This is the Manager’s Minute.
August twentieth is National Radio Day, a time for celebrating radio and the public service local stations provide.
The University of Oklahoma was a radio pioneer.
An OU student started radio broadcasts in 1921; the station became WNAD in 1922, and was licensed to OU in 1923.
The University sold WNAD AM and FM in the early 70’s shortly after launching a new commercial station, KGOU, in late 1970.
Then, KGOU featured news, sports and music and was staffed by students, mostly volunteers.
KGOU became a non-commercial NPR member station in 1983 when the OU Board of Regents decided “public radio” was the way to go.
We’re glad they did.
KGOU now reaches more than one million people and NPR is America’s most trusted and most loved news service brand.
Thanks for listening.
Until next time, with the Manager’s Minute, I’m Dick Pryor.