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KGOU's 50th Anniversary

Celebrating 50 years

KGOU is in its 50th year of service, broadcasting first to the campus of the University of Oklahoma, then to the city of Norman, Okla., expanding to Oklahoma City and surrounding area, and finally to northwestern, western, and east-central Oklahoma population centers. What began as a little Class A campus radio station has come a long way in 50 years.

Remember when?

KGOU was licensed to the University of Oklahoma and began broadcasting on September 21, 1970, at 106.3 FM from studios located on the third floor of Kaufman Hall.

In the early years, KGOU was operated as a commercial station with some professional, but mostly student, staff. The format was primarily rock 'n' roll and album-oriented rock, but also included news, weather and sports.

By the early 1980s, public radio’s popularity was spreading nationwide. The university traded its commercial license for a non-commercial one, and KGOU began broadcasting as a public radio station on January 1, 1983.

Read more about KGOU's history

If you've been part of the journey, as a listener, a staff member or a student, join in the celebration by letting your voice be heard. Introduce yourself and leave a short message (max. 90 seconds) sharing your memories and well wishes.

If you have photos of KGOU or station events, share them on social media using the hashtag #KGOU50, or email them to Jolly Brown at development@kgou.org.

Sign our virtual greeting card!

Celebrating the past, looking toward the future

KGOU now serves more than one million residents in parts of 32 counties of Oklahoma through its broadcast signals, plus a worldwide audience through internet connectivity.

Thousands upon thousands of listeners and donors have made KGOU's growth possible. Thank you for 50 years. We look forward to serving you for many more.

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