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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

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KGOU has seen a large increase in the size of our audience in the last 18 months. We’re up about thirty percent over that time .

One of the keys to growing listenership is programming.

Much of KGOU’s broadcast and online content is produced by our own team of journalists. Costs of producing and distributing local content amount to more than $480,000 each year.

We also purchase national programs, including favorites such as Morning Edition, All Things Considered and BBC News.

And, those costs keep rising.  

Laura Knoll, KGOU

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We’re pleased to welcome a new member to the KGOU team.

Caroline Halter recently joined us as producer/reporter.

Caroline received her bachelor’s degree in International Relations from the University of Seattle.

She previously worked in public media in Marfa, Texas, and has covered politics and government in Alaska and Washington State.

Funding Update

Mar 7, 2018

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KGOU is licensed to the University of Oklahoma (we are a department of OU Outreach), so when the state of Oklahoma cuts funding to higher education we get less money, too.

KGOU has seen a drop in state funding of more than 22 percent over the last ten years, so your donations are vital to our operations.

Forty percent of our annual revenue – more than $560,000 - comes from membership.

About a third of our funding comes from business support for program underwriting – that’s roughly $450,000 per year.

KGOU Radio

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The popularity of podcasts is surging – one in four Americans listens to a podcast.

KGOU is starting a new podcast called How Curious on March 20th and it’s all about Oklahoma - its history, myths, personalities, legends and more.

In each episode of How Curious, Claire Donnelly will explore questions you have about the state we call home.

How Curious is quirky, fresh and engaging.

Laura Knoll, KGOU

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Broadcast stations have certain reporting obligations as part of their compliance with Federal Communications Commission and Corporation for Public Broadcasting rules.

You can find some of these reports in the Key Information section under the ABOUT tab at KGOU.org.

There, you can access dates, times and locations of OU Board of Regents meetings, ownership reports, recent financial reports, Equal Employment Opportunity reports, and a summary of local content and services.

What makes us different?

Feb 11, 2018

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KGOU listeners know they can trust the news and information we deliver every day, whether it’s produced by NPR, StateImpact Oklahoma or the KGOU news team.

A leading national survey has found NPR is America’s most trusted and most loved news service brand.

What makes us different?

Well, we expect excellence.

We operate under stringent standards of ethics and professionalism.

KGOU subscribes to well-established codes of editorial integrity that guide our work.

KGOU Radio

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KGOU has a rich history of award winning journalism, and reporter/host Storme Jones is carrying on that tradition. Storme is a finalist for six awards in the National Broadcast Society student journalism competition. The national Grand Prize winners will be announced in March. Storme is a junior broadcast journalism major from Yukon.

Several other students from OU’s Gaylord College are also with us this semester.

Four in the Radio News class:

Ashley Eddy is a junior majoring in broadcast journalism.

Association of Women in Communication

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With a new year beginning, KGOU is renewing its commitment to serving you with trustworthy journalism.

Our goal is to deliver relevant, interesting, explanatory stories that tell not just what happened, but explore the why and how.

Along with our partners, we have expanded StateImpact Oklahoma to provide in-depth coverage of energy and environment, health, education, criminal justice and more.

2018 is an election year, so much of our focus will be on politics and policy.

Best Wishes for 2018!

Dec 31, 2017

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Happy New Year, everyone!

2017 was a year of growth for KGOU. We added a new transmitter in Clinton that increases our broadcast footprint to include a large part of western Oklahoma. KGOU is now broadcasting to 32 counties from nine locations around the state.

Ratings for NPR and KGOU are on the rise, and we’ve increased our number of listeners in the last 12 months. KGOU now has more than 90,000 weekly listeners in the Oklahoma City metro area.

Laura Knoll, KGOU

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KGOU recently held our first, year-end fund drive, and in one day, we raised over $11,000, which has been generously matched by several anonymous donors, to total more than $22,000.

Thanks to all of you who contributed. We did an extra fundraiser because state funding was further reduced this year.

But, for us to serve you with programs that inform and inspire, the kind of programs you expect from KGOU, we cannot go backward.

We are moving forward, always seeking ways to be better.

Fall Semester Ends

Dec 10, 2017
Marysville Public Library

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The holidays are upon us, and that means the end of the semester for students at the University of Oklahoma, and KGOU.

We had three Gaylord College students in Radio News – Adam Johnson, Jessica Aranda and Blake Bush. They learned how to produce broadcast stories on deadline and audio production.

Three students – Austin Robinson, Zak Kerbo and Michelle Velasco Alba - learned various aspects of our operation in the Practicum class.

Laura Knoll, KGOU

I’m Dick Pryor, general manager of KGOU Radio, and this is the Manager’s Minute.

We have exciting news to share this week.  

KGOU is now broadcasting from a transmitter near Clinton to listeners across a large part of western Oklahoma.

On December 1, Cameron University transferred the license for the transmitter to the University of Oklahoma and KGOU.

The addition of the Clinton transmitter increases the reach of KGOU’s broadcast signal to 32 counties.

StateImpact Oklahoma

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We hope you’ve noticed a new voice on KGOU over the last couple of weeks. Jackie Fortier joined the StateImpact Oklahoma reporting team in mid-November.

StateImpact is a collaboration between Oklahoma’s public radio stations (KGOU, KOSU, KWGS and KCCU) and for six years now has been delivering in-depth, enterprise reporting on policies affecting everyday Oklahomans.

Senior reporter and editor Joe Wertz focuses on energy and environment stories, Emily Wendler on education, and Jackie Fortier will lead StateImpact’s health reporting.

Giving Thanks

Nov 19, 2017
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This week we head into the holiday season – the season of thanks and giving. The generosity of our listeners fuels the work we do at KGOU and the work of reporters with StateImpact Oklahoma.

Those gifts in support of public service media really make a difference.

November 28th is Giving Tuesday, and we hope you will consider making a gift to KGOU.

You can donate online at KGOU.org.

You may want to become a sustainer, with a regular recurring  contribution.

New Shows, New Times

Nov 10, 2017
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From time to time, circumstances require us to change our programming schedule…and this is one of those times.

To the Point is going podcast-only, so in its 2:00 p.m. time slot we’re adding Fresh Air Monday through Thursday.

Science Friday will continue to air Fridays from 1:00 to 3:00, and Fresh Air will repeat at 7:00 on weeknights.

Current Conversations is going on hiatus, so we’re adding an extra half hour of All Things Considered Monday evenings from 6:30 to 7:00.

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This week marks the 50th anniversary of the Public Broadcasting Act that paved the way for NPR and PBS, and public radio and television as we know them today.

The Act created the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, through which Congress provides essential funding for public media stations.

Those funds are crucial to the public-private partnership that ensures stations like KGOU can deliver meaningful programming to all Americans.

Stream.org

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NPR is gaining popularity across the nation, and one of the reasons is its innovative, distinctive and important reporting.

As an NPR member station, over the next several weeks KGOU will be airing stories in a new NPR project called “You, Me and Them: Experiencing Discrimination in America.”

The stories are informed by a survey that asked people to relate their own experiences with discrimination in areas such as education, employment, public safety and health care.

Shevaun Williams Photography

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You may have noticed the “news media” have been in the news a lot lately. There’s been a bunch of talk about real news, fake news and how people in professional journalism do their work.

It seems to me those of us in the news business need to do a better job communicating what we do and the critical role we play in a functioning democracy.

KGOU Radio

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The on-air portion of KGOU’s fall fundraiser is over, and we’ve almost reached our goal. We’ve received over $190,000 from more than 1,000 donors, including 251 new members across our 22-county listening area.

We’re also up to 557 sustaining members – people who give a regular amount to KGOU each month and automatically renew every  year.

If you’ve already donated – thanks for your support of KGOU and NPR. We're glad you appreciate our trusted news and information and enriching entertainment programming.

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KGOU’s fall fundraiser begins on Friday, September 29th, and the on-air part of the pledge drive runs through October 6th.

Private financial support is always important to our continued operations and growth in service.

But, because of continuing state budget cuts, generous support from our members is especially critical now. 

So, your gift really matters.

It helps us pay for programs, equipment and the people who deliver reliable news that empowers informed citizenship.

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