At 27, I’m one of the younger members of the KGOU staff. I started my career in public radio at KGOU at 19, while still very much a naïve college student. Working on the campus of the University of Oklahoma, sometimes it feels like I never left college.
Fortunately, if you never leave higher education, you never stop learning. Public radio stimulates my curiosity, and teaches me something new every single day. In this 21st Century fast-paced digital landscape, a conversation that once opened with “I heard it on KGOU…” has been replaced with a text message that usually starts with “TIL” (for “Today I Learned…”).
That thirst for knowledge is quenched every day by what I hear on KGOU.
As a junior attending the University of Oklahoma in 1991, “self” was very much my focus. I had time for little else, it seemed. After all, I was working hard to finance my way through school (and life) and wondering what my place in this world would be once I graduated when an opportunity to actually gain some experience in broadcasting came about.
Yes, I'm really going to compare public radio to a suspension bridge. They're very similar, don't you think?
And not just in the obvious ways.
It's easy to see that like a suspension bridge, public radio is a connector between communities, a way to get from Here to There, a conduit for the free exchange between points -- geographic or intellectual -- that seemed forever destined to be separated.
On Jan. 1, 1983, KGOU became a non-commercial public radio station. I barely noticed.
I should have noticed. After all, I was working at KGOU as a volunteer student broadcaster, and for the past year and a half I’d been dragging my sleep-deprived self out of bed at 6 a.m. (an hour most college students deemed unthinkable) to write and deliver two five-minute newscasts each morning. Still, I didn’t pay much attention.
The spring semester of 2013 has begun and we have a new group of students learning the craft of storytelling and audio production.
In our largest Radio News class ever, we have 9 students: Joey Adams, Kate Carlton, Brett Coppenbarger, Cailey Dougherty, Kiana King, Brant Morrell, Ana Nospal, Ajinur Setiwaldi, and Hayley Thornton. Their first stories will come to the air on Assignment: Radio on March 10th.
The Oklahoma legislative session will be starting soon, and both KGOU and StateImpact Oklahoma are planning coverage.
To begin, KGOU will bring you coverage of Governor Fallin’s State of the State address, scheduled for Monday, February 4.
Then, water issues are going to be a major topic of discussion among the legislators. They will be grappling with developing a water plan to carry Oklahoma into the future, while facing the effects of the current drought.