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KGOU Introduces New Weather Alert Service

Patrick Roberts
KGOU Tornado Warning Alert

This is the Manager’s Minute.

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.

According to NPR, during our technical testing phase we became the first public radio station in the country to deliver a live, actual tornado alert using the Tornado Alley Project digital technology. A photo of that alert, from the night of May 2, 2018, is shown above.

We’re also pleased to announce KGOU news director Jacob McCleland is one of three reporters in the nation chosen by New America to receive the Weather Eye Award for local reporting. Over the next year, Jacob will produce four articles examining severe weather issues in Oklahoma.

KGOU’s weather commitment also includes breaking severe storms coverage through a partnership with KOCO-5 television and analysis and perspective from OU Meteorologist in Residence, Gary England.

Until next time, with the Manager’s Minute, I’m Dick Pryor.

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.
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