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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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Legislators returned to work at the state Capitol with new policies and procedures to protect members and staff from the COVID-19 virus. News of a current budget year revenue failure dominated the regular and special session, while a disagreement with Governor Stitt delayed the approval process. KGOU's Dick Pryor and eCapitol's Shawn Ashley discussed the eventful week under the dome. 


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The COVID-19 pandemic has changed our lives and work in many ways. At KGOU, that includes the way we interact with staff and students.  

This is the Manager’s Minute. The COVID-19 Pandemic has all of adapting to a new reality.

At KGOU, we’re working remotely and have a staggered work schedule so that any employee who has to be in the station to keep us operating does so when no one else is there. All students and student employees are tele-commuting, too.

We’ve set up a coronavirus resource page at www.kgou.org. If your community or organization is gathering and distributing food, medical supplies or other emergency items share that information in our online community events calendar.

As the State of Oklahoma works to contain the COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Kevin Stitt calls lawmakers back to the Capitol for a special session to consider emergency procedures and the state's budget problems. KGOU's Dick Pryor and eCapitol's Shawn Ashley discuss the extraordinary measures facing state leaders.


Governor Kevin Stitt has again amended the list of businesses in Oklahoma that are considered essential during the COVID-19 pandemic. Meanwhile, state agencies and the legislature are continuing to work outside their offices and practicing social distancing. KGOU's Dick Pryor and eCapitol's Shawn Ashley discuss the recent developments at the state Capitol.


As the first person at the State Capitol tests positive for COVID-19, state officials and agencies change their workflow to keep government open. KGOU's Dick Pryor and eCapitol's Shawn Ashley discuss a momentous week at the Capitol.


As the 2020 session heads toward a Spring Break-shortened week, concerns are rising about the COVID-19 outbreak. Governor Kevin Stitt announced the state of Oklahoma's initial approach and House and Senate leaders are considering contingency plans. eCapitol news director Shawn Ashley discusses this rapidly-moving story with KGOU's Dick Pryor.


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The novel coronavirus outbreak is quickly forcing changes in our day-to-day lives. Media organizations have an obligation to provide necessary news and information, while not becoming sensational.

So, in following this public health emergency, we’re trying to strike a balance, with calm, factual coverage that properly informs while not unduly promoting fear and panic.  

Celebrating "My Place"

Mar 8, 2020
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KGOU’s reaches more than one million Oklahomans in 36 counties.

We broadcast from eight cities – Oklahoma City, Norman, Ada, Seminole, Shawnee, Chickasha, Clinton and Woodward. To recognize the communities KGOU serves, we’ve started a new project called “My Place.”

And, we need your help.

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Lawmakers have advanced a bill that would reduce the taxes on vehicle sales, which would be a win for consumers, but would mean less money in the state treasury in a time when gross receipts are dropping. Dick Pryor and eCapitol News Director Shawn Ashley talk about the week at the state Capitol.

NPR's 50th Anniversary

Feb 29, 2020

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February 26th marked the 50-year anniversary of the incorporation of National Public Radio, now known as NPR.

Three years before, the 1967 Public Broadcasting Act had created the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which established NPR.

In 1970 the idea of non-commercial, educational radio programming was a novel concept, but it soon caught on. A new national radio news program, All Things Considered, debuted in 1971; Morning Edition premiered 8 years later.


In the first month of the legislative session, lawmakers have cut the number of bills under consideration in half. Dick Pryor and eCapitol news director Shawn Ashley discuss the action at the first bill passage deadline in Capitol Insider.


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2020 is an election year, so you can expect us to deliver meaningful citizen-centered public service reporting on the races and attitudes of Oklahoma voters through Oklahoma Engaged.

Also this year, KGOU plans to focus on community engagement reporting that involves people in diverse communities and acts on suggestions from our network of listeners.

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Lawmakers now know how much money they can appropriate in the 2021 Fiscal Year budget. KGOU's Dick Pryor and eCapitol's Shawn Ashley discuss that story and more in Capitol Insider.

Fred T. Korematsu Institute

On Feb. 19, 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066. It had been just ten weeks since the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor thrust the United States into World War II. The order required Japanese-Americans to report to detention camps in the U.S., on short notice and with few possessions, and it was justified for national security. A young Japanese-American named Fred Korematsu refused to go and was convicted of violating the order.


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Recently, we had to say so long to StateImpact Oklahoma health reporter Jackie Fortier. She left after a little over two years at StateImpact to take a job at the NPR station in Pasadena, California.

During her time with us, Jackie achieved national recognition for covering the opioid trial in Cleveland County.

It’s a testament to Jackie, and the quality of reporting at StateImpact, that she went directly from here to the number two media market in the U.S.

After a five-year hiatus, Oklahoma is preparing to resume executions using a lethal drug cocktail. KGOU's Dick Pryor and eCapitol's Shawn Ashley discuss that story, a school gun bill and more from the State Capitol.

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The weather-shortened first week of the 2020 Legislative Session is over. KGOU's Dick Pryor and eCapitol's Shawn Ashley discuss state agency changes that were front and center in Governor Stitt's State of the State address.

Feb. 3, 2020
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As the 2020 Oklahoma Legislative Session begins, Governor Kevin Stitt delivers his State of the State Address and releases his Executive Budget. KGOU News presents the full speech and KGOU's Dick Pryor and eCapitol's Shawn Ashley discuss the major themes and expectations for the 2020 session.

The Journalist's Job

Feb 2, 2020

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News reporting is messy. Getting facts right, connecting dots and writing an interesting, accurate story on a strict deadline is not easy.

But, the work journalists do is essential to a functioning democracy. We’re obligated to ask tough questions, push for answers and hold public officials and powerful institutions accountable.

Whoever is in power at the time doesn’t often like it when we ask them questions they don’t want to answer, about topics they’d rather not discuss, or expose them for hiding the truth.