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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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KGOU Salutes Students

May 12, 2019
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With the Spring semester over at the University of Oklahoma it’s time for us to say “so long” to students who’ve been part of our team the last few months.

Practicum students Gabriel Castillo and Lauren Owen did community calendars and audio production, and Independent Study student Ricky Tippett produced KGOU promotional spots.

We're glad to say two other Gaylord College students, Katelyn Howard and Taitum Wilson, will be back with us this summer.

And, we have a special shout-out for former host and reporter Storme Jones.

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Consistency is one of the most important attributes of a successful organization. As broadcasters, we know our listeners expect us to be consistently good and reliable, but also willing to innovate and change.  

This week NPR’s Morning Edition has a new sound.


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It all began with an idea: do election reporting designed to serve the public more than candidates by focusing on issues important to people.

So, we brought together our public radio partners – KGOU, KOSU, KWGS and KCCU – to provide in-depth coverage of the 2018 elections and called it Oklahoma Engaged: Project Public Office.

With major funding from the Ethics & Excellence in Journalism Foundation and the Kirkpatrick Foundation we knew we had the resources to do something special.  We did.

National Severe Storms Laboratory

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Spring means severe weather is likely in Oklahoma, and when weather turns violent KGOU will break into regular programming to let you, our listeners, know what to expect.

Through our partnership with KOCO-5, we’ll provide continuous coverage from the KOCO weather team and Chief Meteorologist Damon Lane when conditions warrant.

In addition to regular weather segments throughout the day, we’ll also deliver weather updates and alerts on social media – Facebook and Twitter – and through text messages.

Photo provided by Melissa Valencia

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Public service is a top priority for KGOU. We’ve recently added an extra time for listeners to hear National Native News. That popular feature now airs twice each weekday – at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

As part of our outreach strategy, we also try to get out into the communities we serve as much as we can. We have an event coming up in Seminole in May, and several days ago I did a presentation on understanding the news media at Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford.

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We’re proud to announce that again this year, KGOU has won the Arkansas-Oklahoma Associated Press Broadcasters Award for Outstanding Radio News Operation.

It’s the top award for radio stations in the two-state area, and KGOU has now won it ten of the last eleven years. Originally the AP Sweepstakes Award, it was renamed the Outstanding Radio News Operation Award last year. 

Also, news director Jacob McCleland won three firsts, host Claire Donnelly scored two wins, and reporter/producer Caroline Halter took a second place award.

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KGOU’s Spring Fundraiser has been a resounding success!

Thank you for donating and supporting this public media service.

One of the benefits of membership is staying up-to-date on KGOU news through our two regular email newsletters.

We give donors a sneak peek at what’s going on behind the scenes at KGOU, provide details about upcoming events and supply updates on top news stories and programs.

And, KGOU donors can monitor and manage their giving through a new online portal, available after hours and on-demand.

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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:

This is the Manager’s Minute.

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.