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.

Ways To Connect

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.

Victims embrace amid the devastation in Moore after the May 20, 2013 tornado.
Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

Next month, Oklahoma will be marking the anniversary of a series of storms that moved through our communities.  Those storms left a lot of tears behind, but also a lot of resolve to rebuild.

KGOU's Ahead of the Storm: The Oklahoma Tornado Project is partnering with Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center to present a curated photography exhibit dedicated to last May’s storms. 

Procsilas Moscas / flickr.com/photos/procsilas/

Thank you to the 1,200 or so folks of the audience who became members during the Spring 2014 membership drive. About 250 people became new members! The total for the 7 day event was past goal and totaled nearly $177,350. 

As you might imagine, for the staff of KGOU, the experience of the membership drive is both exhausting and exhilarating. The exhausting part is easy to understand.  The exhilarating part is seeing the names of members set before us from the phone volunteers and staff who process the information.  

Krista Tippett "On Being" / Flickr Creative Commons

I have an invitation for you to meet Krista Tippett, host of the very popular program, “On Being.”

Krista Tippett will be here as a guest of KGOU for a free, public lecture on "The Adventure of Civility" and her presentation will allow for audience questions. Her topic is a reflection on the learnings of the Civil Conversations Project.  Krista will offer courage and practical guidance for creating hospitable spaces in communities and families.

Nic McPhee / Flickr Creative Commons

For the last several weeks, I’ve been talking about mathematical problems, crowdfunding, and strength in numbers. All of these ideas lead to financial sustainability for KGOU.

Crowdfunding KGOU

Mar 19, 2014
http://www.lendingmemo.com/

I know the term “crowdfunding” is the rage these days and there are a growing number of websites dedicated to helping organizations raise funds.

The Wikipedia reference on crowdfunding says people participate because they like to be partly responsible for the success of the project they are supporting.

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