December 7, 2017
  • Welcome, westerners!
  • Robert Siegel looks back
  • Curl up with a good book
  • Ticket giveaway


KGOU Now Broadcasting to Western Oklahoma
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Public radio listeners in western Oklahoma are now hearing KGOU on 89.1 FM from a transmitter located in Clinton. On Dec. 1 KGOU and the University of Oklahoma assumed operation of the signal, formerly licensed to Cameron University as part of its public radio service, KCCU. KCCU and KGOU have been working together for more than a year to make the license transfer happen.

This week we've performed some maintenance on the transmitter and other equipment, and 89.1 is now operating at its assigned 40 kilowatt strength. It reaches a large area, from the Wichita Mountains to Woodward, and from near El Reno to the western state line and beyond. We are excited about this new opportunity and welcome listeners in that part of the state to the KGOU community!

KGOU Volunteers Help With First 'Thank-a-thon'
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Two of our group hard at work
KGOU hosted a group of volunteers last weekend to hold our first-ever 'thank-a-thon,' placing calls to donors for the sole purpose of thanking them for their support this year. We had a great time and heard some great comments and suggestions.

We didn't make it all the way through our donor list, however, so if you didn't receive a call, know that we do thank you for your support, and maybe we'll catch you some other time. Thank you, volunteers: Mary, Susan, Haven, Debbie, Craig, Dan, Susan and Allyson. And if you'd like to join our wonderful group of volunteers for future opportunities to help around the station, email us:

All Things Considered Looks Back on Robert Siegel's Career
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Robert Siegel, Linda Wertheimer and Noah Adams hosted ATC in the 1990s.
As previously announced, Robert Siegel will be stepping away from the host's chair for All Things Considered early next year, after 30 years on the show and four decades at NPR.

On Monday, Dec. 18 co-host Audie Cornish will talk with Robert about a recurring theme in his interviews and reporting over the years: his interest in how people talk. Robert will discuss stories he did on intonation, New York accents, and also about how his own voice and speech have changed over the years.

Over the Thanksgiving weekend, Robert talked with co-host Ari Shapiro about his signature reporting on the criminal justice system. If you missed that, it's available in the archives:

NPR Book Concierge Can Recommend A Good Read
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The fifth edition of the interactive NPR Book Concierge has launched just in time for gift-giving season. It features 350 of the year's best books selected by NPR and local station staff. Scroll through the categories to find that perfect selection for yourself or someone on your gift list.

Your Car Donation Questions Answered
rusty old car
Could your rusty wreck be doing something more worthwhile?
This is a time of year we field lots of questions about the tax benefits of donating a car, RV, motorcycle or boat to KGOU. Vehicle donations have brought in more than $30,000 in 2017 to help pay for programs you hear every day -- a significant contribution to KGOU's annual budget! Here's a handy FAQ to help you decide if donating would be a good way for you to dispose of an unwanted vehicle.

Ticket Giveaway ~ Béla Fleck with Brooklyn Rider
Bela Fleck with banjo
Banjo virtuoso Béla Fleck teams up with string quartet Brooklyn Rider for an evening of blending the genres of American roots and classical music. They perform at Armstrong Auditorium in Edmond on Tuesday, Jan. 16, and we're giving away pairs of tickets in a drawing next week.

Congratulations to our winners!
In our last issue, we gave away tickets to OU's production of the opera Hansel and Gretel to winners Carrie and Lyle; we gave tickets to Canterbury Voices' performance of Handel's Messiah to our winner Rick; and we gave tickets to the National Theatre Live satellite cinema production of Amadeus to winners Lester and Heather. Hope you enjoyed yourselves!

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