NORMAN — University of Oklahoma public radio station KGOU has begun simulcasting on 89.1 FM in Clinton, Oklahoma, after acquiring the broadcast license, transmitter and equipment from KCCU Radio at Cameron University. The 89.1 FM signal covers much of western Oklahoma and expands the reach of KGOU’s programming to 32 counties in Oklahoma.
The 89.1 FM signal’s call sign has been changed to KQOU, transmitting at 40,000 watts from a tower located about three miles south-southwest of Clinton in Washita County. Under ideal atmospheric conditions, the signal reaches from the Wichita Mountains to southern Woodward County, and from El Reno to the state line and beyond, into the Texas panhandle.
“We are pleased to be able to significantly extend our broadcast footprint and provide NPR and KGOU-originated programming to listeners in the 89.1 FM area,” said KGOU General Manager Dick Pryor. “Adding the Clinton transmitter is an exciting opportunity for KGOU and the University of Oklahoma to serve new audiences in western Oklahoma.”
Public radio service in the area has not been interrupted during the process of transferring the license to KGOU and OU, although KGOU’s daily programming differs from KCCU’s programs. Listeners will now hear News/Talk radio programs throughout daytime hours on weekdays.
NPR’s morning and afternoon drive-time programs Morning Edition and All Things Considered will continue on 89.1 FM along with NPR newscasts and award-winning, locally produced KGOU state and local news, weather and traffic reports. Listeners will also find familiar in-depth news reporting from the statewide public media collaboration, StateImpact Oklahoma.
Instead of classical music, listeners will now hear popular News/Talk radio programs 1A, Here & Now, and Fresh Air; during evenings and weekends listeners will hear jazz, blues and global jazz music programs. News from the BBC will air during overnight hours. A complete program schedule and program descriptions are available on the station website: http://kgou.org/schedule.
Documents transferring the transmitter license from KCCU to KGOU were filed with the Federal Communications Commission in September. After receiving approval from the FCC, KGOU began broadcasting from the Clinton transmitter on Dec. 1.
KGOU is a department of the University of Oklahoma Outreach and an NPR Member Station, currently broadcasting at 106.3 FM in Norman, 105.7 FM in Oklahoma County, 88.1 FM in Woodward, 89.1 FM in Clinton, 91.9 FM and 97.9 FM in Ada, 103.1 FM in Seminole, 105.1 FM in Shawnee and 106.9 FM in Chickasha. KGOU also offers live audio streaming and digital content at http://www.kgou.org. As a public radio station, KGOU receives voluntary donations from listeners and businesses.