about $20,000 per week.
Each membership drive, of course, we choose a theme, bring you different reasons to support that theme, reasons why you should support KGOU.
The theme for this fall: why sound reporting needs solid support. We’ll have stories of people doing exactly that – you know, supporting public radio. We’ll hear from you about the programs you like. As you support public radio.
I’ve been talking about the sound reporting that public media presents every day. That sound reporting is a major effort for both NPR and KGOU.
NPR maintains 16 foreign bureaus and has an additional 7 foreign reporters. On the domestic side, NPR has 20 bureaus throughout the states – and the closest one to us is in Dallas. It means that NPR can respond to breaking news and provide deeper stories to understand that news.