December 20, 2018
  • Goodbye and good luck
  • Holiday programs
  • Wait, Wait... it's a giveaway


KGOU News Director Departs
Reporter holding microphone and wearing headphones interviews man at fair
Jacob in full reporting gear

This month we bid a fond farewell to KGOU News Director Jacob McCleland, who has accepted a new position. Jacob will be entering the foreign service working for the U.S. State Department, and will be stationed somewhere in the world yet to be determined. He's given KGOU nearly four years, and we've appreciated his time, talent, and award-winning reporting on some interesting stories. Wishing you all the best in your next adventure, Jacob!

Advantages of Year-End Donations to KGOU
At the end of the calendar year, some are thinking about tax advantages of giving to nonprofits and how a contribution can benefit both KGOU and themselves. This includes those over 70 who must make a required minimum distribution from their Individual Retirement Accounts each year. To make a tax-deductible donation for 2018, you can send a check (address below), or use a credit or debit card through our online donation form, on or before Dec. 31.
Holiday Programs Feature Music, Storytelling and Humor
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Pink Martini brings joyful music Christmas Eve

The holiday season is upon us, and KGOU will broadcast some celebratory programs starting with tomorrow night's winter solstice. Paul Winter's annual concert on the longest night of the year kicks off the holiday specials at 10 p.m.

On Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, we share the best holiday music and stories of Christmases past and present. New Year's Eve brings the jazziest musical revelry to ring in 2019 with Toast of the Nation. And the Capitol Steps help us see the humor in the events of 2018 -- and find out what rhymes with Beto O'Rourke -- with their "year-in-revue."

ICYMI: Oklahoma's JD McPherson Rocks Fresh Air
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JD McPherson and band members

Roots and Rockabilly musician JD McPherson and his band played the Fresh Air studio live last week, with some of the songs on their new Christmas album, Socks. He talked with host Terry Gross about growing up on a cattle ranch in Oklahoma, teaching middle school for a short time, and a few other topics.

Happy Holidays From All of Us at KGOU
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Our 'Awkward (Work) Family Photo'
Back row: Jim Johnson, Richard Bassett, Jacob McCleland, Joe Wertz Middle: Laura Knoll, Dick Pryor, Jackie Fortier, Jolly Brown Front: Caroline Halter, Claire Donnelly, Nick Daniels

Many of us are taking time during the holidays to be with family and friends.

We wish you good times, too.

From all of us at KGOU and StateImpact Oklahoma, have a joyful holiday season.

Happy New Year!

Giveaway ~ Wait, Wait's 20th Anniversary Digital Download
Bill Kurtis and Peter Sagal in party hats

The best bits of Wait, Wait... Don't Tell Me! from the past 20 years have been compiled into a double-album length special to download to your listening device (computer, mobile phone, etc.). Laugh along with Peter, Carl, Bill Kurtis and panelists, with some bonus segments thrown in for good measure. We have a few of these left from the fall membership drive to give away in a random drawing.

Congratulations to our winners!
In our last issue we gave away tickets to piano showman Jim Brickman's A Joyful Christmas at OCCC. Our winner was Nicole. Watch this space for more great giveaways in 2019!

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