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Manager's Minute

Reports to the listening public about station operations from KGOU General Manager Dick Pryor.

Dick recently discussed the future of public media. Read or watch the interview here.

Read this article to understand tropospheric ducting -- temperature inversion -- and why the KGOU signal might seem fuzzy every now and then.

Ways to Connect

National Severe Storms Laboratory

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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.

Connect with KGOU

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.

KGOU Radio

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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.

Katie Stokes

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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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2018 is a monumental election year in Oklahoma. All statewide offices, including governor, are on the ballot, along with judicial, legislative and congressional races.

With so many issues facing the state, interest is high – and we’re meeting that demand with an ambitious and innovative plan for election coverage.

KGOU and StateImpact Oklahoma, along with our public radio partners, KOSU, KWGS, and KCCU have launched Oklahoma Engaged: Project Public Office.

Give to KGOU

May 28, 2018
Katie Stokes

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When I’m out and about seeing friends, attending public events and speaking to groups I’m pleased to learn how many people listen to KGOU.

Often, they tell me it’s the only radio station they listen to; some even say they enjoy the Manager’s Minute. That’s always nice to hear.

Listener loyalty means a lot. It says the people we serve, you, appreciate what we do.

Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters

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The spring semester at the University of Oklahoma has ended, so it’s time to say so long to students who’ve worked and taken classes at KGOU this year.

We had four Gaylord College students in Radio News – Ashley Eddy, Jaron Spor, Benji Vasquez and Collin Cook.  We hosted three students in the KGOU Practicum class – Shereen Hasam, Katie Stokes and Nyk Wynes.

Patrick Roberts

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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 during severe weather.

As a member of the Tornado Alley Project, KGOU is now capable of delivering severe storm and emergency alerts through mobile phones, HD radio, online applications and other devices, in addition to our broadcast alerts.

Just the Facts

May 1, 2018
An Evening with Carl Bernstein
Oklahoma Humanities

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Recently, I’ve been able to hear talks by iconic Washington Post reporters Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward, and legendary CBS News anchor Dan Rather while they were in Oklahoma.

I was struck by how each of them avoided speculation and stuck to provable facts in discussing politics and current events. Rather emphasized he is more comfortable with “straight news” than opinion or analysis.

Honor Roll Keeps Growing

Apr 23, 2018
Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters

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We enjoy getting feedback – especially the positive kind – and awards are tangible proof of outstanding work.

Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters awards are hard to come by, but this year KGOU picked up two.

News director Jacob McCleland won first place in General News and host/reporter Storme Jones brought home a first place plaque in the Single Feature category.

Listeners Support KGOU

Apr 15, 2018
Katie Stokes / Gaylord College

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Just a few days ago, we finished the on-air portion of our Spring fundraiser. To all who contributed – THANK YOU.

We appreciate our loyal supporters, who donate through annual one-time gifts and those sustaining members who give to KGOU with ongoing monthly contributions.

In addition to renewals, we’re also pleased to see a large number of new members who stepped up and gave to KGOU for the very first time.

We appreciate your vote of confidence.

KGOU Radio

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Over the last several weeks I’ve been telling you about KGOU programs, services and operations and how important it is for listeners like you to support us and public service journalism.

Well, now is the time for you to give.

More than ever, private financial support from individuals and businesses is essential to KGOU’s continued success and growth.

The largest portion of KGOU’s funding comes from listeners.

Become part of our winning team.

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