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Behind the scenes at KGOU

KGOU's website is in transition today to a more mobile-friendly design, so that all the features available on KGOU.org 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!

#SupportKGOU

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?

VIDEO: High Brow, Low Blow

Oct 13, 2014
Boy holding bat looks at Peter Sagal
Kerry Thompson / NPR

Ever wonder what Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! jokes sound like before they’re edited? Cheap trickery might save a joke, but it's no substitute for the genuine laughs Wait, Wait...  brings us every week.

VIDEO: Peter Sagal's Siri Secret

Oct 12, 2014

Siri joins the Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! team. But if artificial intelligence isn't what you're after, make a contribution for the good of humankind.

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VIDEO: Furry Is The Hand That Bribes

Oct 12, 2014
Three panelists and a big furry friend
Kerry Thompson / NPR

The Wait, Wait... Don't Tell Me! news quiz can be tough, but some panelists have figured out how to get an advantage. Seems it's all about the incentives....

Need an incentive to help pay for the programs that bring you enjoyment, enlightenment, and knowledge about what's going on in our world? We'll thank you with a small gift, a big smile and heartfelt gratitude!

The KGOU Challenge

Sep 21, 2014
Karen Holp holds sign that reads, "I listen, I support KGOU."
KGOU

September 21, 2014

This is from the Manager’s Desk.

With so much going on throughout the world and right here in Oklahoma, the KGOU staff works to bring you news, talk and entertainment programs that help you make sense of it all.

As we encourage you to provide the financial support necessary to keep these programs available on KGOU, we’re spreading the word on social media. Here’s the KGOU Challenge:

You better start practicing the required response to Michael Feldman’s weekly question, “Whad’ya know?” Of course the answer is “not much, you?”

Michael Feldman’s “Whad’Ya Know” will be live from Oklahoma City on Saturday, October 25th with the broadcast starting at 10 a.m.

“Whad’Ya Know?” will be at the Oklahoma City Community College Visual and Performing Arts Center Theater. Tickets are now open to KGOU listeners who have the secret code.

KGOU On iTunes Radio

Jul 27, 2014

It sure seems as if the world is moving faster and faster!  And now, the opportunity to listen to KGOU in digital spaces has just increased.

KGOU now has our audio stream as a station inside iTunes Radio!

If you are already an iTunes customer, and if you have iTunes installed on your desktop, your iPad or iPhone, then you can listen to KGOU in iTunes Radio.  Simply go to the radio area, and search for KGOU. Then you make it your favorite by adding it to your personal “My Stations” list.

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. 

KGOU staff
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.

numerals collage
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:

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?)

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. 

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.

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.

Tim Berry / timberry.bplans.com

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.

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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