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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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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.

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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.

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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:

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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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World Views

This is the Manager’s Minute.

As we turn the calendar to a new year, changes are coming to KGOU’s on-air voices.

After nearly 40 years on the air, Diane Rehm has retired, and beginning January second, you’ll hear Joshua Johnson and his new program, 1A, weekday mornings at 9:00.

And, January fourth is the final day at KGOU for Morning Edition host Brian Hardzinski.

Brian has spent almost eleven years at KGOU.

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This is the Manager’s Minute.

The holidays are a time to celebrate hope, peace and joy.

At KGOU, we’re celebrating 34 years of service to Oklahoma as an NPR affiliate, as our number of loyal listeners keeps growing.

Nationally, NPR programs have shown about a 40 percent increase in ratings over the past twelve months.

That tells us you appreciate the trusted news and information and enriching programs we deliver every day.

And, we appreciate the financial support KGOU receives from you, our valued listeners, and friends.

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This is the Manager’s Minute.

With the holidays rapidly approaching, many of us are planning special activities with friends and family, and checking items off our end-of-year to-do lists. As you wind down 2016, please consider a gift to KGOU.

If you are already a supporter – thanks for your financial commitment to KGOU and public service media. We hope you might even be able to increase your support to help us upgrade and grow.

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Now that the calendar has turned to December, and the fall semester is ending at the University of Oklahoma, we want to thank the OU students working at KGOU.

Storme Jones is host of the noon news, traffic and weather reports and produces special features.

Richard Bassett handles the community event calendars, online and on the air, and does audio engineering for local musical performances.

Both are paid student staff members, and we’re glad they will be with us over the holidays and during the spring semester in 2017.

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Stephen Voss

This is the Manager’s Minute. The election is over, the leaves are turning and the holidays are upon us. November is a month of transition, and so it is this year at KGOU.

We just completed a successful partnership with the League of Women Voters, KOSU, OETA, Tyler Media, Oklahoma Watch, the Oklahoman and the Kirkpatrick Foundation to provide the Oklahoma Engaged election guide.

We say so long to Kate Carlton Greer as she begins a new position at the state Capitol. And we wish Karen Holp the best after 28 years at KGOU.

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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
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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?"

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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:

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