This week, I’m touring KGOU’s services in digital spaces. Start with the web page at KGOU! Of course the local news and programs from KGOU are there, plus NPR news, but the Calendar section of local non-profit events is amazing.
There is an easy way to view the site on your mobile phone or tablet, and an RSS feed for each of KGOU’s regular features. Stay here and look around, bookmark the site, subscribe to the RSS feeds, listen to the live stream, and make a donation.
In one month, KGOU’s fiscal year will end. As usual, I am spending some time looking at the membership revenue to date, and making sure that expenses are what we planned.
There are a number of membership one-time pledges still outstanding from the spring membership drive. And it means that if your membership pledge needs to be paid, you have about four weeks to get it done.
KGOU and StateImpact Oklahoma will receive a national award on June 20th. But first a little background.
Three years ago, the public radio and television stations formed the Oklahoma Public Media Exchange. The first collaboration was StateImpact Oklahoma, led by KGOU and delivering content to all the stations. And the stations are talking to each other more, sharing more.
When the tornados hit Oklahoma last May, the StateImpact team, KGOU and KOSU coordinated reporting, some of which was used by NPR.
The KGOU staff, students, and projects – the Oklahoma Tornado Project and StateImpact Oklahoma – together have received 59 awards for work in 2013.
There is one national win that I will tell you about next week.
KGOU received sixteen awards from the Oklahoma Associated Press Broadcasters Association, including eleven for KGOU and four for the Oklahoma Tornado Project, plus the Radio Sweepstakes Award for the most awards in radio.
The KGOU Oklahoma Tornado Project and the Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center have collaborated to present a month-long exhibit of photographs called “Not Just Another Day in May.”
I want to thank the amateur and professional photographers who submitted photos for consideration. The exhibit will mark the anniversary of tornadoes that struck several Oklahoma communities last May. The photos were curated by the Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center.
Guests will include Clay Pope, the Executive Director of the Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts, and David Engle, the Executive Director of Oklahoma State University's Water Resources Center.
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.