This is KGOU
9:29 am
Thu May 8, 2014

Photo Exhibit "Not Just Another Day in May" Open For Viewing

KGOU General Manager Karen Holp stands proud in front of images from Not Another Day in May
Kate Carlton The Oklahoma Tornado Project

Earlier this week, KGOU's Oklahoma Tornado Project and the Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center hosted an opening reception for the exhibit "Not Just Another Day in May" at Leadership Square in Downtown Oklahoma City. A few of the photographers who have work featured in the exhibit were there to talk to listeners about the images. 

This is KGOU
2:31 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

KGOU, StateImpact Oklahoma Dominate Radio Awards From Journalism Organization

Brian Hardzinski, Patrick Roberts, Kurt Gwartney, Karen Holp, Logan Layden and Joe Wertz after the awards banquet.
Credit Jolly Brown / KGOU

KGOU and a journalism cooperative it leads, StateImpact Oklahoma, combined to sweep several categories of awards presented by the Society of Professional Journalists' Oklahoma Pro Chapter. The journalists' organization also honored KGOU General Manager Karen Holp as its Teacher of the Year for her work as adjunct faculty for the University of Oklahoma's Gaylord College of Journalism, teaching students who produce a program broadcast on KGOU.

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12:31 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Top 10 Reasons To Volunteer During The Pledge Drive

Credit Flickr Creative Commons

Like most non-profits, KGOU relies on volunteers during the busiest times of the year -- specifically, during our membership drives. We have great volunteers, and we'd like to add to their numbers -- the more, the merrier! We have a good time, even though it does get really busy sometimes.

Here's your chance to help out KGOU and the greater listening community. And so, without further ado and with my tongue firmly planted in my cheek, here are our top ten reasons to sign up now:

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Krulwich Wonders...
7:03 am
Mon February 17, 2014

Expanding The NPR Brand, Mom By Mom

Connie J. Sun

The other day, I wrote a post about a cartoonist, Connie Sun, and her thoughts about animals. Her mom heard about it, and called Connie to say "Yea!" and then, because she's an honest woman, she asked, "What is NPR?" Here's what happened next:

I have this conversation all the time. So many people are not aware that NPR writes things, "posts" things. But we are spreading the word. (Going from "What is NPR?" to "NPR is blogs?" — that's progress, I think. No?)

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This is KGOU
8:34 am
Fri October 18, 2013

Life-Long Learning – At Home And Around The World

Credit Jeffrey Beall / Flickr Creative Commons

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. 

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This is KGOU
5:34 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

Community And Sense of Place

The "community" of Norman, Ok... gathering for a 2013 Summer Breeze concert.
Credit Jim Johnson

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.

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Fall Membership Drive
6:57 am
Tue October 15, 2013

Consider the Suspension Bridge: It's Public Radio

The Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco
Manish Rai Jain Flickr Creative Commons

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.

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Manager's Desk
3:58 pm
Sun April 7, 2013

Listener Support Enables KGOU's Growth

Credit Tim Berry /

This is from the Manager’s Desk.

For KGOU’s 30th anniversary year, I want to share a bit about KGOU’s financial picture this fiscal year and do a quick comparison to the past.

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Manager's Desk
3:15 pm
Sun April 7, 2013

The Past, Present and Future

Bob Dylan: There is nothing so stable as change.

March 31, 2013

This is from the Manager’s Desk.  When I celebrate an anniversary, I am nostalgic about the past, and I take pleasure in the present, but I really like thinking about the future.

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Manager's Desk
8:10 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

The Manager's Desk: 30 Years of Changes

General Manager of KGOU, Karen Holp, stands next to the new KROU broadcast antenna before it was hoisted to its 600' height on a new tower.
Credit Patrick Roberts, KGOU Chief Engineer

This is from the Manager’s Desk.

A lot has changed since KGOU became a public radio service in 1983. I joined KGOU as General Manager in 1988, so I’ve seen a lot of those changes.

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