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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.

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Every spring, generally in the mornings, listeners may occasionally experience a fuzzy or noisy signal. Our transmitters and your radio are fine – this disruption is caused by tropospheric ducting, also called temperature inversion.

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KGOU, StateImpact Oklahoma and our public radio partners are ramping up efforts to report on the 2020 elections through Oklahoma Engaged. 

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A lot has changed in the last few months as we’ve all had to adjust to face unexpected challenges. We’ve seen this time as an opportunity. In addition to featuring extensive reporting on the pandemic and social issues, we’re airing the Summer Breeze concert series live every other weekend, launched a new Friday night music program and ramped up political coverage through StateImpact and our network of public radio reporters

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For many years you’ve been able to listen to blues, jazz and music from around the world on KGOU. Now, there’s a new sound for you to enjoy, an all-new music program produced just for KGOU.

 

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KGOU reaches more than one million people in 36 counties.

And now that more Oklahomans are getting out and about again, we’re looking to you to help recognize communities KGOU serves through our “My Place” photo project.

Here’s all you have to do: Send us a photo that identifies your community. It can be a landmark, a building, or some other image that says “this is my place.” We’re using these photos to put together an online album that connects communities across our listening area.

This is the Manager’s Minute. These are challenging economic times, so we especially appreciate the recent donations KGOU has received to support our work.  

 

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KGOU and StateImpact Oklahoma are known for award-winning journalism, and we’ve just added more plaques to the trophy wall. 

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COVID-19 has separated us from friends and loved ones and changed our daily lives. It doesn’t affect everybody the same way, but this crisis has also pulled people closer together.  

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For many of us, one of the hardest parts of handling life during the pandemic is the isolation. Physical distancing appears to be slowing the spread of the virus, but it means we have to cut back on social interactions in our lives and work, and adapt.

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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.

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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"

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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.

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.

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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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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.

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.

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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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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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