April 4, 2019
  • Reporting on Israeli election
  • Awards for KGOU
  • April Fools!
  • Giveaways
An election campaign billboard in Tel Aviv shows Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with his close ally President Trump. (AP Photo)
NPR News Series: Netanyahu's Decade
As Israel holds its election next Tuesday, April 9, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu faces potential corruption charges in the coming months. If he wins as expected, he would become Israel's longest-serving prime minister -- taking the title from David Ben-Gurion.

NPR correspondent Daniel Estrin begins a series today looking at how Israel has shifted further right under Netanyahu's leadership -- challenging long-held attitudes toward the Palestinians, foreign alliances and democracy. Listen for his report on All Things Considered this afternoon, with more reporting over the weekend and leading up to the election on Tuesday.

hallway displaying awards
We're rearranging our "hall of fame" to make room for the latest crop of awards won by KGOU staff and students.
Journalism Awards for Staff and Students
KGOU has been named Outstanding News Organization -- for the 10th time in 11 years -- as the Arkansas-Oklahoma Associated Press Broadcasters recently announced awards for the 2018 calendar year. Congratulations to KGOU's Claire Donnelly and Caroline Halter, both winners. See all the stories and reporters who won here:

Tiny Desk Contest Entries Due
With two weeks until the deadline, NPR Music's 2019 Tiny Desk Contest has already had some interesting entries. Watch some of the staff favorites, and get your own submission ready before April 14. Here's a few of the strongest entries you can judge for yourself:

ICYMI: Greenspan Takes Broadway by Storm (April Fools!)
Longtime listeners might remember the days when cries of "fake news" only meant NPR's annual April Fools Day story. On Monday, April 1, NPR profiled the newest Broadway hit, Greenspan , the story of former chairman of the Federal Reserve, Alan Greenspan, whose lifetime of works rivals another of Broadway's great subjects, Alexander Hamilton.

Inspired by Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hit show, composer-director Christylez Bacon points out the parallels between Greenspan and Hamilton. Both influenced the American economy, lived in Manhattan, attended Columbia University… o kay, okay, just kidding. But it was great fun, and Mr. Greenspan was a very good sport -- and willing accomplice.

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Sneak Peek: KGOU's New Logo
Psssst: Just for you, our newsletter subscribers, here's an advance look at our new visual logo. It's a fresh take on our brand of public radio, and it was designed by a KGOU listener!

We've been contemplating a logo refresh for awhile, and a few months ago J.D. Reeves, a graphic designer in Oklahoma City, posted his ideas for a new KGOU logo on social media. We loved his designs and contacted him about making them official. Watch for variations of this logo on our website and social media sites coming soon.
Ticket Giveaways
Canterbury Voices - Carmina Burana at the Civic Center
Canterbury Voices perform Carmina Burana , based on 13th century manuscripts and set to music by Carl Orff. Canterbury’s ensemble of singers accompanied by a large orchestra will make for a memorable evening April 13 at the Civic Center . Enter our drawing for a chance to win a pair of tickets.

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'Stray Cat' Lee Rocker at OCCC
Lee Rocker made his mark singing, playing, standing on, spinning and rocking his giant upright bass in the legendary music group, The Stray Cats. On Thursday, April 11 he brings his dynamic solo show to Oklahoma City Community College and we'll draw names for pairs of tickets.

Congratulations to Our Winners
In our last issue we gave away pairs of tickets to the Havana Cuba All-Stars at the Tower Theatre to winners Louis and Beth. And Dan won tickets to Canadian Brass performing at Armstrong Auditorium. Congratulations!
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