Ryan LaCroix

All Things Considered Host / Operations Director

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 writer for Oklahoma Today magazine and the co-author of two books for the Oklahoma Historical Society. He has served on the Norman Music Alliance Board of Directors since 2013, the governing body of Norman Music Festival. He holds a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma and lives in Blanchard with his wife and son.

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A key figure in Oklahoma and Texas music has died.

Jimmy LaFave passed away Sunday after a battle with a rare fast-growing cancer called spindle cell sarcoma. He was 61.

Born in Wills Point, Texas, LaFave moved to Stillwater when he was 15 and was instrumental in the early stages of what would become known as “red dirt music.”

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Oklahoma City Thunder forward Enes Kanter, a Swiss-born Turkish citizen, is back in the United States, following his detainment at a Romanian airport over the weekend.

Kanter fled Indonesia, where he was hosting a basketball clinic in Jakarta, on Saturday after his manager was awoke him in the middle of the night.

"My manager knocked on my door around 2.30am and said we need to talk. He said the secret service of Indonesia and army is looking for you. Turkish government called them and said he’s a dangerous man, we need to talk to him."

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A bill to allow Las Vegas-style roulette and dice games in tribal casinos has failed in an Oklahoma Senate committee.

Senate Bill 857 was said to be part of a revenue package negotiated between House Republicans and Democrats and was expected to bring in $20 million in revenue. It failed today by a vote of 22 to 16.

Russell Westbrook shows off his Oklahoma City pride in a new commercial for Tumi Travel.

Watch it below.

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Every month, NPR Music asks public radio personalities around this country to name a new favorite song and, this month, KOSU featured Oklahoma City act Lincka.

This is Sample Size, our weekly new music feature with KOSU's Ryan LaCroix and LOOKatOKC music critic Matt Carney.

Today, Matt brings us new tunes from the supergroup of Sufjan Stevens, Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly & James McAlister, plus Quelle Chris and Perfume Genius.

This is Sample Size, our weekly new music feature with KOSU's Ryan LaCroix and LOOKatOKC music critic Matt Carney.

Today, Matt brings us new tunes by Los Campesinos!, Jay Som, and Benjamin Booker featuring Mavis Staples!

We're happy to offer several special benefits for KOSU members during the 2017 Spring Membership Drive (taking place between Wednesday, March 1 to Wednesday, March 8).

1. Pledges of $60 ($5/month) will be eligible for the 2017 Keep It Local card.

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The Oklahoma City Thunder and Chicago Bulls were able to pull off a multi-player deal before Thursday's NBA trade deadline.

The Thunder picked up reinforcements for Russell Westbrook by getting forwards Taj Gibson and Doug McDermott from the Bulls. The Thunder also get a second-round pick in the 2018 draft for Cameron Payne, Joffrey Lauvergne and Anthony Morrow.

McDermott is expected to boost an outside shooting attack that ranks 29th in 3-point shooting. Gibson fills a void left when Oklahoma City dealt Serge Ibaka in last year's NBA draft.

This is Sample Size, our weekly new music feature with KOSU's Ryan LaCroix and LOOKatOKC music critic Matt Carney.

Today, Matt explains the results of the Grammys and focuses on two winners—Adele and Chance the Rapper. Plus, a new song from Colin Stetson.

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