January 24, 2019 e-Newsletter
  • Special coverage plans
  • Pop music's origins in gospel
  • Read a book with SciFri
  • Giveaways -- jazz, swing and pop
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State of the State Address Feb. 4
KGOU will bring you coverage of Gov. Kevin Stitt's State of the State Address to the legislature on the first day of the 2019 legislative session on Monday, Feb. 4. The speech usually outlines the governor's plans for spending the state's tax dollars and may offer other clues as to how he will pursue his campaign platform. Our own Capitol insiders Dick Pryor and Shawn Ashley will provide analysis of the governor's speech, which is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. Details of live coverage are in the works -- stay tuned.
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Tell Us, Where Do You KGOU?
What are you up to as you're listening to KGOU during your day (or night)? We'd love to know where you are, what else you're doing as you listen, and how you use the news and information you get from KGOU. No detail is too small. For instance, if you listen in a vehicle, is it a car, a tractor, or an 18-wheeler?

You can tell us in a variety of ways: use your phone to take a video of yourself or record a voice memo describing your listening habits, or send us an email telling your listening story.

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Through extensive reporting and analysis of previously unreleased government data, NPR has found that across the country, wealthy, white Americans are more likely to receive federal aid after a disaster than low-income minorities. NPR plans to launch a three-part series from NPR’s Investigations and Science desks in early February. Stay tuned!
Gospel Roots of Rock and Soul
Sunday Series: Gospel Roots of Rock and Soul
Without gospel music there never would have been an Elvis Presley, a Ray Charles, or a James Brown. From the mid-twentieth century on, gospel music not only thrived within a separate sphere, it also constantly intersected with the secular music industry. Gospel Roots of Rock and Soul , a four-part series from WXPN, h osted by Grammy award-winning gospel singer Cece Winans, explores these connections as a way of reinstituting gospel's central place within the history of American popular music. It's the KGOU Sunday Radio Matinee during February, Sundays at 12 p.m.

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SciFri Book Club Reads
The Fifth Season
Earthquakes, volcanoes, and other tectonic disasters plague the cataclysmic world in The Fifth Season, the first book of N.K. Jemisin’s triple Hugo-winning Broken Earth trilogy, and this winter’s Science Friday Book Club pick. There are lots of ways to join in the discussion, from social media to the airwaves. Host Ira Flatow talks with the author and book club readers on the Feb. 15 show, exploring scientific and social themes around seismology, volcanology, and how societies respond to disaster.

Bill Kurtis and Peter Sagal
Play the Wait, Wait Quiz on Your Smart Speaker
Last week, NPR  launched a new interactive news quiz on smart speakers. It's a weekly fill-in-the blank puzzler, with questions based on recent news presented by Peter Sagal and Bill Kurtis in classic Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me! style. Simply say to your device, “Alexa, open Wait Wait Quiz,” or “Hey Google, talk to the Wait Wait Quiz” and you’ll be on your way.

Ticket Giveaways
OKC Philharmonic Pops:
The Hot Sardines
Travel back to the era of the Great Gatsby when flappers and bootleggers rubbed elbows in the speakeasies! The Hot Sardines make old sounds new again, presented by the Oklahoma City Philharmonic on the Civic Center stage for two nights, Feb. 1 and 2. Enter our drawing for your chance to win a pair of tickets and tell us if you prefer the Friday or Saturday performance:

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Tribute to Benny Goodman
The Julian Bliss Septet brings its exceptional musicianship to Armstrong Auditorium in Edmond on Thursday, Feb. 14, exploring the inspirational music of the legendary swing master Benny Goodman. Enter our drawing for a chance to win a pair of tickets:

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A GENTRI Valentine at OCCC
Three dynamic tenors, all with extensive backgrounds in musical theatre, comprise GENTRI. Their harmonies pioneered a signature sound they call "Cinematic Pop." Win a pair of tickets to their Feb. 14 performance at Oklahoma City Community College , and treat yourself and your valentine:

Congratulations to Our Winners
In our last issue we gave away tickets to Golden Dragon Acrobats performing at OCCC to winners Paul and Miranda. We also gave away tickets to the Russian National Ballet performing Swan Lake at Armstrong Auditorium next Tuesday to winners Greg and Marv. Congratulations!
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