Behind the scenes at KGOU

KGOU's on-air sign
Brian Hardzinski / KGOU

KGOU is celebrating National Radio Day, and we'd love to see you and the rest of our audience during our studio open house.

We'll be here from noon to 3 p.m. with studio tours, giveaways, interactive presentations by the news staff, and a live performance by The Royal Jelly.

KGOU listener Keith Gaddie and his bulldog, Georgia.
Keith Gaddie

It’s Mardi Gras - a day of indulgence, parades, zydeco, and a celebration of all things New Orleans during annual Carnival celebrations that originate with the Christian period between Epiphany and Lent.

KGOU (and our listeners) celebrated the season Sunday afternoon with The Weekend Bluesannual “Mardi Party” featuring music from the Crescent City and beyond.

Thank you

October 25, 2015

This is from the Manager's Desk. On Wednesday, Oct. 21, at 5:54 p.m., the Fall 2015 Fund Drive came to an end. When we added it all up, listeners donated over $201,000.

Nearly three-quarters of the total was donated in the first three weeks of regularly scheduled announcements while the final third or so was raised in the three days of program interruptions.

Over 100 new donors contributed and nearly 1,300 listeners renewed!

Since we began KGOU's fall fundraising campaign we've heard from many listeners who love this new approach we're taking, and others who aren't so crazy about it.

Most listeners get it–that this is the way public radio is funded: listeners donate to the local station and the local station pays for its operations and sends some to the networks, NPR and the others, for the rights to carry network shows.

How do we get that message to listeners in a way that won't make them want to (gasp) listen to another station, or turn off the radio altogether?

I apologize for that clickbait-y headline–as a public media connoisseur, you expect and deserve better. But I need your attention for an important announcement:

If you've been listening or reading this website for awhile, then you know that KGOU is actively raising money right now to fund our work into the future. You've heard or seen our pleas for you, the consumer, to invest in more of KGOU's service. Many of you have already answered, and if so, thank you.

But, being the curious type, you have questions. You might ask, "What are they going to spend my money on – beer and pizza? Office chairs with built-in massage? Solid gold paper clips? Limousines driving reporters to news stories?"


September 13, 2015

This is from the Manager's Desk.   

I am not trying to be too personal right now, but I’d like to know what you are doing while you listen to KGOU. In other words, how do you KGOU?

Last week, I gave you a glance of my Saturday morning shopping to “Whad’Ya Know?” and my afternoon of household chores to the “Weekend Blues.” Now we would like to hear your voice, telling us how you listen.

Record yourself on your smart phone, and then record the sound surrounding you. Send it in and we’ll send you a special, limited edition “My KGOU” t-shirt.

Where Do You KGOU? Tell Us In Sound

Sep 3, 2015

Help us put a voice to the tens of thousands of listeners who tune in to KGOU each week. Share an audio "snapshot" the next time you're listening to KGOU, and get our new, limited edition T-shirt.

We've heard that many of you are multitasking when you're listening, whether on the radio or online, and we're curious to know what else you're doing. So take a minute to tell us about it – here's how:

UPDATED July 7, 2016: Anti-virus software installed on your computer can interfere with the new player. In particular, Sophos, the software used on University of Oklahoma computers, is known to interfere.

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Capitol Steps / Capitol Steps

June 21, 2015

This is from the Manager’s Desk.

As we barrel towards KGOU’s fiscal year end, we are not over the barrel because of your financial support. Thank you very much. June 30 is the last day to make your gift at before the fiscal year ends.

KGOU's website is in transition today to a more mobile-friendly design, so that all the features available on can go with you wherever you go! This new "responsive" design optimizes the layout of each webpage according to the size of the viewer's screen.

The layout on a desktop or laptop computer has just a few changes -- the live audio stream is still accessible from the top of the screen, although now it's on the right side. The navigation bar underneath has just had a little facelift, and the news content flows underneath.

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

More than 1100 KGOU listeners did it – you shortened our spring fundraising drive and together, we met the $180,000 goal.  And together, we did it in the shortest amount of program disruption we have ever achieved.

As promised, we ended the fundraiser as soon as we met the goal.  We are back to the regular, scheduled breaks so you don’t miss another minute of your favorite programs. 

March 29, 2015

This is from the Manager’s Desk.

We are now in the third week of our non-traditional fundraiser. This is actually rather exciting because this is something different, and it seems to be working. We are halfway to our goal of $180,000. And when we reach the goal, this fundraising effort is over!


Oct 18, 2014

October 18, 2014

Song: Crystal Gayle's "Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue" 

This is from the Manager’s Desk.

No, no, no, my brown eyes are not blue. It does matter that we didn’t make the goal for the fall membership drive. But, we did raise over $191,000 in pledges of support!

And that's close. Close enough that I know the pledges coming in during the next several weeks will cover the gap and more.

A friend left a message on my phone last Friday saying she couldn't pledge now, was going out of town, and would call me in ten days.

VIDEO: One Cat Typing

Oct 14, 2014
cat in cubicle
Kerry Thompson / NPR

If a hundred monkeys banging away on typewriters could eventually come up with the works of Shakespeare, how long would it take one cat to write a joke?