Manager's Desk

Mark Antonio Wright

December 7, 2014

This is from the Manager’s Desk.

It is finals week at the University of Oklahoma and I’m proud of the students we have had working at KGOU this past semester.

Sarah Hurd has been working in the Development Department and will be away on a student abroad adventure next semester.

Hayley Thornton has been the producer of Assignment: Radio and she will be returning for her final semester at OU in January.

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

September 28, 2014

This is from the Manager’s Desk.

I hope you are thinking of some creative signs that you can use to show your support of KGOU for the upcoming membership drive. Or you can visit this past Manager's Desk and copy one of the pre-made signs from the slideshow there.

This fall we are asking you for two things. We are asking you for make your financial gift to KGOU and to show your support on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

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Thank you to the 1,200 or so folks of the audience who became members during the Spring 2014 membership drive. About 250 people became new members! The total for the 7 day event was past goal and totaled nearly $177,350. 

As you might imagine, for the staff of KGOU, the experience of the membership drive is both exhausting and exhilarating. The exhausting part is easy to understand.  The exhilarating part is seeing the names of members set before us from the phone volunteers and staff who process the information.  

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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. 

Happy New Year!

Dec 29, 2013
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Dec. 29, 2013

This is from the Manager’s Desk.

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. 

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Nov. 10, 2013 / UPDATED Nov. 15

This is from the Manager’s Desk.

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.

Laura Knoll

 October 6, 2013

This is from the Manager’s Desk.

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.

2010 NPR, by Doby Photography

This is from the Manager’s Desk.   

This week I have an invitation for you. 

NPR’s foreign correspondent, Kelly McEvers, just returned from her 3-year assignment covering the Middle East and she will visit KGOU.

Kelly created an audio documentary, Diary of a Bad Year, and as a preview of her visit, you can hear the documentary Sept. 29 at noon.

KGOU will host a public forum Oct. 2 at 7:30 p.m. at the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History in Norman.

Support Public Radio

Sep 16, 2013
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September 15, 2013

This is from the Manager’s Desk.  

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.

Thank you

  May 19, 2013

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.