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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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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.

Happy Holidays From KGOU

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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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. 

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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.

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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.


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September is a big month for special programming on KGOU. Our series of documentaries on education will conclude during the Sunday Radio Matinee this weekend. The final installment will be At a Loss for Words: What’s Wrong with How Schools Teach Reading.

A new four-part series on the technologies that watch us begins at noon on September 15th and runs through October 6th on the Sunday Radio Matinee.

Bar graph showing Individual Giving totals for past 5 fiscal years.

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We’re still finalizing the figures, but now can give a preliminary report on our fundraising for the fiscal year that ended in June.  

Donations totaled just over $550,000, a decrease of about one-percent from the previous fiscal year.

Money gifts actually went up about two-and-a-half percent, but vehicle donations dropped.  


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For many months, NPR member stations have been involved in discussions with NPR over programming fees and how we plan to work together to provide local and national services during the next few years.

Last week, I was in Washington, D.C. to participate in a major meeting about the proposed new NPR-Station Compact.

This is a critical time for all of us, as NPR and member stations across the nation develop the principles and strategy to guide our operations and relationship.

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Every spring, summer, and early fall, 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.

When the air gets warmer in higher altitudes and cooler in lower altitudes, this atmospheric condition permits interference with local stations by distant stations on the same frequency.  The fuzzy signal generally will clear up by noon.

News Fatigue

Aug 5, 2019

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Maybe you’re experiencing it: that feeling you’re just worn out by the news and are tired of the constant churn of updates and chatter.

In journalism these days, we call that “news fatigue.” Audience research indicates it’s a real thing. 

We’re hearing from people, loyal listeners, who want us to report on something different, tell positive stories, stories that make them feel better.


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We’re pleased to announce installation is complete on the new KROU transmitter, located on the Spencer/Oklahoma City tower that we lease from our friends at KFOR Television.

We did this thanks to grant funding from the Anne & Henry Zarrow Foundation and gifts to Karen’s Legacy Fund, in honor of former KGOU general manager Karen Holp.

People who listen to KGOU on 105.7 will notice improved audio quality and a more reliable signal.

The old transmitter, which served us since 1992, is now a backup.


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Students are an important part of KGOU’s operation….and they have been for many years.

This summer we’ve had five students hosting segments and producing news stories and on-air announcements.

KGOU has three part-time student employees from OU’s Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication: Taitum Wilson, Kaitlyn Howard and Nyk Daniels.

You can hear them just about every day on KGOU.

Matt Bowling is an OU student taking an independent study class at KGOU this summer, working in news.

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KGOU broadcasts from five full power transmitters and four translators, but we also serve listeners through our “worldwide transmitter”:

On our website, you can find news stories and resources, community events, streaming audio, weather, the program schedule and information about our programs.

You can donate online, and also find staff bios, station history, awards, and job opportunities.

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Public radio stations KGOU, KOSU, KCCU and KWGS have now concluded our collaborative Oklahoma Engaged election reporting project, which received a regional Edward R. Murrow Award for Excellence in Innovation.

Jazz in June, Inc.

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The hippest jazz festival around, an Oklahoma tradition - Jazz in June - is back this week for three days of daytime clinics and evening concerts in Norman.

The 36th annual Jazz in June features Blues Under the Stars on Thursday with headliner Josh Hoyer & Soul Colossal, Jazz Under the Stars on Friday with headliner Jonathan Scales Fourchestra, and the festival concludes with Jazz in the Park on Saturday at Norman’s Andrews Park. Featured performers Saturday night are Frisson, BRD and the genre-bending group, Funky Knuckles.

Help Us Serve You

Jun 11, 2019

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KGOU is on a July through June fiscal year, so now’s the time when we make plans for the year ahead.

That means looking at our programming schedule and deciding how to deliver the news, information, entertainment and discussion programs you count on every day, while mixing in a few new things to keep our schedule fresh and within our budget.

If you have thoughts about KGOU’s programs, and new programming ideas you’d like for us to explore, let us know by emailing


June is Black Music History Month, and each Sunday this month KGOU has special programming to celebrate Black gospel music’s profound influence on early rock and soul music.

This month, KGOU will bring you the special series, Gospel Roots of Rock and Soul, hosted by Grammy award-winning gospel singer Cece Winans. The series includes three one-hour documentary programs and a fourth hour of original music highlighting the power and influence of gospel.

Julie Jones, Gaylord College

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KGOU and StateImpact Oklahoma reporters were big winners when the names were announced in the latest Oklahoma journalism awards competition – the Society of Professional Journalists.

All told, KGOU and StateImpact reporters captured 15 of the 24 radio awards.

StateImpact earned six awards, including firsts won by Quinton Chandler, Jackie Fortier, Emily Wendler and Joe Wertz, for Government and Criminal Justice Reporting, Feature Reporting, Diversity Reporting and Special Program.