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This office fields listener and reader concerns about a wide range of issues, but, in the seven months I have been on the job, NPR's coverage of the environment and climate change has been among the top topics. It is clear that many in the audience expect NPR to be a leader covering climate news. And NPR should lead; as one of the nation's largest news sources it is only fitting that it devote serious time and attention to one of the most important and controversial issues of our day.

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."

All Things Considered, NPR's flagship evening news program, is expanding its lineup of hosts: Ari Shapiro and Kelly McEvers will join veterans Robert Siegel and Audie Cornish on weekdays, and Michel Martin will become the new host of the weekend show.

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:

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