July 23, 2020
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"Alexa, play news" Sees Huge NPR Audience Growth
Amazon Echo with NPR label
It may come as no surprise that radio listening nationwide is down. When people are working from home or out of work entirely, they no longer have a commute to fill with their favorite radio companions.

But NPR is seeing a positive sign in changing listening habits: explosive audience growth in recent weeks on smart speakers, especially with the new "Play news" command on Alexa. Nationwide, NPR listeners on that platform have grown by over 200 percent.

"Alexa, play news" will prompt a continuous listening experience along the same idea as the NPR One app. You'll get the latest NPR newscast first, followed by local and national in-depth stories about the day's news. If you use an Amazon Alexa-enabled device, try it out, and be sure to select NPR and then KGOU as your local source.

KGOU and StateImpact Win Big in SPJ Annual Contest
KGOU and StateImpact Oklahoma combined to win 14 awards at the Society of Professional Journalists - Oklahoma Pro Chapter's recent video awards presentation. KGOU reporters took First Place honors in four radio and podcasting categories, and StateImpact was tops in three categories. The How Curious podcast was a particular favorite with judges. Congratulations, news team!

Quinton Chandler and Dick Pryor at last year's in-person SPJ awards banquet. Both had winning entries again this year.
Vote Wait, Wait... Into Radio Hall of Fame
The Radio Hall of Fame recently announced this year’s 24 nominees, which include two fixtures of public radio that helped make NPR what it is today. The late Cokie Roberts was nominated in the "Longstanding Network / Syndication (20 years or more)" category which 600 industry pros will vote on. But Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me! was nominated in the "Spoken Word On-Air Personality" category, which is open to listener voting from July 27 until August 9. Peter, Bill and the gang need your vote!

Tune In:
IQ2 Debate: The Global Financial System Was Better Prepared For The Pandemic Than 2008
At the start of 2008, the world witnessed one of the worst financial crises in global history brought on by shaky financial practices. In January 2019, Intelligence Squared U.S. hosted a debate on the motion "Ten Years After the Global Financial Crisis, the System Is Safer." Join host John Donvan and two opposing panelists for a lively, informative debate Sunday, July 26, at 12 p.m. for this week's KGOU Sunday Radio Matinee .

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Summer Breeze: Chanda Graham
Summer is flying by -- just two concerts remain in the Summer Breeze series, KGOU's collaboration with The Depot in Norman. Chanda Graham graces the stage for a physically-distanced broadcast on Aug. 2, featuring her latest single, "Rona Blues," and more. Then on Aug. 16 we come to the end of the season with "Homegrown Vol. II," a gathering of local musicians swapping songs, instruments, and having lots of fun. Tune in these select Sundays at 7 p.m.

Jazz Night Video: Playing Music Over the Internet
Jazz Night In America explores a seemingly simple question: Can musicians in quarantine play music together over an Internet connection? We've migrated birthday parties, happy hours and church services to video calls these days, so couldn't we do the same with band practice? Turns out, it requires some pretty complicated math, as JNIA host Christian McBride explains in this video.

Just for fun...
Let Guy Raz Answer Your Calls
The distinctive voice of public radio's Guy Raz can be your answer to those nuisance phone calls from unfamiliar numbers. Guy shared an audio clip on Twitter this week for anyone tech-savvy enough to download it. Delight your friends and maybe even discourage Mr. "Scam Likely."

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