December 21, 2016
  • Good luck, Brian!
  • Tiny Desk contest 2017
  • Special programs for the holidays
  • Ticket giveaway


Farewell to Local Morning News Host Brian Hardzinski
three people seated at table with microphones
Brian (center) records an interview for
World Views

You'll be hearing another voice delivering the local news headlines, weather forecasts and traffic information on weekday mornings -- Brian Hardzinski will be leaving KGOU on Jan. 4 and moving to Boston to join the production staff of WBUR's program On Point.

We wish Brian well in his new endeavor but we will surely miss him; his work has been an integral part of the growth at KGOU for the last decade. Brian has had many different roles at the station, beginning as student producer of Assignment: Radio, joining the full-time staff in 2009 as operations director, and then in 2014 becoming local host of Morning Edition and digital editor. KGOU news director Jacob McCleland will be taking on early morning hosting duties the first week in January.

Brian's portfolio

Introducing 1A, Signing On Jan. 2
Joshua Johnson and Diane Rehm
1A, the new show that will replace The Diane Rehm Show on weekdays from 9 to 11 a.m., launches on Monday, Jan. 2. Joshua Johnson hosts, and he and Diane sat down yesterday for a Facebook Live conversation about the new show and about Diane's plans for the future.

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Diane's last live show is Friday, Dec. 23 -- the final hour will be devoted to listener calls and messages. And 1A has its social media pages ready for following on Facebook and Twitter, a good way to see upcoming topics and share your thoughts.

NPR Music: Tiny Desk Contest Returns in January
NPR Music Tiny Desk Contest
NPR Music is once again asking "unknown" bands and musicians all over the country to film themselves performing one song at a desk of their choice. The contest will be sponsored for the third year by Lagunitas Brewing Company, and the winner will play the famous Tiny Desk at NPR headquarters in Washington, D.C. before embarking on a U.S. tour. Entries will be accepted Jan. 13 - 29 and all the details and rules can be found at the link below.

Tiny Desk Contest 2017

Holiday Programs Begin Tonight
musicians and singers
Pink Martini
The holidays officially begin tonight on KGOU, with Paul Winter's 36th Annual Winter Solstice Celebration, airing at 9 p.m. The next two holiday weekends are filled with special music and storytelling programs, along with the Capitol Steps' New Year's roasting of the newsmakers of 2016. See all the details at the link below.

Holiday programs

Behind the Scenes of NPR Newscasts
woman in front of microphone and computer screen
Korva Coleman delivers a newscast

The names are familiar -- Lakshmi Singh, Korva Coleman, Jack Speer and others -- but do you know what it takes to report the news 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year? NPR Ombudsman Elizabeth Jensen's office took a look at how the newscasts come together. Check out that story and more peeks "behind the curtain" in our blog:

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Ticket Giveaway ~ Wu Man, Shanghai String Quartet
five musicians holding instruments
Wu Man and the Shanghai String Quartet meld the sounds of an ancient Chinese lute-like instrument, the pipa, with the Western string quartet. They perform at Armstrong Auditorium on Thursday, Jan. 12 with a program featuring a new multimedia work by Chinese composer Zhao Jiping as well as some of his most famous scores of Chinese cinema -- Raise the Red Lantern, Farewell My Concubine, To Live -- along with a suite of traditional Chinese folk songs. Enter our drawing for a chance to win a pair of tickets.

Entry form

Congratulations to our winners!
We gave away four copies of Bob Weir's latest release on CD, Blue Mountain, to our lucky winners David, Jo Ann, Vicki and Anna!

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