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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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March 22, 2015

This is from the Manager’s Desk.

This is KGOU’s 2015 Spring Fundraiser. We are raising money to pay for the programs and services you love, but right now, we are using these small announcements to avoid interruption to programming.

Our success depends on you. Help us now with a gift of 5, 10 or 20 dollars per month, or any amount that works for you. 

Our goal is to raise $180,000, and once we do, this drive is over. As of late last week, we had received just about $60,000. So we are about a third of the way to our goal.

Karen Holp holds sign that reads, "I listen, I support KGOU."
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March 15, 2015

This is from the Manager’s Desk.

This is it! This is KGOU’s 2015 Spring Fundraiser!

Listener donations provide this service of news and information and entertainment to nearly 70,000 Oklahoma listeners each week.

That’s why KGOU and other public radio stations around the country hold these fundraising efforts two and sometimes three or four times a year, asking listeners to support programming. 

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I am proud to introduce a new staff member at KGOU, and I ask you to join in with us in welcoming him to Oklahoma. KGOU’s next news director is Jacob McCleland.

Patrick Roberts / KGOU

This week, I’m very happy to announce that we have expanded the KGOU service area a few more miles with the installation of a small transmitter near Shawnee, Oklahoma.

K286BZ operates at 105.1 FM at about 250 watts and will help fill in with a clear signal in Shawnee. It should serve the northern half of Pottawatomie County.

The dip in the land in Shawnee and generally just south of I40 was an area where both KGOU and KROU signals get very fuzzy. So this addition of this small transmitter will deliver the KGOU signal clearly into town.

February 8, 2015

This is from the Manager's Desk.

David Sedaris has become a public radio tradition when his Santaland Diaries first aired many years ago during the holiday season. Since then, he has written books, continued his on-air appearances, and tours the country giving his readings and commentary to fantastic reviews.

KGOU is please to present "An Evening With David Sedaris" on April 29 at the Hudiburg Chevrolet Center at Rose State College, beginning at 7:30 p.m.

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February 1, 2015

This is from the Manager’s Desk.

Each semester, we have students at KGOU, earning pay or class credits. With the spring semester, we have new and returning students.

Two new students have joined the paid staff. Cesia Rascon is our Development assistant helping with membership records. The new producer of web and broadcast community event calendars is Brooke Lefler. Hayley Thornton continues to produce Assignment: Radio, and Mark Antonio Wright continues as on-air news host of All Things Considered.

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January 1, 2015

This is from the Manager’s Desk.

Each year, KGOU undergoes a complete financial audit by an independent and very professional auditor. We do this for two main reasons.

First, it is a requirement of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting to have an external audit each year in order to receive our annual grant.

But over the years, I have come to really appreciate the second reason. Each year, I post the audit on our web page. All the information is there in a PDF that you can down load.

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.

Thank you
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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
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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."
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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.

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