Kelly Burley


Kelly Burley joined KOSU as Director in September 2007. Burley returned to public radio after more than four years as Associate State Director for AARP Oklahoma. Burley first joined KOSU in 1990, first as a reporter, then news director and eventually program director. During that time, he won three Edward R. Murrow awards from the Radio Television News Directors Association, the National Journalism Award from the Scripps Howard Foundation, and two national awards from Public Radio News Directors, Inc. Kelly lives in Stillwater with his wife, Lisa.  He has two grown children, Clint and Kara.

8:05 am
Fri March 27, 2015

Animal Conference Speaker Examines the Bond Between Humans and Animals

For many of us, animals hold a special place in our hearts, and that’s no accident according to a renowned animal behaviorist and author who will be a featured speaker at The Animal Conference on Tuesday, March 30th at the Skirvin Hotel in Oklahoma City.

KOSU’s Kelly Burley visited with Dr. Vint Virga to find out what’s at the heart of the bond between humans and animals.

Arts & Culture
7:40 am
Fri February 20, 2015

Black History Celebration in OKC

A celebration of Black history is taking place in Oklahoma City this Saturday with a film festival starting at 10 a.m. in the Oklahoma History Center.

The highlight of the event is the film Children of the Civil Rights screening at Cinemark Tinseltown.

KOSU's Kelly Burley talks with Ayanna Najumma who was just seven-years-old when she took part in the sit-ins at Katz drug store in Oklahoma City.

2014 Fall Membership Drive
11:21 am
Thu November 6, 2014

A Huge Thank You For Supporting KOSU

On behalf of the Crazy Smart Radio players, I want to humbly thank you for choosing to listen to KOSU and for choosing to support this public radio station during our eight day membership drive that ended October 16.

Our goal was to encourage at least 1,500 of you to invest in your listening future during the drive and we finished with 1,530 pledges and $238,000 dollars raised! We are very grateful to each of you for choosing to become a member of KOSU and for making a financial commitment to a public radio service that brings you Oklahoma and the world story by story and song by song.

You can donate to KOSU here!

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2014 Fall Membership Drive
2:00 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

A Message From KOSU's Station Director

The KOSU Membership Drive for Fall 2014 marks my 14th on-air fundraising campaign since returning to KOSU as Director in 2007, and my 40th in public radio.

A lot has changed since I first started at KOSU in 1990.  Back then, it was difficult to hear the station outside of Stillwater.  There was no Internet, the few cell phones that existed were the size of bricks and our tools of the radio news trade were land-line telephones, cassette recorders and typewriters.

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Native Language & Culture
11:44 am
Wed June 25, 2014

KOSU Joins Clinton Global Initiative Project to Preserve American Indian Languages

KOSU's Kelly Burley looks on as David Crawler translates a children's story From English to Cherokee.

There are approximately 7,000 languages spoken on planet Earth.  But more than half of those could vanish before the end of this century, and nowhere is the problem more evident than in Oklahoma.  Kelly Burley has more on the challenge at hand, and what KOSU will be doing to help turn an idea into action in the revitalization of some of our state’s American Indian languages.

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10:13 am
Wed February 19, 2014

New Radio Series Focuses on Animal Health

For a growing number of us, animals provide companionship and loyalty. They’re often considered family rather than property, and they deserve our respect, love and care. To help keep your pet healthy, KOSU, the OSU Center for Veterinary Health Sciences and The Kirkpatrick Foundation are partnering to bring you Vet Med Moment, a new weekly short series focusing on animal health that airs Wednesday afternoons at 1:20 and Sunday mornings at 6:40. 

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