Kelly Burley

Director

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.

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NPR CEO Jarl Mohn visited KOSU's Oklahoma City studios on Friday to get a tour of the station and meet the staff. In this thirty minute conversation, Mohn talks about the importance of non-profit journalism, NPR's recent ratings increase , and the importance of being live and local—in news and in music.

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“When you’ve got nothin’, you’ve got nothin’ to lose.”
“Behind every beautiful thing, there’s some kind of pain.”
“Some people feel the rain. Others just get wet.” His words and music are said to have changed American culture and he’s been described as the spokesman for a generation. And now, Bob Dylan’s collection of words, music and artistry is being permanently gathered and assembled in Tulsa – for the benefit of researchers and fans alike. Dylan fans are set to get a first...

If you make it easy for people to steal from you, chances are they will. That's part of the education message delivered in Tulsa Wednesday by a famous criminal-turned-crime fighter, made famous by the 2002 film Catch Me If You Can . As part of AARP Oklahoma's Fraud Watch consumer education program , Frank Abagnale spoke to an audience at Gilcrease Museum about his life and offered tips to outsmart today's schemers. In his early 20s , Abagnale had pulled off numerous credit card and check...

KOSU is continuing its 60th year of radio broadcasting in 2016, and I am proud to have been part of this station for more than a third of that time. As station director during past nine years, I have been privileged to stand alongside a great team of public radio professionals and listener financial partners to preserve and grow KOSU’s media services. Together, we expanded KOSU’s weekday national news programming, strengthened local news content through collaborations such as StateImpact and...

A feature-length documentary sponsored by Oklahoma City's Historic Film Row will make its Oklahoma debut during the deadCenter Film Festival next month. Two Trains Runnin' , directed by Sam Pollard and narrated by Common, tells the remarkable story of how avid blues fans were able to save the music of their heroes amid the backdrop of racial violence that gripped Mississippi during Freedom Summer in 1964. KOSU's Kelly Burley visited with Ben Hedin, who wrote Two Trains Runnin' , about the...

The final hour of a membership drive is usually the most challenging 60 minutes for the KOSU staff. After a solid week of making the on-air case for support, our voices are weaker and our eyelids are heavier by the end of the drive. So imagine our surprise when NPR’s legendary legal affairs correspondent, Nina Totenberg, and her producer, Art Silverman, strolled into our Oklahoma City studio during the final hour of the spring 2016 member drive to help us reach our goal. Nina was in the city...

The arts at Oklahoma State University are getting a major boost. Today, OSU President Burns Hargis announced a gift of $25 million from OSU alums Ross and Billie McKnight in support of programming the school’s new performing arts center. Hargis says it takes more than just bricks and mortar to create a world-class university venue for performance art. "What we want to do is not only present performances that will bring people to Stillwater to enjoy these kinds of things they might not be able...

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. This...

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.

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.

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