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KGOU Celebrates Fifty Years Of Public Service

Celebrating 50 years

This is the Manager’s Minute.

This is KGOU Radio’s fiftieth year. The station’s first day of broadcasting was September 21, 1971. KGOU had one small transmitter then, located on top of OU’s Walker Tower.

KGOU was a commercial station, with a small staff of professionals and a large staff of volunteer students. The format was album-oriented rock, news, weather and sports.

A lot of careers were launched because of the opportunity KGOU provided to students, including mine.

In 1983, KGOU became a non-commercial public radio station and member of NPR. We now have five full power stations and four translators in eight cities serving about 85,000 listeners each week.

Thanks for listening to and supporting KGOU – Your NPR Source, as we head into our next half-century.

With the Manager’s Minute, I’m Dick Pryor.

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Dick Pryor has more than 25 years of experience in public service media, having previously served as deputy director, managing editor, news manager, news anchor and host for OETA, Oklahoma’s statewide public TV network. He was named general manager of KGOU Radio in November, 2016.
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