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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.

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 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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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.

New KGOU Host for ATC

Oct 15, 2018
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I have a couple of items for you this week.

First, thanks to everyone who contributed during our Fall fundraiser. More than one-thousand of our listeners invested in KGOU by becoming a member or renewing their membership.

Right now we are at 97% of our goal.

KGOU has well over 80,000 weekly listeners, so if you’re one of them, but haven’t donated, there’s still time, and still the need to step up and show your support.

Just go to kgou.org and click on the red donate tab.

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The Fall semester is underway at the University of Oklahoma, and that means new students at KGOU.

We have three Practicum students from the Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication learning first-hand how KGOU operates. You may have already heard each of them on the air.

Benji Vasquez, Nick Daniels and Matthew Viriyapah have been producing community events calendars, doing audio production, assisting with programming administrative duties and preparing news stories for KGOU.

Connect with KGOU

Aug 12, 2018

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There are several ways you can learn more about KGOU. Of course, listening is one way, on the air and through smart phone apps, along with going to our website, KGOU.ORG, for streaming audio, news and information about our operations and programs.

You can also connect with us on social media. We’re on Facebook and Instagram, and on Twitter, we are @kgounews. Links to our social media pages are on the KGOU.ORG home page.

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We have two new voices on the air this summer at KGOU.

Mia Mamone is doing general assignment reporting as an intern from the Medill College of Journalism at Northwestern University in Chicago. Mia is from Noble, and will intern at KGOU until mid-August.

Our newest student employee is Brandon King. Brandon earned two associates degrees at Oklahoma City Community College and is now a journalism major at OU’s Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication. He will be doing reporting and hosting.

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KGOU has seen a large increase in the size of our audience in the last 18 months. We’re up about thirty percent over that time .

One of the keys to growing listenership is programming.

Much of KGOU’s broadcast and online content is produced by our own team of journalists. Costs of producing and distributing local content amount to more than $480,000 each year.

We also purchase national programs, including favorites such as Morning Edition, All Things Considered and BBC News.

And, those costs keep rising.  

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We’re pleased to welcome a new member to the KGOU team.

Caroline Halter recently joined us as producer/reporter.

Caroline received her bachelor’s degree in International Relations from the University of Seattle.

She previously worked in public media in Marfa, Texas, and has covered politics and government in Alaska and Washington State.

What makes us different?

Feb 11, 2018

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KGOU listeners know they can trust the news and information we deliver every day, whether it’s produced by NPR, StateImpact Oklahoma or the KGOU news team.

A leading national survey has found NPR is America’s most trusted and most loved news service brand.

What makes us different?

Well, we expect excellence.

We operate under stringent standards of ethics and professionalism.

KGOU subscribes to well-established codes of editorial integrity that guide our work.

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KGOU has a rich history of award winning journalism, and reporter/host Storme Jones is carrying on that tradition. Storme is a finalist for six awards in the National Broadcast Society student journalism competition. The national Grand Prize winners will be announced in March. Storme is a junior broadcast journalism major from Yukon.

Several other students from OU’s Gaylord College are also with us this semester.

Four in the Radio News class:

Ashley Eddy is a junior majoring in broadcast journalism.

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With a new year beginning, KGOU is renewing its commitment to serving you with trustworthy journalism.

Our goal is to deliver relevant, interesting, explanatory stories that tell not just what happened, but explore the why and how.

Along with our partners, we have expanded StateImpact Oklahoma to provide in-depth coverage of energy and environment, health, education, criminal justice and more.

2018 is an election year, so much of our focus will be on politics and policy.

Best Wishes for 2018!

Dec 31, 2017

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Happy New Year, everyone!

2017 was a year of growth for KGOU. We added a new transmitter in Clinton that increases our broadcast footprint to include a large part of western Oklahoma. KGOU is now broadcasting to 32 counties from nine locations around the state.

Ratings for NPR and KGOU are on the rise, and we’ve increased our number of listeners in the last 12 months. KGOU now has more than 90,000 weekly listeners in the Oklahoma City metro area.

Giving Thanks

Nov 19, 2017
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This week we head into the holiday season – the season of thanks and giving. The generosity of our listeners fuels the work we do at KGOU and the work of reporters with StateImpact Oklahoma.

Those gifts in support of public service media really make a difference.

November 28th is Giving Tuesday, and we hope you will consider making a gift to KGOU.

You can donate online at KGOU.org.

You may want to become a sustainer, with a regular recurring  contribution.

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I’m Dick Pryor, and this is the Manager’s Minute.

You may have noticed the “news media” have been in the news a lot lately. There’s been a bunch of talk about real news, fake news and how people in professional journalism do their work.

It seems to me those of us in the news business need to do a better job communicating what we do and the critical role we play in a functioning democracy.

KGOU Radio

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The on-air portion of KGOU’s fall fundraiser is over, and we’ve almost reached our goal. We’ve received over $190,000 from more than 1,000 donors, including 251 new members across our 22-county listening area.

We’re also up to 557 sustaining members – people who give a regular amount to KGOU each month and automatically renew every  year.

If you’ve already donated – thanks for your support of KGOU and NPR. We're glad you appreciate our trusted news and information and enriching entertainment programming.

Welcome, Students

Sep 8, 2017
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A new semester has started at the University of Oklahoma, so it’s time to welcome students who will learn the craft, and art, of radio at KGOU.

We have several students from the Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication.

Three students - Jessica Aranda, Blake Bush and Adam Johnson – are in Radio News. They’ll be contributing to our newscasts and Assignment Radio webpage.

We have three Practicum students – Michelle Velasco Alba, Austin Robinson and Zack Kerbo.

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At KGOU, we’re always looking for new ways to deliver meaningful news stories and reliable information.

So, we’ve launched a new feature - our weekly email newsletter, Wavelengths.

KGOU’s Wavelengths newsletter will take you deeper into some of the top global, national and local stories of the week – by providing context, analysis and additional resources.

Wavelengths is designed for discerning News Junkies who want to learn more about their world.

Celebrating Radio

Aug 20, 2017

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August twentieth is National Radio Day, a time for celebrating radio and the public service local stations provide.

The University of Oklahoma was a radio pioneer.

An OU student started radio broadcasts in 1921; the station became WNAD in 1922, and was licensed to OU in 1923.

The University sold WNAD AM and FM in the early 70’s shortly after launching a new commercial station, KGOU, in late 1970.

Then, KGOU featured news, sports and music and was staffed by students, mostly volunteers.

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