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Dick Pryor

KGOU General Manager

Dick Pryor has more than 25 years of experience in public service media, having previously served as deputy director, managing editor, news manager, news anchor and host for OETA, Oklahoma’s statewide public TV network. He was named general manager of KGOU Radio in November, 2016.

A native of Norman, Pryor earned a B.A. in Journalism and a J.D. from the University of Oklahoma.  In 2015, he was chosen a Distinguished Alumnus of the Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Oklahoma, where he has served as an instructor of Mass Communication Law and Radio News. Pryor was inducted into the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame in 2009.

In addition to newsroom and station leadership, Pryor has served as news and sports anchor and reporter, talk show host, play-by-play announcer, public relations director for Oklahoma City’s professional baseball team and chief of staff for the lieutenant governor. He has provided employment law and business coaching to corporate executives, managers and human resource professionals.

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As we near the end of the year, we want to thank everyone who listened to KGOU in 2018.

Before you finish your holiday parties, put away the decorations and make your new year’s resolutions, we hope you’ll consider making a donation to KGOU.

For a lot of people, including those over 70 who must make a required minimum distribution from their Individual Retirement Accounts each year, December 31st is the deadline to make a tax deductible gift for 2018.

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For more than 20 years, KGOU has provided students the opportunity to gain practical educational experience in a real world, professional setting.

As the semester ends at the University of Oklahoma, we have to say so long to students who have trained here at KGOU for the past few months.

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Last month, we celebrated the 51st anniversary of the signing of the Public Broadcasting Act of 1967, that created the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) and led to the formation of National Public Radio (NPR) in 1970.

As he signed the Act into law, President Lyndon Johnson said Americans have an appetite for excellence – that what we want most of all is to enrich man’s spirit.

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This time of year we give thanks for our families, friends and people who have helped us along the way.

And so it is at KGOU.

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Now that the Oklahoma elections are over, let’s recap what we’ve done so far in the collaborative journalism project, Oklahoma Engaged. With funding from the Ethics & Excellence in Journalism Foundation and the Kirkpatrick Foundation:

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Elections have consequences, and on November 6th, voters across the nation have the opportunity to make their voices heard. Voting is a cherished right, and it’s important for everyone to be informed when they make their ballot decisions.

That’s why we’ve devoted several months to in-depth reporting on issues affecting Oklahomans through our collaborative journalism project, Oklahoma Engaged.

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I have a couple of items for you this week.

First, thanks to everyone who contributed during our Fall fundraiser. More than one-thousand of our listeners invested in KGOU by becoming a member or renewing their membership.

Right now we are at 97% of our goal.

KGOU has well over 80,000 weekly listeners, so if you’re one of them, but haven’t donated, there’s still time, and still the need to step up and show your support.

Just go to kgou.org and click on the red donate tab.

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The Fall semester is underway at the University of Oklahoma, and that means new students at KGOU.

We have three Practicum students from the Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication learning first-hand how KGOU operates. You may have already heard each of them on the air.

Benji Vasquez, Nick Daniels and Matthew Viriyapah have been producing community events calendars, doing audio production, assisting with programming administrative duties and preparing news stories for KGOU.

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Late summer/early fall is Oklahoma’s secondary severe storm season, when violent weather can occur, as it does in the spring. This year, we have a new way to notify our listeners in the event of severe weather.

KGOU is one of 27 public radio stations nationwide selected for an NPR initiative, funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, to help keep our listeners safe.

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Labor Day is considered the unofficial launch of the Fall election season, and our Oklahoma Engaged political reporting is now moving full speed toward November.

With funding from the Ethics & Excellence in Journalism Foundation and the Kirkpatrick Foundation, KGOU, StateImpact Oklahoma and our public radio partners created Oklahoma Engaged to serve as a campaign for the people.

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KGOU is continuing to grow.

In the last nine months we’ve added a new station in Clinton, and along with our public radio partners we’ve expanded our StateImpact Oklahoma reporting team and election coverage through Oklahoma Engaged.

Now, we are looking to increase our fundraising capacity, too, by adding another underwriting sales specialist.

Business sponsorships provide a large part of KGOU’s funding, about a third of our operating dollars.

But, there are opportunities for more.

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Aug 12, 2018

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There are several ways you can learn more about KGOU. Of course, listening is one way, on the air and through smart phone apps, along with going to our website, KGOU.ORG, for streaming audio, news and information about our operations and programs.

You can also connect with us on social media. We’re on Facebook and Instagram, and on Twitter, we are @kgounews. Links to our social media pages are on the KGOU.ORG home page.

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Changes are coming to the NPR Morning Edition broadcast clock, beginning Monday, August 13th.

Instead of a newscast at the top of the hour and short news segments at 19 and 42 minutes after the hour, NPR newscasts will now be heard on the hour and half-hour. Segments immediately following the newscasts will be slightly longer, to allow more time to cover the most important stories of the day.

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KGOU can be heard anytime practically anywhere in the world through mobile apps such as TuneIn Radio, Apple Music and NPR One, on Smart Speakers, and through online streaming at www.kgou.org.

Our mobile and online audience is growing, but we still reach most of our listeners over the air.

We have more than 80,000 weekly listeners in the Oklahoma City metro area alone.

Our studio is located at the University of Oklahoma.

Connecting Communities

Jul 22, 2018

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KGOU is licensed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to serve the public interest.

We take that obligation seriously, and believe the news, discussion and information we provide helps people in every city we serve be better citizens.

We connect people from different places and provide a platform for ideas and shared experiences.

KGOU helps build community with local news coverage and also through our Community Events Calendar.

It’s a place where Oklahomans here and around the world can stay connected.

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We have two new voices on the air this summer at KGOU.

Mia Mamone is doing general assignment reporting as an intern from the Medill College of Journalism at Northwestern University in Chicago. Mia is from Noble, and will intern at KGOU until mid-August.

Our newest student employee is Brandon King. Brandon earned two associates degrees at Oklahoma City Community College and is now a journalism major at OU’s Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication. He will be doing reporting and hosting.

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Every spring, summer, and early fall, generally in the mornings, listeners may occasionally experience a fuzzy or noisy signal. Our transmitters and your radio are fine – this disruption is caused by tropospheric ducting, also called temperature inversion.

When the air gets warmer in higher altitudes and cooler in lower altitudes, this atmospheric condition permits interference with local stations by distant stations on the same frequency.  The fuzzy signal generally will clear up by noon.

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KGOU has just ended one fiscal year, and begun another.

This has been an eventful year – we’ve added a new transmitter in Clinton, expanded our StateImpact Oklahoma team and dramatically increased our number of weekly listeners.

We’ve launched two new podcasts (How Curious and Capitol Insider) and improved our severe storms and emergency alert system. We've grown our StateImpact Oklahoma reporting and launched the Oklahoma Engaged 2018 election project.

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We're going to need a bigger awards wall.

The annual journalism award season is over, and again this year KGOU was a big winner.

We won the Sweepstakes Award for most honors in the Oklahoma/Arkansas Associated Press competition – for the 9th time in 11 years.

News director Jacob McCleland and reporter Storme Jones each won a first place plaque and Nomin Ujiyediin earned a second place award.

Jacob won for best reporter portfolio (overall top reporter), with Nomin second.

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Tuesday, June 26th is primary election day across the state of Oklahoma.

Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m.

Interest in elections this year is high – with voting on state house and senate, statewide offices, congress, judges and more.

A state question regarding medical marijuana (SQ 788) is on the primary ballot.

This year, KGOU and our public radio partners will cover politics and elections through an innovative initiative – Oklahoma Engaged: Project Public Office.

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