Behind the scenes at KGOU

Happy Holidays From KGOU

Dec 18, 2019
KGOU - Dick Pryor

This is the Manager’s Minute.

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.

Tens of thousands of people listen regularly to KGOU, but still, it can feel like a solitary existence sometimes.

In radio, the listening experience becomes real through the voices we hear -- voices of the reporters and hosts who illuminate the events of the day, the voices of those interviewed who are living the story that we're hearing about, or voices raised in song. To borrow from the philosopher Descartes, we hear them, therefore, they are.


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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.

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.

KGOU/J.D. Reeves

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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.

Doug Simpson and Jolly Brown

Having KGOU as part of his daily news consumption is important to listener Doug Simpson who visited our Norman studios recently.

Q: Please tell us about yourself.

Doug Simpson: I'm originally from Dayton, Ohio, but I grew up in Illinois as well. I've been here in Oklahoma for about a total of 13 years -- almost 10 years this time. I live in Moore. I'm retired from the Air Force and now work for the Oklahoma Blood Institute.

Claire Donnelly with listener John Sumida
Jolly Brown / KGOU

An Oklahoma transplant from Hawaii, KGOU listener John Sumida likes the different viewpoints and perspectives he gets from public radio.

Q: Please tell us about yourself.

John Sumida: My name is John Sumida and I live in Norman. I grew up in Hawaii. I've lived in Honolulu, Seattle, San Diego and now Norman, and every time I move to a new location that's one of the first things that I do is find the local public radio stations and program them into my radio.

Listener Miranda Conway with Richard Bassett in the KGOU Control Room.
Jolly Brown / KGOU

KGOU listener Miranda Conway was in our Norman studios recently, talking about when and where she listens.

Q: Please tell us about yourself.

Miranda Conway: I’m from Northern California. Growing up in California gave me a love of nature, diversity of culture, and an appreciation for various cuisines. I work at Tinker AFB as a military officer.

Oklahoma Watch

Oklahoma district attorneys have more than $56 million in uncollected fees on their books and are being advised they should hire collection agencies to go after offenders to recover more of the debt.

A photo from the Daily Oklahoman in December 1964 shows a tower atop Byron's liquor store.
Dave Heaton, Oklahoma Publishing Company Photography Collection / Oklahoma Historical Society

Byron’s Liquor Warehouse in Oklahoma City has been around since the state legalized alcohol in 1959. Listener Adam Hicks heard the store had a machine gun turret on its roof in its early days. Hicks asked How Curious: Is this true? And if so, why did the business need a gun?

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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.

Listeners Support KGOU

Apr 15, 2018
Katie Stokes / Gaylord College

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Just a few days ago, we finished the on-air portion of our Spring fundraiser. To all who contributed – THANK YOU.

We appreciate our loyal supporters, who donate through annual one-time gifts and those sustaining members who give to KGOU with ongoing monthly contributions.

In addition to renewals, we’re also pleased to see a large number of new members who stepped up and gave to KGOU for the very first time.

We appreciate your vote of confidence.

KGOU Radio

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Over the last several weeks I’ve been telling you about KGOU programs, services and operations and how important it is for listeners like you to support us and public service journalism.

Well, now is the time for you to give.

More than ever, private financial support from individuals and businesses is essential to KGOU’s continued success and growth.

The largest portion of KGOU’s funding comes from listeners.

Become part of our winning team.

Sue Ogrocki / AP

2017 was a whirlwind year for news all over the world, and Oklahoma was no exception.  Between two special legislative sessions, politicians accused and convicted of sexual misconduct, and investigations into rehab work camps, KGOU and our news partners rarely got a break.  Here's a look back at our top local stories of the year, featuring contributions from the Journal Record, Oklahoma Watch, StateImpact Oklahoma and Reveal and KGOU.

Laura Knoll, KGOU

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KGOU recently held our first, year-end fund drive, and in one day, we raised over $11,000, which has been generously matched by several anonymous donors, to total more than $22,000.

Thanks to all of you who contributed. We did an extra fundraiser because state funding was further reduced this year.

But, for us to serve you with programs that inform and inspire, the kind of programs you expect from KGOU, we cannot go backward.

We are moving forward, always seeking ways to be better.

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This week marks the 50th anniversary of the Public Broadcasting Act that paved the way for NPR and PBS, and public radio and television as we know them today.

The Act created the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, through which Congress provides essential funding for public media stations.

Those funds are crucial to the public-private partnership that ensures stations like KGOU can deliver meaningful programming to all Americans.

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KGOU’s fall fundraiser begins on Friday, September 29th, and the on-air part of the pledge drive runs through October 6th.

Private financial support is always important to our continued operations and growth in service.

But, because of continuing state budget cuts, generous support from our members is especially critical now. 

So, your gift really matters.

It helps us pay for programs, equipment and the people who deliver reliable news that empowers informed citizenship.

Happy New Fiscal Year!

Jun 29, 2017
KGOU Radio

This is the Manager’s Minute.

Summer is beginning, as KGOU’s fiscal year is ending.

KGOU operates on a July first through June thirtieth fiscal year.

This has been a year of transition and growth for the station, even as state funding has continued to shrink.

As part of higher education, KGOU’s annual appropriation has dropped almost 50-thousand dollars in the past couple of years, and more state cuts are possible.

New Fiscal Year Begins

Jun 21, 2017

This is the Manager’s Minute.

Summer is beginning, as KGOU’s fiscal year is ending.

KGOU operates on a July first through June thirtieth fiscal year.

This has been a year of transition and growth for the station, even as state funding has continued to shrink.

As part of higher education, KGOU’s annual appropriation has dropped almost 50-thousand dollars in the past couple of years, and more state cuts are possible.

Diversity Matters

Jun 17, 2017

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In today’s interconnected world, diversity and inclusion are becoming increasingly essential to every healthy organization.

Understanding racial, ethnic, gender and religious issues is an important skill for everyone in the workplace, especially those in management and leadership positions.

Recently, I attended the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity, commonly called NCORE, sponsored by the University of Oklahoma Outreach.