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In my first post on this topic, I highlighted some of the concerns that NPR audience members have raised about the network's on-air and online coverage of climate change and the environment. This follow-up post gives my own views and talks about a couple potentially very positive new NPR initiatives.

Dan Schroeder

Words cannot begin to express my gratitude to KOSU’s engineering team for the blood, sweat and tears that they poured into this fix. KOSU is very fortunate to benefit from the expertise and dedication of Ken Boyd, Dan Schroeder and Bob Buford. They are tireless champions for public who work behind the scenes to bring our audio broadcasts and digital streams to 100,000 weekly listeners. I’ve told both Dan and Bob that it's time to catch up on life, and hopefully KOSN will cooperate.

UPDATE (August 16 at 10:12 p.m.): As some of you may have noticed, 107.5 FM is now fully operational! We want to give a big thanks to our technicians and engineers for their hard work in the heat and wind to fix the tower after the catastrophic event.

And a big thank you goes to you, our listeners, for your patience during this process. We're looking at more than $50,000 in unexpected costs due to the lightning strike to the tower. If you wish to donate specifically for this cause, you can do so here.

We're excited to bring back KOSU programming to Tulsa, northeastern Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri and Arkansas!

Wits Has Been Cancelled

Jul 28, 2015

Wits will end its run in September. KOSU is currently evaluating options to replace it in our programming lineup. Below is a note from American Public Media, which distributes Wits:

American Public Media has made the difficult decision to cancel our nationally distributed radio program, Wits.

MPR talks with 'A Prairie Home Companion' host Garrison Keillor on his pending retirement and the show's future.

prairiehome.org

Garrison Keillor, creator and longtime host of the popular "A Prairie Home Companion" radio show, says he means it this time: He's retiring.

In an interview Monday with The Associated Press, Keillor said he plans to step down as host after next season, following four decades of entertaining listeners with his baritone voice and folksy comedy sketches about Lake Wobegon, his mythical Minnesota hometown "where all the women are strong, all the men are good-looking, and all the children are above average."

We're happy to offer two special benefits for KOSU members during the 2015 Fall Membership Drive (taking place between Wednesday, April 8 to Wednesday, April 15).

1. Pledges of $60 ($5/month) will be eligible for a new KOSU t-shirt.

For the new membership drive, we're offering a new t-shirt focusing on our new campaign Crazy Smart Radio. The t-shirt are off-white (technically, it's called 'oatmeal.') and comes in your choice of extra small, small, medium, large, XL, XXL, and XXXL.

Some of you may be able to stretch your contribution to KOSU a little further thanks to your employer.

Many employers in Oklahoma have some form of matching contribution program, including:

KOSU welcomed Mairead Todd to the KOSU Membership team on February 23.

Mairead is an Oklahoma City native, with a bachelor's degree in Media Arts from the University of Oklahoma and a master's degree in TV, Radio and Film from Syracuse University. She spent several years working for various non-profits in the Oklahoma City metro area and market and audience research at PBS in Washington, D.C.

After four years in the nation’s capital, she moved back to Oklahoma with the goal of getting involved in public media.

The Spy and KOSU will launch a new music show this Sunday at 8 p.m. that will continue our Sunday late afternoon / evening tradition of shows featuring the genres of country, Americana, roots, and red dirt music.

Tumbleweeds All the Way Down will showcase American roots music - country, blues, and folk. If it sounds like blood, sweat, heartbreak or alcohol, you will hear it here. The first episode features songs by Lyle Lovett, Whiskeytown, Patti Page, Sturgill Simpson and many more.

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