Ryan LaCroix

All Things Considered Host/Operations Director/Other Stuff

Ryan LaCroix joined KOSU’s staff in 2013 after teaching for four years at ACM@UCO. He has been the co-host of "The Oklahoma Rock Show" since its inception in 2010. Ryan is also a contributing editor for Oklahoma Today magazine, the co-author of two books for the Oklahoma Historical Society, and the owner of the online music hub, OklahomaRock.com. He holds a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma and lives in Norman with his wife Tiya and son Jaxson.

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Arts & Culture
8:05 am
Fri December 5, 2014

Exhibit Celebrates Downtown OKC Through Disposable Camera Photography

Anna Parsons / OKC125

This afternoon at 4 p.m., Oklahoma City artist Romy Owens unveils OKC125, a photo exhibit celebrating the 125th anniversary of Oklahoma City's settlement. The exhibit features 125 photographs of downtown Oklahoma City from 125 metro artists.

A reception for the photo exhibit takes place this afternoon, beginning at 4 p.m. in The Underground in downtown Oklahoma City. A map of the several access points into The Underground can be found at downtownokc.com.

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Sports
3:22 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Goodbye, RedHawks. Hello, Dodgers.

MiLB.com

Oklahoma City's Triple-A baseball team has been known as the RedHawks for almost two decades. But, following the Los Angeles Dodgers' purchase of the franchise in September, fans will have to get accustomed to a new team name.

Mandalay Baseball, LLC announced Wednesday the franchise will immediately replace the Oklahoma City RedHawks moniker and will now be known as the Oklahoma City Dodgers.

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Sample Size
6:04 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

New Mix: Grooms, MRD & Young Ejecta

Grooms
Ebru Yildiz

Welcome to Sample Size, where KOSU's Ryan LaCroix and LOOKatOKC pop music columnist Matt Carney team up each week to discuss music news and new music releases. This week, we're also joined by The Oklahoman's entertainment editor Nathan Poppe.

Today, we look at a new song from Brooklyn band Grooms, a long road to recovery for Brantley Cowan of MRD, and the danceable synth-pop of Young Ejecta.

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Sample Size
5:44 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

New Mix: Billboard, John Moreland, Mary J. Blige & Disclosure

Billboard

Welcome to Sample Size, where KOSU's Ryan LaCroix and LOOKatOKC pop music columnist Matt Carney team up each week to discuss music news and new music releases.

Today, we look at a change in methodology for the Billboard 200, the anticipation of John Moreland's upcoming album in 2015, and a collaboration between the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul Mary J. Blige and U.K. house duo Disclosure.

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Sample Size
5:44 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

New Mix: Los Campesinos!, Tallows, Celadon City, Mark Ronson & Mystikal

Los Campesinos!
loscampesinos.com

Welcome to Sample Size, where KOSU's Ryan LaCroix and LOOKatOKC pop music columnist Matt Carney team up each week to discuss music news and new music releases.

Today, we look at a Christmas tune from Los Campesinos!, a one-off collaboration between Oklahoma City band Tallows and Edmond's Celadon City, and Mark Ronson's James Brown-sounding collaboration with rapper Mystikal.

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KOSU Music
5:46 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

KOSU Music: Natalie Prass, Father John Misty & Bryan Ferry

Natalie Prass
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LOOKatOKC pop music columnist Matt Carney joins host Ryan LaCroix every week to discuss music news and new music releases during All Things Considered on KOSU.

Today, we look at young Nashville songwriter Natalie Prass, the awesome weirdness of Father John Misty & an incredible collaboration between Bryan Ferry, Nile Rodgers & Johnny Marr.

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Heavy Rotation
10:48 am
Tue November 11, 2014

Heavy Rotation: 10 Songs Public Radio Can't Stop Playing

Oil Boom's song "The Sneak Tip" is a KOSU favorite this month.
Courtesy of the artist

Every month, NPR Music asks public radio personalities around this country to name a new favorite song and then we feature one of those songs on Morning Edition.

Today we go to Oklahoma City, where Ryan LaCroix is the Operations Manager and All Things Considered host at KOSU. He also hosts a program called Oklahoma Rock Show, two hours of local music on KOSU every Thursday night.

The band Oil Boom is based in the Dallas / Ft. Worth metro area, but lead singer Ryan Taylor hails from Oklahoma City. LaCroix says the song "The Sneak Tip" is just plain fun.


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KOSU Music
5:45 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

KOSU Music: Nas, Taylor Swift & Belle and Sebastian

Nas
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LOOKatOKC pop music columnist Matt Carney joins host Ryan LaCroix every week to discuss music news and new music releases during All Things Considered on KOSU.

Today, we look at the new album from hip-hop heavyweight Nas, Taylor Swift's break-up with Spotify, and a change of sound for Belle and Sebastian.


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Oklahoma Music
12:59 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

Top Rock Drummers Set to Be Inducted Saturday

Jim Keltner (left) with John Lennon in 1974

The Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame is set to induct five new members with its 2014 class this Saturday at Cain’s Ballroom in Tulsa.

You might not know the name Jim Keltner, but you’ve probably heard him playing drums on some of your favorite songs for the last 50 years.

Founding board member of the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame and author of the Oklahoma Music Guide Dr. Hugh Foley says that Keltner’s status among rock drummers is unquestionable.

“He is the session drummer of the rock and pop era, from the mid-1960s to the present day. That includes an incredible list of artists. It’s one of those jaw-droppers, whether it’s John Lennon or Ringo Starr or George Harrison, with whom he played on all significant tracks by those three former Beatles.”

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Oklahoma Music
1:22 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Elvin Bishop Still Feels at Home Playing the Blues

Elvin Bishop

The Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame is set to induct five new members with its 2014 class this Saturday at Cain’s Ballroom in Tulsa.

Elvin Bishop’s family moved to Tulsa when he was 10 years old. He attended Will Rogers High School and won a scholarship as a National Merit Scholar to the University of Chicago, where he studied physics. Founding board member of the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame and author of the Oklahoma Music Guide Dr. Hugh Foley says that when Bishop wasn’t studying physics, he was studying the blues.

“When he gets there, he winds up hearing all these great blues musicians – Muddy Waters, Little Walter, Howlin’ Wolf and so forth. He told me, ‘the first thing I did when I got there was to make friends with the black dudes working in the cafeteria at the university.’ And within a very short period of time, he was deep into the blues scene there in Chicago.”

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