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KGOU e-Newsletter
May 9, 2013
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Bangladesh Journalist Visits
Awards All Around
3MF Call for Entries
Moms' Day Recipes

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Thank you!Many listeners love to hear us attempt to pronounce their names as we thank them during our membership drives, but some are less amused. Whether we only slightly mangled yours, or made it unrecognizable, we do thank you!


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Visiting Bangladeshi Journalist Interns at KGOU
Sima with Nora GuthrieSima Bhowmik, a journalist with ABC radio in Bangladesh, spent three weeks working at KGOU as part of a U.S. State Department program. In that short time, Sima shadowed KGOU News Director Kurt Gwartney as he delivered early morning news updates, reported from the state Capitol, and traveled to Tulsa to report on the new Woody Guthrie Center.

Sima also shadowed Indian Times host Susan Shannon at the OU Powwow, and provided some insight into working conditions in factories in Bangladesh for World Views, which airs tomorrow at 4 p.m. Sima truly immersed herself in the work of KGOU, and even spent a few hours answering phones during the membership drive. After leaving Oklahoma, Sima and her group headed for Washington, D.C. and then home.

sun wearing sunglasses Spring Membership Drive Update
KGOU's future is bright, thanks to everyone who contributed to our recent Spring Membership Drive! Donations from 158 new members, 970 renewing and rejoining members pledged $171,500 (so far) to the effort. More contributions are coming in daily, so it's not too late to be counted in support of KGOU -- use our online donation forms or call us at (405) 325-5468 or (866) 533-2470. We're hoping to reach our goal of $180,000 soon!

Our success is dependent on some important partners for the membership drive: our wonderful phone volunteers, Café Plaid, Jason's Deli and Gaberino's Homestyle Italian Restaurant for keeping the volunteers and staff fed, and for matching challenge grants from our generous members. Thank you!


KGOU, StateImpact Oklahoma Win Awards
Kurt Gwartney with OAPB Sweepstakes trophy The Oklahoma Pro Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists honored KGOU with 17 awards for journalistic excellence last month, including a clean sweep of the Interview/Talk Program category. KGOU reporters also won first-place awards in Spot News, Newscast, and Reporting Portfolio categories.

StateImpact Oklahoma, the collaborative project of the state's public media, was also well represented in the SPJ awards, winning six first-place awards in radio and online classifications, sweeping the Online Writing category. SIO was also tops in General Radio Reporting, Election Reporting, Diversity Coverage, Online Enterprise Reporting, and Interactive Graphics.

KGOU's professional and student staff were also honored with awards from the Oklahoma Associated Press Broadcasters and the SPJ Mark of Excellence regional student competition.  See the long list on our Awards page.

Three-Minute Fiction Contest: Round 11 Begins
Three-minute fiction Calling all creative writers -- the next round of All Things Considered's Three-Minute Fiction contest has begun with a new judge, author Karen Russell. The contest is hosted by NPR's Guy Raz, and has a simple premise: Listeners submit original short stories with a 600-word limit that can be read aloud in three minutes or less. This round's special rule: Write a story in which a character finds an object that he or she has no intention of returning. The contest closes Sunday, May 12, at 10:59 p.m. CT.

Kitchen Window: Try A Do-It-Yourself Mother's Day
Egg salad sandwich Sunday is Mother's Day, and while many moms may relish breakfast in bed or a delivery of flowers, food writer T. Susan Chang advocates moms take charge of their own special day by making their favorite treats for themselves. She has recipes that moms can enjoy without having to share (or that someone special could make for Mom), at's Kitchen Window.
Congratulations to our winner!
In our last KGOU e-Newsletter, we gave away a pair of tickets to Armstrong Auditorium's performance by the Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet to our lucky winner, Sally. Watch for more great giveaways coming soon!