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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Happy New Fiscal Year!

Jun 29, 2014
Kevin Dooley

June 29, 2014

This is from the Manager’s Desk.

Yes, that is Auld Lang Syne in the background as we fold up and put way the books on fiscal year 2014. 

In the last twelve months, we…

  • Maintained a quality broadcast and digital services twenty four hours per day, three hundred and sixty five days a year.
  • Launched the Oklahoma Tornado Project and continued the StateImpact Oklahoma reporting efforts,
  • Won a number of awards for staff and student work, including 3 national awards,
  • Said farewell to staff members Kurt Gwartney and Kathy Hawkins, and
  • Saw continued audience and business support growth in support of our service.

Thank you for the success of fiscal year fourteen. 

Laura Knoll / KGOU

June 22, 2014

This is from the Manager’s Desk.

This week, I’m giving tribute to KGOU’s Business Manager of the last eight years, Kathy Hawkins, who is retiring at the end of the month.

John Simmons (British, 1823-1876), Scene from "A Midsummer Night's Dream", signed and dated 1873, watercolor, 71 x 95cm.
John Simmons / commons.wikipedia.org

June 15, 2014

This is from the Manager’s Desk. 

It may be hard to think but we are now in the last week of spring!

The summer solstice comes just before 6 a.m. on Saturday, June 21st. 

Ah, midsummer’s eve – dreams of fairies and maypoles, of bonfires, and plays within plays.

“If we shadows have offended, Think but this, and all is mended, That you have but slumbered here While these visions did appear.” 

But we have no time to dream now!

KGOU/Laura Knoll

June 1, 2014

This is from the Manager’s Desk.

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.

KGOU also maintains Facebook pages for KGOU News, the Weekend Blues, and Indian Times, and Twitter feeds for KGOU News and World Views.

Hey Paul Studio / Creative Commons

May 25, 2014

This is from the "The Manager's Desk."

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.

Society of Professional Journalists

May 18, 2014

This is from the Manager’s Desk.   

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.

KGOU Wins Awards

May 11, 2014
KGOU staff holding awards
KGOU

May 11, 2014

This is from the Manager’s Desk.

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.

James Bokovoy

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.

Lisa Davis (right) with the advocacy group Save Lake Texoma near the Rooster Creek Bridge at Lake Texoma State Park.
Logan Layden / StateImpact Oklahoma

On Wednesday, April 30, StateImpact Oklahoma presents an important conversation on how the changing climate will affect Oklahoma.

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.

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