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The year 2020 has been an extraordinary year, and tragic for far too many, but through it all NPR has been a constant – keeping us informed and binding us together. A reliable and essential companion.

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Well, General Election Day is almost here, and we have an ambitious plan for election night coverage on November third. 

 

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2020 has been a year like no other.

So much has happened, it seems the world is just a blur, each day presents a new challenge and election day is coming soon.

At KGOU, we’re committed to providing the news and information you need to be an informed citizen.

The reality is, we also have to keep fundraising so we can continue to deliver news you trust and entertainment programs that soothe your heart.

Now, we’re moving into our critical fall fundraiser – when we need each of you to do your part.

NPR's 50th Anniversary

Feb 29, 2020
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February 26th marked the 50-year anniversary of the incorporation of National Public Radio, now known as NPR.

Three years before, the 1967 Public Broadcasting Act had created the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which established NPR.

In 1970 the idea of non-commercial, educational radio programming was a novel concept, but it soon caught on. A new national radio news program, All Things Considered, debuted in 1971; Morning Edition premiered 8 years later.

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Recently, we had to say so long to StateImpact Oklahoma health reporter Jackie Fortier. She left after a little over two years at StateImpact to take a job at the NPR station in Pasadena, California.

During her time with us, Jackie achieved national recognition for covering the opioid trial in Cleveland County.

It’s a testament to Jackie, and the quality of reporting at StateImpact, that she went directly from here to the number two media market in the U.S.

The Journalist's Job

Feb 2, 2020

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News reporting is messy. Getting facts right, connecting dots and writing an interesting, accurate story on a strict deadline is not easy.

But, the work journalists do is essential to a functioning democracy. We’re obligated to ask tough questions, push for answers and hold public officials and powerful institutions accountable.

Whoever is in power at the time doesn’t often like it when we ask them questions they don’t want to answer, about topics they’d rather not discuss, or expose them for hiding the truth.

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As we enter a new year and decade, some personnel changes are coming to popular public radio programs you hear on KGOU.

Manoush Zomorodi is the new host of the TED Radio Hour, beginning in the spring. She takes over from Guy Raz, who left at the end of 2019 after seven years as TED Radio Hour host. Zomorodi is an author and also creator of a podcast about life in the digital age.  

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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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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.

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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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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.

Some NPR staff members have been with the NPR family since its beginnings, watching the organization grow and change—and with it, audio storytelling. From Dale Neiburg behind the scenes to Susan Stamberg over the airwaves, each of NPR's longest-serving employees took a moment to speak with us about how radio has changed, why they love the medium, and what first brought them to NPR.

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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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Late summer/early fall is Oklahoma’s secondary severe storm season, when violent weather can occur, as it does in the spring. This year, we have a new way to notify our listeners in the event of severe weather.

KGOU is one of 27 public radio stations nationwide selected for an NPR initiative, funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, to help keep our listeners safe.

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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.

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KGOU can be heard anytime practically anywhere in the world through mobile apps such as TuneIn Radio, Apple Music and NPR One, on Smart Speakers, and through online streaming at www.kgou.org.

Our mobile and online audience is growing, but we still reach most of our listeners over the air.

We have more than 80,000 weekly listeners in the Oklahoma City metro area alone.

Our studio is located at the University of Oklahoma.

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KGOU is one of 27 public radio stations nationwide selected for an NPR initiative, funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, to help keep our listeners safe during severe weather.

As a member of the Tornado Alley Project, KGOU is now capable of delivering severe storm and emergency alerts through mobile phones, HD radio, online applications and other devices, in addition to our broadcast alerts.

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The Sunday before Scott Pruitt’s confirmation hearing to run the Environmental Protection Agency, Pruitt stood on the stage of his hometown church, bowed his head, and prayed.

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As Donald Trump’s EPA Administrator, Scott Pruitt is popular with conservatives for his aggressive rollback of Obama-era environmental regulations. He has also been strongly criticized for alleged ethics violations. But there’s another side of Pruitt that’s less well known.

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President Trump is meeting with his Nigerian counterpart, Muhammadu Buhari, today at the White House. The two leaders are discussing security and economic issues. They're also holding a press conference featuring two questions from American news outlets and two questions from Nigerian media. Watch the event live.

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