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May 19, 2011
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KROU to Change Towers
Jazz in June Highlights
NPR's New Ombudsman
More Giveaways!
The end of the school year is here, and KGOU gave a warm send-off to several aspiring broadcasters to enjoy the summer or to start a career. So too did Robert Krulwich, NPR's Science Correspondent, who gave the commencement speech to Journalism graduates at Berkeley. You can read the transcript of his speech if you're an aspiring journalist or just looking for some inspiration.


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 NPR Announces New Host of Weekend Edition Sunday
NPR photo by Steve BarrettNPR News has named Audie Cornish the new host of Weekend Edition Sunday. She's been a reporter and substitute host for NPR since 2006; she will be the new voice of Sunday mornings for millions of public radio listeners beginning this fall.
Liane Hansen, who has been hosting WESun for more than 20 years, announced her retirement last year and will broadcast her final show on Sunday, May 29.
Liane's last show on Memorial Day weekend revisits some of the newsmakers, artists and other guests she interviewed during her long career, such as "country doctor" David Loxtercamp and Kinks founding frontman Ray Davies. Don't miss the memories and also a special segment with Puzzlemaster Will Shortz and Audie Cornish. In fact, Liane has some advice for Audie on figuring out the puzzle and more, on the NPR blog, The Two-Way. 


KGOU to Move Oklahoma County Transmitter
For some time, we've known that the 105.7 FM (KROU) transmitter and antenna would eventually have to be moved to another tower in northeast Oklahoma City -- and that inevitability is now an immediate need. The tower that currently hosts KROU is being sold, and we will be moving our equipment over the next few months.
This forced move also presents an opportunity to make a few improvements to the signal that serves Oklahoma County. We can position a new antenna higher on another tower, which will result in an improved signal inside buildings and in null spots. However, we must still abide by all the strictures set by the Federal Communications Commission, and so this move will only slightly expand KROU's coverage area.
We have set aside about $75,000 toward the costs of the move, but the total bill is going to be close to $140,000. General Manager Karen Holp outlines all the details of the project in a special report from The Manager's Desk. Contact her with any questions you might have. If you'd like to contribute to this project, our online pledge forms accepts donations for capital campaigns.


KGOU to Feature Jazz in June Highlights
Jazz in JuneAt this time of year, we at KGOU are eagerly anticipating Jazz in June, the music festival we help to produce each year in Norman. The 2011 festival is fast approaching, June 23 - 25. Visit the Jazz in June website for all the details.
The 2010 Jazz in June festival may be gone, but it's not forgotten -- KGOU will air highlights from last year's headliners: JD Thompson and the Big Bad Wolves, Guy Forsyth, The Ashlee Madison Tribute, Suzanna Choffel, and The Bad Plus. Tune in Sunday, May 29 from 1 - 4 p.m. for all the highlights. Those three individual hours will be rebroadcast on KGOU's Friday Night Live Headliner Showcase in the weeks leading up to the 2011 festival, Fridays at 11 p.m.


NPR Names New Ombudsman to Three-Year Term 
Photo by CARL JUSTE/THE MIAMI HERALD STAFFNPR has named Edward Schumacher-Matos, an award-winning journalist, educator and columnist, to the position of Ombudsman. He begins a three-year term on June 1, when the term of Alicia C. Shepard expires.
Since 2000, the Ombudsman has served as the public's representative to NPR, responsible for bringing transparency to journalism decision-making processes. It is a familiar role for Schumacher-Matos; he has been the Ombudsman for The Miami Herald since 2007. Read NPR Interim CEO Joyce Slocum's announcement, watch for Schumacher-Matos's blog posts and listen for his expert analysis on NPR programs starting in June. 


Summer Movies: ...and, ACTION!
Photo by Zade Rosenthal/Marvel StudiosAction movies take the forefront as the summer movie season gets underway, but the multi-plex still has plenty of comedies as well as a comedian in a dramatic role, not to mention all the animated films set for release in the coming weeks. The movie section at has reviews and clips to help you decide what's worth seeing this summer.


OK MozartTicket Giveaways ~ OK Mozart Festival
We'll hold a drawing for tickets to a couple of weeknight performances during the OK Mozart Festival 2011: for the Monday, June 13 performance of Alloy Orchestra as it accompanies the screening of Metropolis, a film by Fritz Lang, and for the Tuesday, June 14 performance of Turtle Island, a string quartet performing the works of Jimi Hendrix. Both performances are at the Rose State Performing Arts Theater. The drawing will be held next Tuesday, May 24; enter here to win!


Congratulations to our winners!
In a drawing for a pair of tickets to Reduxion Theater Company's production of Hair, our winner was Bob! And in our drawing for a pair of tickets to hear Phil Brown's Guitar Army pay tribute to Jimi Hendrix, winners were Lee, Theresa, Petra, Dawn, Glenn, Kathy, Heather, Michele, Phillip and Chris!