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Manager's Minute

Reports to the listening public about station operations from KGOU General Manager Dick Pryor.

Dick recently discussed the future of public media. Read or watch the interview here.

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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Every spring, summer, and early fall, generally in the mornings, listeners may occasionally experience a fuzzy or noisy signal. Our transmitters and your radio are fine – this disruption is caused by tropospheric ducting, also called temperature inversion.

When the air gets warmer in higher altitudes and cooler in lower altitudes, this atmospheric condition permits interference with local stations by distant stations on the same frequency.  The fuzzy signal generally will clear up by noon.

Katie Stokes

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KGOU has just ended one fiscal year, and begun another.

This has been an eventful year – we’ve added a new transmitter in Clinton, expanded our StateImpact Oklahoma team and dramatically increased our number of weekly listeners.

We’ve launched two new podcasts (How Curious and Capitol Insider) and improved our severe storms and emergency alert system. We've grown our StateImpact Oklahoma reporting and launched the Oklahoma Engaged 2018 election project.

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We're going to need a bigger awards wall.

The annual journalism award season is over, and again this year KGOU was a big winner.

We won the Sweepstakes Award for most honors in the Oklahoma/Arkansas Associated Press competition – for the 9th time in 11 years.

News director Jacob McCleland and reporter Storme Jones each won a first place plaque and Nomin Ujiyediin earned a second place award.

Jacob won for best reporter portfolio (overall top reporter), with Nomin second.

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Tuesday, June 26th is primary election day across the state of Oklahoma.

Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m.

Interest in elections this year is high – with voting on state house and senate, statewide offices, congress, judges and more.

A state question regarding medical marijuana (SQ 788) is on the primary ballot.

This year, KGOU and our public radio partners will cover politics and elections through an innovative initiative – Oklahoma Engaged: Project Public Office.

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2018 is a monumental election year in Oklahoma. All statewide offices, including governor, are on the ballot, along with judicial, legislative and congressional races.

With so many issues facing the state, interest is high – and we’re meeting that demand with an ambitious and innovative plan for election coverage.

KGOU and StateImpact Oklahoma, along with our public radio partners, KOSU, KWGS, and KCCU have launched Oklahoma Engaged: Project Public Office.

Give to KGOU

May 28, 2018
Katie Stokes

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When I’m out and about seeing friends, attending public events and speaking to groups I’m pleased to learn how many people listen to KGOU.

Often, they tell me it’s the only radio station they listen to; some even say they enjoy the Manager’s Minute. That’s always nice to hear.

Listener loyalty means a lot. It says the people we serve, you, appreciate what we do.

Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters

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The spring semester at the University of Oklahoma has ended, so it’s time to say so long to students who’ve worked and taken classes at KGOU this year.

We had four Gaylord College students in Radio News – Ashley Eddy, Jaron Spor, Benji Vasquez and Collin Cook.  We hosted three students in the KGOU Practicum class – Shereen Hasam, Katie Stokes and Nyk Wynes.

Patrick Roberts

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KGOU is one of 27 public radio stations nationwide selected for an NPR initiative, funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, to help keep our listeners safe during severe weather.

As a member of the Tornado Alley Project, KGOU is now capable of delivering severe storm and emergency alerts through mobile phones, HD radio, online applications and other devices, in addition to our broadcast alerts.

Just the Facts

May 1, 2018
An Evening with Carl Bernstein
Oklahoma Humanities

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Recently, I’ve been able to hear talks by iconic Washington Post reporters Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward, and legendary CBS News anchor Dan Rather while they were in Oklahoma.

I was struck by how each of them avoided speculation and stuck to provable facts in discussing politics and current events. Rather emphasized he is more comfortable with “straight news” than opinion or analysis.

Honor Roll Keeps Growing

Apr 23, 2018
Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters

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We enjoy getting feedback – especially the positive kind – and awards are tangible proof of outstanding work.

Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters awards are hard to come by, but this year KGOU picked up two.

News director Jacob McCleland won first place in General News and host/reporter Storme Jones brought home a first place plaque in the Single Feature category.

Listeners Support KGOU

Apr 15, 2018
Katie Stokes / Gaylord College

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Just a few days ago, we finished the on-air portion of our Spring fundraiser. To all who contributed – THANK YOU.

We appreciate our loyal supporters, who donate through annual one-time gifts and those sustaining members who give to KGOU with ongoing monthly contributions.

In addition to renewals, we’re also pleased to see a large number of new members who stepped up and gave to KGOU for the very first time.

We appreciate your vote of confidence.

KGOU Radio

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Over the last several weeks I’ve been telling you about KGOU programs, services and operations and how important it is for listeners like you to support us and public service journalism.

Well, now is the time for you to give.

More than ever, private financial support from individuals and businesses is essential to KGOU’s continued success and growth.

The largest portion of KGOU’s funding comes from listeners.

Become part of our winning team.

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KGOU has seen a large increase in the size of our audience in the last 18 months. We’re up about thirty percent over that time .

One of the keys to growing listenership is programming.

Much of KGOU’s broadcast and online content is produced by our own team of journalists. Costs of producing and distributing local content amount to more than $480,000 each year.

We also purchase national programs, including favorites such as Morning Edition, All Things Considered and BBC News.

And, those costs keep rising.  

Laura Knoll, KGOU

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We’re pleased to welcome a new member to the KGOU team.

Caroline Halter recently joined us as producer/reporter.

Caroline received her bachelor’s degree in International Relations from the University of Seattle.

She previously worked in public media in Marfa, Texas, and has covered politics and government in Alaska and Washington State.

Funding Update

Mar 7, 2018

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KGOU is licensed to the University of Oklahoma (we are a department of OU Outreach), so when the state of Oklahoma cuts funding to higher education we get less money, too.

KGOU has seen a drop in state funding of more than 22 percent over the last ten years, so your donations are vital to our operations.

Forty percent of our annual revenue – more than $560,000 - comes from membership.

About a third of our funding comes from business support for program underwriting – that’s roughly $450,000 per year.

KGOU Radio

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The popularity of podcasts is surging – one in four Americans listens to a podcast.

KGOU is starting a new podcast called How Curious on March 20th and it’s all about Oklahoma - its history, myths, personalities, legends and more.

In each episode of How Curious, Claire Donnelly will explore questions you have about the state we call home.

How Curious is quirky, fresh and engaging.

Laura Knoll, KGOU

I’m Dick Pryor, and this is the Manager’s Minute.

Broadcast stations have certain reporting obligations as part of their compliance with Federal Communications Commission and Corporation for Public Broadcasting rules.

You can find some of these reports in the Key Information section under the ABOUT tab at KGOU.org.

There, you can access dates, times and locations of OU Board of Regents meetings, ownership reports, recent financial reports, Equal Employment Opportunity reports, and a summary of local content and services.

What makes us different?

Feb 11, 2018

I’m Dick Pryor, and this is the Manager’s Minute.

KGOU listeners know they can trust the news and information we deliver every day, whether it’s produced by NPR, StateImpact Oklahoma or the KGOU news team.

A leading national survey has found NPR is America’s most trusted and most loved news service brand.

What makes us different?

Well, we expect excellence.

We operate under stringent standards of ethics and professionalism.

KGOU subscribes to well-established codes of editorial integrity that guide our work.

KGOU Radio

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KGOU has a rich history of award winning journalism, and reporter/host Storme Jones is carrying on that tradition. Storme is a finalist for six awards in the National Broadcast Society student journalism competition. The national Grand Prize winners will be announced in March. Storme is a junior broadcast journalism major from Yukon.

Several other students from OU’s Gaylord College are also with us this semester.

Four in the Radio News class:

Ashley Eddy is a junior majoring in broadcast journalism.

Association of Women in Communication

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With a new year beginning, KGOU is renewing its commitment to serving you with trustworthy journalism.

Our goal is to deliver relevant, interesting, explanatory stories that tell not just what happened, but explore the why and how.

Along with our partners, we have expanded StateImpact Oklahoma to provide in-depth coverage of energy and environment, health, education, criminal justice and more.

2018 is an election year, so much of our focus will be on politics and policy.

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