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January 21, 2010
In This Issue
Special News Coverage
Legislative Coverage
Peter Sagal Video
NPR First Listen
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Covering Haiti Disaster Presents Challenges
NPR mapCovering a major disaster is a huge undertaking for any news organization.  We were interested to hear how the NPR staff dealt with the immense logistical challenges of the Haiti earthquake, and we thought listeners might also want to know what it takes to cover a disaster.  Emily Littleton of NPR's Communications department sought out Charlie Mayer, head of news operations, for this question and answer session
All of NPR's coverage of the Haiti earthquake and relief efforts in the aftermath can be found archived on, including news reports, an interactive map, photo slideshows, and a list of organizations collecting donations.
Update on KGOU Signal Expansion Projects
One of our long-held dreams has been to provide KGOU's public radio service to more Oklahomans.  You've been hearing about our signal expansion projects for a while now, and maybe you're wondering, why three projects, and why now? Here's the background:
Expanding Horizons projectsThese three projects, for Woodward, Ada and Chickasha, have taken years to develop, each starting at a different time. Never did we envision constructing, and raising funds for, all three at the same time. Nor did we expect such a fragile economic climate by the time all the plans were in place, but this is what has happened.
According to the rules of the Federal Communications Commission, we have a finite amount of time to get the projects underway, with no allowance for hard economic times. If we don't begin to construct these stations soon, these frequencies will go to other broadcasters, and this opportunity will be lost.
This is why we're asking for your help now. In all, we need about $120,000 to match the $280,000 in federal grants we have secured for two of the projects. Give, if you can, and help us spread the word. Your contribution will expand KGOU's reach to Woodward, Ada and Chickasha, and will allow those communities to discover the public radio programming that you value on KGOU.
State of the Union:  Coverage and Conversation
NPR NewsNext Wednesday, January 27 , NPR News will provide coverage of the president's State of the Union address as well as a call-in special immediately afterwards. Coverage begins at 8 p.m. (CT), hosted by Robert Siegel and including the Republican response to President Obama's speech. Immediately following, NPR will invite listerners to weigh in with an hour-long call-in special hosted by Neal Conan.
KGOU Covers the State Capitol
State CapitolState lawmakers face many difficult decisions as they return to 23rd and Lincoln for the 2010 legislative session, which begins February 1. Ongoing revenue shortfalls will affect most state agencies and programs as legislators decide how they will balance Oklahoma's budget. KGOU will be bringing you reports all session long from news director Kurt Gwartney in our state Capitol bureau.
For the latest on the rather bleak state budget picture, listen to Monday's program on the Oklahoma Policy Institute's analysis of budget figures.  You can find it in the Oklahoma Voices archives.
Peter Sagal Speaks About Wait, Wait...
Have you ever wondered how Peter Sagal became the host of Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me! or how many home answering devices are graced with Carl Kasell's voice? Peter answered those questions and more, speaking last month to members of Public Broadcasting Atlanta's Cornerstone Society, and you can see and hear his presentation in this video. KGOU broadcasts Wait, Wait... Sundays at 10 a.m.
First Listen: Corinne Bailey Rae
Corinne Bailey RaeFour years ago, the glamorous neo-soul singer broke through from the U.K. to the U.S. charts with Put Your Records On, and suddenly she was everywhere. After losing her husband and a two-year mourning period, Rae will release a new album January 26 called The Sea - available for streaming in its entirety at NPR Music until its release date.