Manager's Desk

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

Read this article to understand tropospheric ducting -- temperature inversion -- and why the KGOU signal might seem fuzzy every now and then.

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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.
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.

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.

Happy New Year!

Jan 1, 2015
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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.

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. 

Mark Antonio Wright

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.

Giving Tuesday For KGOU

Nov 28, 2014
Karen Holp holds sign that reads, "I listen, I support 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. 

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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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.

Annie The Musical
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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. 

There are just a few seats left for the live national broadcast of Whad’Ya Know? with Michael Feldman… this Saturday at the Oklahoma City Community College Visual and Performing Arts Theater.  

The live broadcast starts at 10 a.m. and audience members are asked to be in their seats by 9:30 a.m.

Musical guests will be alt-country sounds of Honeylark, plus Michael will sample great food from Cattlemen's Restaurant.