Manager's Minute

Reports to the listening public about station operations from KGOU General Manager Dick Pryor.

Dick recently discussed the future of public media. Read or watch the interview here.

Read this article to understand tropospheric ducting -- temperature inversion -- and why the KGOU signal might seem fuzzy every now and then.

Ways to Connect

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KGOU’s popular How Curious podcast returned this week for a new season of interesting stories about our state, its history and culture. Claire Donnelly produces How Curious and you can catch the new segments over the next several weeks, and on demand on Apple Podcast and Spotify.

The media world is constantly changing, and How Curious is another way KGOU is evolving to better serve our audience – YOU.

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In 2018, KGOU and our public radio partners covered Oklahoma politics through Oklahoma Engaged, funded by the Ethics & Excellence in Journalism Foundation and the Kirkpatrick Foundation.

The elections are over, but our voter-focused coverage is not.

Oklahoma Engaged continues during this legislative session.

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I’m Dick Pryor, and this is the Manager’s Minute.

I’ve spent most of my broadcasting career in television – 34 years in front of a camera as news and sports anchor, reporter and host.

I love television, but now that I’m at KGOU, I’m loving radio, the work we do and the opportunities we have to serve the public. And, the future is encouraging.

New research from Deloitte Insights predicts that by 2025, just six years from now, more Americans aged 18-34 will be listening to radio than watching TV.

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A new semester means new students at KGOU. This semester, we have five students with us from the University of Oklahoma Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication.

Lauren Owen and Gabriel Castillo are taking the Practicum course.  Lauren will be working primarily in news; Gabriel will be doing audio production. In his Independent Study program, Ricky Tippett will be learning radio from both the editorial and management sides of KGOU.

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The work is complete on KGOU’s annual audit. KGOU business manager Cindy Cottrell and our auditors worked together since late November to make sure the audit is accurate and clean.

The audit is required by the University of Oklahoma and is necessary for KGOU to keep receiving critical funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. The audit is one of the CPB requirements that we must comply with each year. Others include preparing a Station Activity Survey, complying with CPB underwriting rules and completing anti-harassment training.

The First Amendment

Jan 6, 2019

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The start of the New Year is a good time to remember the basis for our work as journalists: The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

It was ratified on December 15th, 1791 – just over 227 years ago.

In only 45 words, the First Amendment establishes freedom of religion, speech and the press, the right to assemble and the right to petition the government.

In essence, it means the press has a right to publish with limited restrictions imposed by law, without government censorship.

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This is the Manager’s Minute. Happy New Year, everyone!

This week marks KGOU’s 36th anniversary as a public radio station. KGOU first signed on at 106.3 FM in 1970 as a commercial station, with three professionals in management and a large staff of mostly unpaid University of Oklahoma students presenting news, sports and variety of musical programs. The OU Board of Regents decided to make KGOU a non-commercial public radio station to better serve our audience, and made the change on January 1, 1983. KGOU has come a long way since then.

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As we near the end of the year, we want to thank everyone who listened to KGOU in 2018.

Before you finish your holiday parties, put away the decorations and make your new year’s resolutions, we hope you’ll consider making a donation to KGOU.

For a lot of people, including those over 70 who must make a required minimum distribution from their Individual Retirement Accounts each year, December 31st is the deadline to make a tax deductible gift for 2018.

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For more than 20 years, KGOU has provided students the opportunity to gain practical educational experience in a real world, professional setting.

As the semester ends at the University of Oklahoma, we have to say so long to students who have trained here at KGOU for the past few months.

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Last month, we celebrated the 51st anniversary of the signing of the Public Broadcasting Act of 1967, that created the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) and led to the formation of National Public Radio (NPR) in 1970.

As he signed the Act into law, President Lyndon Johnson said Americans have an appetite for excellence – that what we want most of all is to enrich man’s spirit.

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This time of year we give thanks for our families, friends and people who have helped us along the way.

And so it is at KGOU.

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Now that the Oklahoma elections are over, let’s recap what we’ve done so far in the collaborative journalism project, Oklahoma Engaged. With funding from the Ethics & Excellence in Journalism Foundation and the Kirkpatrick Foundation:

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Elections have consequences, and on November 6th, voters across the nation have the opportunity to make their voices heard. Voting is a cherished right, and it’s important for everyone to be informed when they make their ballot decisions.

That’s why we’ve devoted several months to in-depth reporting on issues affecting Oklahomans through our collaborative journalism project, Oklahoma Engaged.

New KGOU Host for ATC

Oct 15, 2018
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I have a couple of items for you this week.

First, thanks to everyone who contributed during our Fall fundraiser. More than one-thousand of our listeners invested in KGOU by becoming a member or renewing their membership.

Right now we are at 97% of our goal.

KGOU has well over 80,000 weekly listeners, so if you’re one of them, but haven’t donated, there’s still time, and still the need to step up and show your support.

Just go to and click on the red donate tab.

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The Fall semester is underway at the University of Oklahoma, and that means new students at KGOU.

We have three Practicum students from the Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication learning first-hand how KGOU operates. You may have already heard each of them on the air.

Benji Vasquez, Nick Daniels and Matthew Viriyapah have been producing community events calendars, doing audio production, assisting with programming administrative duties and preparing news stories for KGOU.

National Severe Storms Laboratory

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Late summer/early fall is Oklahoma’s secondary severe storm season, when violent weather can occur, as it does in the spring. This year, we have a new way to notify our listeners in the event of severe weather.

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.

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Labor Day is considered the unofficial launch of the Fall election season, and our Oklahoma Engaged political reporting is now moving full speed toward November.

With funding from the Ethics & Excellence in Journalism Foundation and the Kirkpatrick Foundation, KGOU, StateImpact Oklahoma and our public radio partners created Oklahoma Engaged to serve as a campaign for the people.

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KGOU is continuing to grow.

In the last nine months we’ve added a new station in Clinton, and along with our public radio partners we’ve expanded our StateImpact Oklahoma reporting team and election coverage through Oklahoma Engaged.

Now, we are looking to increase our fundraising capacity, too, by adding another underwriting sales specialist.

Business sponsorships provide a large part of KGOU’s funding, about a third of our operating dollars.

But, there are opportunities for more.

Connect with KGOU

Aug 12, 2018

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There are several ways you can learn more about KGOU. Of course, listening is one way, on the air and through smart phone apps, along with going to our website, KGOU.ORG, for streaming audio, news and information about our operations and programs.

You can also connect with us on social media. We’re on Facebook and Instagram, and on Twitter, we are @kgounews. Links to our social media pages are on the KGOU.ORG home page.

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Changes are coming to the NPR Morning Edition broadcast clock, beginning Monday, August 13th.

Instead of a newscast at the top of the hour and short news segments at 19 and 42 minutes after the hour, NPR newscasts will now be heard on the hour and half-hour. Segments immediately following the newscasts will be slightly longer, to allow more time to cover the most important stories of the day.