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KOSU Teams up with The Spy

Filed by Rachel Hubbard in Feature, Music.
August 13, 2012

KOSU, the NPR station serving Oklahoma City at 91.7FM, Tulsa at 107.5FM and Stillwater at 88.3FM, will increase its audience services by adding new news/talk and music programs effective Monday, August 20, 2012. At the heart of KOSU’s schedule is a content partnership with The Spy, which produces original shows and brings a wide array of independent music to listeners. The Spy also engages in local partnerships that serve to educate the community and further the local culture.

“The Spy has done a tremendous job of tapping into the pulse of the community to provide a vibrant venue for music genres that are completely underserved in our state,” said Kelly Burley, KOSU Director. “Through our partnership, we look forward to amplifying what The Spy does best as we create more uniquely Oklahoma experiences for public radio listeners.”

KOSU will simulcast many of The Spy’s original online evening programs, including Freakbeat, with host Kenworth, who navigates the world of Garage Rock, Psychedelic Rock, Art Rock and early Electronic, Mondays at 8 p.m.; The Oklahoma Rock Show, featuring local bands from across the state with hosts Ryan LaCroix and Grace Gordon, Thursdays at 7 p.m.; Juke Joint Revival, resurrecting Rockabilly, Hillbilly, Rock and Roll, Jump Blues and Rhythm and Blues with Juke Joint Jenni, Fridays at 7 p.m.; SpyLab, a mix show of dance music ranging from house to dubstep to chill, hosted by internationally renowned DJ and record producer Katie Wicks, Saturdays at 9 p.m; the Sunday Toaster Brunch with your host E-Roy, featuring two hours of the best reggae, dub, ska and 2tone, Sunday at 10 a.m.; the Night Shift with David Goad, two hours of goth, Tuesdays at 9 p.m.; the Blank Generation, one full hour devoted to Punk, Fridays at 10 p.m.; Millions Now Listening Will Never Die with the legendary Jon Mooneyham, two hours of post-punk, featuring interviews and music from this incredibly intriguing time in music history; You’re Welcome, Oklahoma’s only all-vinyl music show with Beau and Kellen, Tuesdays at 7 p.m.; and Tasting Notes, which pairs wine with music, Mondays at 7 p.m.

KOSU will also air The Spy’s mix of modern music during the remaining evening and overnight hours while continuing popular shows such as A Prairie Home Companion, American Routes, The Blue Door Music Show and Folk Salad.

Everyone here at The Spy is extremely humbled and honored to be asked by KOSU to become a part of this venture. We look forward to the opportunity to expand the musical horizons of every KOSU listener while giving The Spy’s loyal listeners yet another way to tune in. This is such an incredible opportunity for everyone involved with The Spy; we promise to continue bringing the listener the best in new music as well as classics, producing the best specialty shows in the country,” said Ferris O’Brien, general manager for The Spy.

KOSU is implementing its new program schedule after spending the first half of 2012 gathering feedback from listeners through conversations and surveys, as well as through a thorough internal review of the many challenges the station faces to survive. KOSU will continue to provide its classical music service at kosu.org, on KOSU 91.7 HD2-digital in OKC, and 88.3 HD2-digital in Stillwater. Listeners can also access classical music at 90.1 KCSC in Edmond and 88.7 KWTU in Tulsa.

“It’s been so much fun to create this new schedule. For years, we’ve been hearing from our audience that they want more local and unique programming, and now we’re delivering,” said Rachel Hubbard, KOSU Associate Director

KOSU is also expanding its weekday news program lineup to include On Point, a program that exposes the real world implications of the day’s news stories through conversation from every perspective. On Point airs weekdays at 10 a.m.

On the weekends, KOSU is adding several new programs to feature new programs in public radio including weekly broadcasts of The Moth Radio Hour, Saturdays at 12 p.m.; The Dinner Party, a way to get an edge on your weekend with odd news stories, interviews with celebrities, and new food and drink recipes, Saturdays at 2 p.m. There will also be a large focus on the great seasonal shows like RadioLab and State of the Re:Union and local show development.

 

17 Responses to “KOSU Teams up with The Spy”

  1. This is so awesome! Thank you!

  2. Radio Revolution says:

    Woo Hoo!!!!!

  3. Frank Baker says:

    Absolutely sensational news. Count me as excited. I've worked with Ferris in the past and having the Spy back on FM radio is a coup!

  4. I hope in the revised schedule KOSU will keep the current NPR programming during the day time hours. These NPR programs are the reason I listen to KOSU every day. They give a thoughtful, fresh perspective on news around the world. More Oklahoma-based content is not of much interest to me.

  5. Shannon says:

    So, are you just getting rid of "To The Best of Our Knowledge" that airs on Sunday mornings? I'm all for more local content, but don't mess up my Sunday mornings

  6. @okrockshow says:

    Glad to be joining the KOSU schedule! We'll be playing two hours of Oklahoma music on Thursdays at 7pm! Join us!

  7. Kyle says:

    I preferred the fake Spy, which aired on 105.3 after the Spy deal didn't go through. I will be listening to classical on the HD frequency.

  8. Chris says:

    thespyfm rocks! Long live thespyfm!!!

  9. miker says:

    Thanks so much for providing a radio outlet for local and alternative music! As someone who is ancient enough to have been a student back when OU had a student-run radio station, I think there's a certain cosmic justice in KOSU offering local music radio in central Oklahoma once again.

  10. Anne says:

    Hey wait what happened to Neva Hill and Frosty Troy? I miss them! And please keep the national NPR programs during the day. Did I mention that Diane Rehm rocks (hint, hint).

  11. Conner says:

    Is Millions Now Listening Will Never Die supposed to be post-ROCK show, because the post-ROCK band Tortoise released an album called Millions Now LIVING Will Never Die. Maybe it is a post-punk show

  12. Radio Revolution says:

    Conner: It's definitely a Post Punk show focusing on the era of mid-late 70s into the early-ish 80s.

  13. Rob says:

    What was playing at 7 PM yesterday – that was Wednesday, Sept 5 at 7PMish?

  14. Levi says:

    Hey there friends! Norman's newest music gear store, Ampy Shanty is throwing an epic all day show! Come check it out if you can! Here's the line up:

    12-1 – Sticky Stranglets
    1-2 – Mute Preachers
    2-3 -Nuns of the Battlefield
    3-4 – Dadrock
    4-5 – Psychotic Reaction
    5-6 – The Jerry Ghouls
    8-8:30 – Limp Wizurdz
    8:45-9:15 – The Pizza Theives
    9:30 – 10:00 – Uranium Death Crow
    10:15 – 10:45 – Brother Gruesome
    11:00 – 11:45 – Kyle Reid Band
    12:00- 12:30 – JV's Fillin Station
    12:45-1:15 – David Parada

  15. albert says:

    The Spy has done a remarkable job of hitting into the rhythm of the group to offer a vivid location for songs styles that are absolutely underserved in our state

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