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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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As Oklahoma lawmakers get ready to return to the Capitol for the start of the 2020 Legislative Session, Governor Kevin Stitt announces a new plan that would change health care delivery in the state. KGOU's Dick Pryor and eCapitol's Shawn Ashley discuss.

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When elected officials and visitors descend on the State Capitol Building for the start of the legislative session on February 3rd, they will see some dramatic changes. Trait Thompson, Capitol Project Manager for the Oklahoma Capitol Restoration Project, told KGOU's Dick Pryor and eCapitol's Shawn Ashley what they can expect.


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When we say KGOU is Your NPR Source it’s more than a slogan.

We’re committed to bringing you news each day from NPR, featuring Morning Edition and All Things Considered, plus special NPR coverage of major events.

We’ll be following the impeachment trial in the U.S. Senate -  monitoring developments every day, and breaking into regular programming when the situation warrants.

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Lawmakers will consider more than 4,000 bills and joint resolutions when they return to the Capitol for the start of the 2020 legislative session. Dick Pryor and eCapitol's Shawn Ashley discuss what lies ahead.

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Money is coming into the state of Oklahoma from tribal gaming in December, but what to do with exclusivity fee payments from January is up in the air. eCapitol news director Shawn Ashley tells Dick Pryor the governor's office is researching the issue.


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As we enter a new year and decade, some personnel changes are coming to popular public radio programs you hear on KGOU.

Manoush Zomorodi is the new host of the TED Radio Hour, beginning in the spring. She takes over from Guy Raz, who left at the end of 2019 after seven years as TED Radio Hour host. Zomorodi is an author and also creator of a podcast about life in the digital age.  

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Tribal gaming continues across the state, even as Governor Kevin Stitt argues the practice became illegal on January 1st. KGOU's Dick Pryor and eCapitol news director Shawn Ashley discuss the latest developments in the ongoing dispute.

Happy New Year 2020!

Dec 29, 2019
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With the new year beginning, we want to introduce you to a new local host who will be welcoming you every weekday during Morning Edition.

He’s Nyk Daniels, a recent graduate of the University of Oklahoma. Nyk started at KGOU as a student in our Practicum class and was a student employee production assistant before joining our professional staff as Morning Edition host in mid-December.

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State revenues are expected to remain steady, with slow growth, for the remainder of this fiscal year. eCapitol's Shawn Ashley tells KGOU's Dick Pryor the state Board of Equalization learned there will be $8.339 billion available to appropriate in Fiscal Year 2021, only $9.4 million more than the current fiscal year. 

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Dec 18, 2019
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As 2019 is nearing an end, we want to take a moment to thank all of you, our listeners and members, for contributing to KGOU’s success this year.

For the tenth time in eleven years, KGOU received the Associated Press Award for outstanding radio news operation in Oklahoma in 2019, and that doesn’t happen without your financial support.

Our recent year-end fundraiser brought in additional dollars that will help KGOU provide the news, information and entertainment programming that you’ve come to expect, in 2020.

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As lawmakers await state revenue figures from the Board of Equalization, state agencies are preparing budget requests, with a little help.

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University of Oklahoma economist Dr. Robert Dauffenbach analyzes Oklahoma's economy and the national and state economic climate for 2020 with KGOU's Dick Pryor and eCapitol's Shawn Ashley.


As the calendar turns to December, legislators are getting serious about drafting bills for the upcoming legislative session. KGOU's Dick Pryor and eCapitol's Shawn Ashley discuss the process and important dates ahead.

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The Thanksgiving Holiday is a reminder of the importance of appreciating our blessings and helping others. In the spirit of generosity and community, KGOU is partnering with the law firm of  Phillips Murrah and the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma to help feed those who don’t have enough to eat. 

Members of the Oklahoma House and Senate have completed hearings on interim studies for the 2020 legislative session. KGOU's Dick Pryor and eCapitol's  Shawn Ashley discuss that and give an update on the revamp of the state's Medicaid delivery system.

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We have staff changes to tell you about involving KGOU and StateImpact Oklahoma.

We recently added Robby Korth to the StateImpact team, as education reporter. Robby grew up in Ardmore and Fayetteville, Arkansas and received his journalism degree from the University of Nebraska. For the last four years he’s covered higher education for The Roanoke Times in Blacksburg, Virginia, home of Virginia Tech University.


As he continues to push for renegotiation of the state of Oklahoma's gaming compacts with tribal nations, Governor Kevin Stitt is asking for public support. At a press conference on Thursday, Stitt asked Oklahomans to stand with him on the issue to get a "good deal" done for Oklahoma. No negotiations have occurred and the governor's office and tribal leaders have not agreed on whether the compacts expire on January 1, 2020, as the governor contends. KGOU's Dick Pryor and eCapitol's Shawn Ashley discuss the latest developments and more.

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Special coverage of local emergencies and breaking national news is one of our priorities at KGOU.

We know our listeners expect us to stay on top of major stories as they happen, with special programs from NPR.

As presidential impeachment proceedings move into the public hearing phase (starting November 13), you can count on us to deliver the news you need, and extended coverage when the situation warrants.  

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Each semester, KGOU offers University of Oklahoma students opportunities to learn about news reporting, station operations and audio production, administration and development, and preparation of community calendar announcements.

KGOU’s professional staff guides these students as they gain hands-on experience in Practicum and Independent Study classes. This semester, we have five students from the Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication at KGOU.


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Donations are still coming in, but we can now give you the early results of KGOU’s Fall fundraiser.

Thanks to nearly 900 of you we raised more than $105,000 during the drive and have brought in $142,000 since the beginning of the new fiscal year that began in July.

I’d like to welcome 152 new givers who have joined us for the first time and thank the more than 700 of you who renewed your support.

Thanks also to more than 800 sustaining members who contribute a regular amount on a monthly or annual basis and renew automatically.