During December, KGOU opened our 2013 financial records for the annual external audit. That audit is complete, and I posted the financial report on the KGOU web page.
For fiscal year 2013, total operating income to KGOU decreased one percent from 2012, but private giving in all forms increased about nearly four percent. Private giving now represents 52 percent of KGOU’s budget. Direct support from the University of Oklahoma decreased while in-kind support increased.
I don’t know about you, but this past year has flown by. I just learned the habit of saying "twenty-thirteen." But we are looking forward to 2014.
Jan. 1 is KGOU’s anniversary, and we are marking 31 years of public radio service. KGOU’s longevity is a combination of constant support from the University of Oklahoma, the constant availability of the annual grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the constant support from KGOU listeners. And that support has enabled KGOU to grow.
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers quality assurance specialist Lucia Gamba (right) and area engineer Don Braun inspect newly placed storm shelters at the temporary replacement site for Irving Elementary School in Joplin, Mo., July 2, 2011.
Credit Kansas City District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers / Flickr Creative Commons
This week, I am inviting you to a public forum on public school safe rooms.
KGOU and The Oklahoma Tornado Project will host this public forum titled, "Who Should Pay for School Shelters?" It will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 19 at the Moore-Norman Technology Center's south Oklahoma City campus, 13301 S. Penn. The panel discussion begins at 7 p.m. and will be moderated by KGOU News Director Kurt Gwartney.
In preparation for the membership drive, I’ve been looking at the costs of the various programs on KGOU.
Of course, the morning, noon and evening week day programs are the most expensive – both to acquire from NPR and to add the local news and information. But the three together – Morning Edition, Here and Now and All Things Considered add up to about $20,000 per week.
I’ve been talking about the sound reporting that public media presents every day. That sound reporting is a major effort for both NPR and KGOU.
NPR maintains 16 foreign bureaus and has an additional 7 foreign reporters. On the domestic side, NPR has 20 bureaus throughout the states – and the closest one to us is in Dallas. It means that NPR can respond to breaking news and provide deeper stories to understand that news.
This is from the Manager’s Desk. We have upgraded the KGOU web page with a new audio streaming service. Click on the “listen live” tab in the upper left corner of the KGOU web page to see the new options for listening online.
If you have already installed the KGOU mobile web page on your smart phone, the streaming button on the top of the page is now functional. You can get the mobile web page by loading "kgou.org" in your smart phone browser and following directions.
This is from the Manager’s Desk. Once again, the members of KGOU have stood up and have been counted. I am very happy to report that membership pledges of support have continued to come into KGOU, and we are now past our spring membership goal of $180,000.
This is great news and it means we can finish off this fiscal year and start the new one in July with confidence that listener support remains strong.