Manager's Desk

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

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Manager's Desk
11:05 am
Sun October 6, 2013

Sound Programming Needs Solid Listener Support

Karen Holp in Membership Central
Credit Laura Knoll

 October 6, 2013

This is from the Manager’s Desk.

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.

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Manager's Desk
6:00 am
Sun September 29, 2013

This KGOU Life

This is Ira Glass, not Karen Holp.
Credit Jesse Thorn

September 29, 2013

It’s From the Manager’s Desk.   I’m Karen Holp.

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.

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Manager's Desk
6:00 am
Sun September 22, 2013

NPR's Kelly McEvers To Visit Oklahoma Oct. 2

NPR Reporter Kelly McEvers
Credit 2010 NPR, by Doby Photography

This is from the Manager’s Desk.   

This week I have an invitation for you. 

NPR’s foreign correspondent, Kelly McEvers, just returned from her 3-year assignment covering the Middle East and she will visit KGOU.

Kelly created an audio documentary, Diary of a Bad Year, and as a preview of her visit, you can hear the documentary Sept. 29 at noon.

KGOU will host a public forum Oct. 2 at 7:30 p.m. at the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History in Norman.

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Manager's Desk
1:13 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

Support Public Radio

Support Public Radio!
Credit Hey Paul Studio / Creative Commons

September 15, 2013

This is from the Manager’s Desk.  

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.

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Manager's Desk
9:09 am
Sun September 8, 2013

Sound Reporting Needs Listener Support

Busy!
Credit Russell Heistuman

September 8, 2013

This is from the Manager’s Desk.

You know about “driveway moments.” It’s that time when story grabs you, and you can’t get out of the car until you hear the end.

Sometimes that story is serious news, and sometimes it’s about a person that gives a glimpse into something more universal.

Public media gives you stories that you have to take the time to listen to. You have to be quiet, concentrate, imagine the speaker, the location.

And then the moment is over and you go back to your busy life.

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Manager's Desk
8:33 am
Sun September 8, 2013

Solid Reporting Needs Solid Support

Think Quality
Credit Ashley Burton

September 1, 2013

This is from the Manager’s Desk.

Looking back, August was not the “slow news” month we sometimes anticipate. Instead, August, and now September are now filled with serious issues that need public media coverage.

Serious news requires thoughtful effort to add context to those news stories, to explore the history of the issue, and to discuss events from different points of view.

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Manager's Desk
8:18 am
Sun September 8, 2013

Fall Semester Student Staff

August 25, 2013

This is from the Manager’s Desk.

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.

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Manager's Desk
8:17 am
Sun September 8, 2013

The Cost of Quality Content

August 18, 2013

This is from the Manager’s Desk.  

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.

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Manager's Desk
7:18 pm
Sun August 4, 2013

Program Costs Rising

August 4, 2013

This is from the Manager’s Desk.

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.

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Manager's Desk
7:48 am
Sun July 28, 2013

Protect My Public Media

  July 28, 2013

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.

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