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Behind the scenes at KGOU

This is the Manager’s Minute.

KGOU’s fall fundraiser begins on Friday, September 29th, and the on-air part of the pledge drive runs through October 6th.

Private financial support is always important to our continued operations and growth in service.

But, because of continuing state budget cuts, generous support from our members is especially critical now. 

So, your gift really matters.

It helps us pay for programs, equipment and the people who deliver reliable news that empowers informed citizenship.

Happy New Fiscal Year!

Jun 29, 2017
KGOU Radio

This is the Manager’s Minute.

Summer is beginning, as KGOU’s fiscal year is ending.

KGOU operates on a July first through June thirtieth fiscal year.

This has been a year of transition and growth for the station, even as state funding has continued to shrink.

As part of higher education, KGOU’s annual appropriation has dropped almost 50-thousand dollars in the past couple of years, and more state cuts are possible.

New Fiscal Year Begins

Jun 21, 2017

This is the Manager’s Minute.

Summer is beginning, as KGOU’s fiscal year is ending.

KGOU operates on a July first through June thirtieth fiscal year.

This has been a year of transition and growth for the station, even as state funding has continued to shrink.

As part of higher education, KGOU’s annual appropriation has dropped almost 50-thousand dollars in the past couple of years, and more state cuts are possible.

Diversity Matters

Jun 17, 2017

This is the Manager’s Minute.

In today’s interconnected world, diversity and inclusion are becoming increasingly essential to every healthy organization.

Understanding racial, ethnic, gender and religious issues is an important skill for everyone in the workplace, especially those in management and leadership positions.

Recently, I attended the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity, commonly called NCORE, sponsored by the University of Oklahoma Outreach.

Fuzzy Signal Explained

Jun 17, 2017

This is the Manager’s Minute.

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.

Enjoying Jazz in June

Jun 17, 2017

This is the Manager’s Minute.

One of Oklahoma’s favorite musical events returns this week.

The hippest jazz festival around - Jazz in June - is back for three days of daytime clinics and evening concerts on Thursday, Friday and Saturday in Norman.

The first two nights begin at 7:30 at Brookhaven Village; the final night of the 34th annual event starts at 6:30 at Norman’s Andrews Park.

Among the standout acts are Mike Hosty and Jamie Oldaker, Victor and Penny, and Dr. Lonnie Smith.

NPR Ratings Surge

May 22, 2017

This is the Manager’s Minute.

Trusted journalism makes a difference, and across the United States more news consumers are turning to NPR.

Nationally, for the seventeenth month in a row, public radio listening has gone up from the same month in the previous year.

Morning Edition is now the top nationally syndicated radio talk show, and All Things Considered is second.

NPR has the highest ratings in its 45 year history and is the nation’s most loved news service brand, according to new Harris Equitrends polling.

Thank You!

May 18, 2017

This is the Manager’s Minute.

KGOU’s spring fundraiser was a resounding success.

We’re still adding up the numbers, but this is already the best spring fundraiser in KGOU history.

Fourteen hundred people contributed, including more than 350 new members.

That shows significant growth.

And so does the total money raised.

Contributions are close to $200,000, an increase of more than 32 percent from Spring, 2016.

This means more and more people are making KGOU part of their lives and daily routine.

Deep Dive Journalism

May 18, 2017
Logan Layden conducting an interview in 2014.
StateImpact Oklahoma

This is the Manager’s Minute.

KGOU is proud to be a member of the group of public media stations that operate StateImpact Oklahoma.

StateImpact Reporters Joe Wertz and Logan Layden have been reporting on energy and environment issues for six years and have been gaining national recognition for their work.

More than 75 of StateImpact’s deep-dive, data-driven stories have been featured on NPR.

Eighteen different news organizations, in the U.S., Great Britain and Canada, have aired StateImpact Oklahoma’s reports.

Students End Semester

May 11, 2017

This is the Manager’s Minute.

The end of the Spring semester at the University of Oklahoma is a time of transition for students who have spent the past several months at KGOU.

Gaylord College students Amber Friend and Zachary Brown learned how to produce stories in the Radio News class.

In her Practicum class, Macee Beheler produced Capitol Insider segments and wrote stories about state government and politics for the Capitol Insider web page.

A line forms outside the Crown Heights Christian Church in Oklahoma City shortly after 8 a.m. on Election Day, Nov. 8, 2016..
Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

This is the Manager’s Minute.

During the 2016 election cycle, KGOU, KOSU and StateImpact Oklahoma came together in a collaborative reporting project called Oklahoma Engaged.

Through our partnership, we provided numerous online and broadcast resources to help voters understand state questions and the election process.

Now, we are pleased to announce KGOU, KOSU and StateImpact Oklahoma have been chosen to receive a regional Edward R. Murrow Award from the Radio Television Digital News Association for the Oklahoma Engaged collaboration.

KGOU’s Capitol Insider Now Available on iTunes

May 2, 2017

The weekly conversation between KGOU’s Dick Pryor, eCapitol News Director Shawn Ashley, and Oklahoma’s political newsmakers is now accessible from your smartphone, tablet, laptop or computer through iTunes!

Laura Knoll / KGOU

This is the Manager’s Minute.

We recently welcomed two new members of the KGOU news team – Host/Content Creator Claire Donnelly and Digital News Editor/Reporter Nomin Ujiyedin.

Claire is a graduate of the University of Virginia, with degrees in literature and Spanish. She received her Master’s Degree from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University in Chicago.

Claire’s work experience includes stints at WBEZ in Chicago and WAMU in Washington, D.C.

Nomin graduated from Rutgers University, where she majored in economics and political science.

KGOU / OU Outreach

This is the Manager’s Minute.

Hard to believe, but KGOU has been in its “new” studios for ten years. We’re glad to be located on the University of Oklahoma’s Norman campus, but after ten years, the equipment we bought when we moved in, is showing its age.

Electronic equipment just wears out over time. The Oklahoma City transmitter needs a new tube, and the whole thing will need to be replaced before long. After ten years, our main audio console and on-air automation computers are becoming less reliable and need maintenance more often.

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studio curve / Flickr

This is the Manager’s Minute.

There’s been a lot of talk recently about the media and how we serve the public.

Sure, the mission of KGOU, and NPR, involves delivering important news, information and meaningful discussion.

But, we also build community.

We connect people from different places, backgrounds and beliefs.

And, we provide a marketplace for ideas and shared experiences.

One of the ways KGOU does that is through our Community Events Calendar.

This is the Manager’s Minute.

We recently completed KGOU’s internal audit for fiscal year 2016.

Business manager Cindy Cottrell did a great job crunching the numbers and working with the new independent accounting firm.

For the year, total operating revenue increased 1.3 percent over 2015.

The big reason for the increase was that giving from private sources – individuals and businesses – rose by six percent.

In fact, donations from individuals just missed KGOU’s all-time high for a single year.

So, thanks for your support.

interior view of Oklahoma Capitol rotunda and dome
Dick Pryor

This is the Manager’s Minute.

As the Oklahoma legislature begins its 2017 session, this is a good time to remember the important role news organizations serve as a watchdog over state, local and national government.

KGOU will be covering the legislative session, and each week we’ll discuss the big stories in Capitol Insider.

Our nation’s founders recognized a vibrant press is critical in holding government accountable to the people.

We’re supposed to ask probing questions and connect the dots.

This is the Manager’s Minute. With the new semester beginning, KGOU is welcoming several students from the University of Oklahoma.

Amber Friend is a senior Print Journalism major at the Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication – and she’s taking Radio News.

Macee Beheler is a senior, majoring in broadcast journalism. Through her Practicum class, Macee will be producing KGOU’s new weekly feature, Capitol Insider.

Dick Pryor and R.C. Davis-Undiano
Current Conversations

What is the future of radio? Current Conversations host Robert Con Davis-Undiano talks with KGOU's new General Manager Dick Pryor, whose career in radio and television in Oklahoma spans 40 years.

Join us for a fascinating discussion about radio–past and future.

Interview Highlights:

This is the Manager’s Minute.

Presidential Inauguration Day is Friday, January 20.

KGOU and NPR plan special coverage beginning at 9 a.m. as Donald Trump becomes the 45th president of the United States.

NPR’s Steve Inskeep and Audie Cornish will co-host from the Capitol and National Mall, with live reports, interviews, speeches and the oath of office.

At 1 p.m., inauguration coverage continues with Here & Now hosts Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson reporting on the Inaugural Luncheon and Parade.

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