John Cooper

Development Specialist

John Cooper joined the KOSU staff in April 2015. John was born and raised in Oklahoma City and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Oklahoma State University.

John has been in the band Red Dirt Rangers for the past 27 years and co-hosted the Red Dirt Radio Hour since 2004.

If you need to contact John, he can be reached at 405 744 7625.

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Oklahoma’s 2018 tornado season has been fairly quiet when compared to years past, especially in 2013, when multiple large twisters permanently altered lives and landscapes during the month of May in the central part of our state

One of those storms, the gigantic El Reno tornado on May 31, 2013, was the widest ever recorded—2.6 miles—and its unpredictability stunned even the experts, claiming the lives of four seasoned storm chasers, as well as 17 others.

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American Aquarium will release their seventh studio album, Things Change, this Friday. The album is a personal and a political one, coming on the heels of a band member overhaul, changes in frontman BJ Barham's personal life and the 2016 Presidental election.

John Cooper, co-host of the Red Dirt Radio Hour, shares his top albums of 2017, in no particular order:

Jared Tyler - Dirt On Your Hands

Andy Adams - Back To Square One

One of the musicians who rose to fame in the '90s with the group House of Pain is working to transform a Tulsa house made famous in the film adaptation of The Outsiders.

Four Oklahoma bands—Nicnos, Taddy Porter, Skytown & Good Villains—are joining forces to play the OklaHomeGrown Music Showcase at Cain's Ballroom in Tulsa tonight.

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Robert Earl Keen has been a leading musician in the genre of Texas Country for the past three decades. He has recorded 18 full-length albums and had songs covered by George Strait, Lyle Lovett, The Dixie Chicks, and more. Keen was inducted into the Texas Heritage Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2012.

In this interview with KOSU's John Cooper, Keen talks about his new live album, Live Dinner Reunion, playing a concert with Levon Helm, and the so-called differences between Texas Country and Red Dirt music.

David Macias is a Grammy Award-winning producer and co-founder of Thirty Tigers. The services of his Nashville-based entertainment company have fostered success stories for the likes of Lucinda Williams, Patty Griffin, The Avett Brothers, Low, Ryan Bingham, Flogging Molly, Jason Isbell, St. Paul & the Broken Bones, and many more.