The Spy

The Spy is your go-to location for independent, local music and features more than 20 unique specialty shows that include 80s New Wave, Rockabilly, Soul, Punk and Post-Punk, Classic Alternative, Blues and Roots, Reggae, and much, much more. Additionally, The Spy hosts an all-vinyl show, a wine-and-music pairing show, a dating show, and an Oklahoma music show. Thes­­­­e specialty shows set The Spy apart from traditional corporate radio.

Ferris O’Brien’s brand of The Spy has existed since 1998 when he took over as the Program Director at 93.7 The Spy (KSPI-FM in Stillwater). When station owners took The Spy off the air in 2001, Ferris secured ownership of the brand and moved it to Oklahoma City. In 2002, Citadel Communications launched a deep alternative format radio station (KSYY) and asked Ferris to take the helm. The station was killed in June 2004, but Ferris kept “Spy Radio” on the air as a once weekly specialty show on 100.5 The KATT. In 2009, Ferris purchased 105.3fm from Citadel and relaunched The Spy. When that purchase agreement feel through in December 2010, he took the station completely digital at thespyfm.com. In 2012, The Spy and KOSU established a new partnership that allowed The Spy to return to the FM dial.

You can listen to The Spy 7 days a week from 7pm to 5am, plus 11am-1pm on Sundays, on KOSU-FM 91.7 Oklahoma City, 107.5 Tulsa, 88.3 Stillwater, and 94.9 Ponca City.

You can also listen to The Spy 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at thespyfm.com.

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

"Triple A" radio has come a long way since its birth in 1990s. The programming format, short for "adult album alternative," was created as to be just that: a different listening option for boomers tired of hit-obsessed commercial radio.

And we're back! Our first new mix of the new year includes gritty guitar rock from the band Bethlehem Steel, a sweetly seductive, pop earworm from singer Anna Burch, and an epic breakup song from Lucy Dacus.

Rob Vera's Top 25 Albums of 2017

Jan 4, 2018

Turn of the Century host Rob Vera shares his 25 favorite albums of 2017:

25. Slowdive — Slowdive

Another giant of 90’s shoegaze returns with something fresh, yet something that feels firmly rooted in the ethos of the environment that brought them to our attention in the first place. Dream pop that burns warmly in your headphones.

When it comes to reporting on Spotify and the company's strained relationship with songwriters and publishers, it's beginning to sound like a broken ... system. But a possible fix is in.

Just two days before New Year's Eve, the music publishing company Wixen, which manages the compositions of a wide cross section of artists from Neil Young to Rage Against The Machine, filed a lawsuit against Spotify over its failure to properly license those works before making them available to stream.

In way only he can, Tumbleweeds All the Way Down host Jack Fowler created a fun year-end list of songs that he was surprised to learn were not performed by Jimmie Rodgers.

5. The Jackson 5 - "Blame it on the Boogie"

Josh DeLozier's Top 15 Songs of 2017

Jan 2, 2018

Wiretap is an hour-long countdown of hottest alternative songs of the week, every Friday night at 10 p.m.

We asked Josh DeLozier, the show's host, to list his top songs of 2017 - here they are:

15. Samantha Crain - "Oh Dear Louis"

14. Kings of Leon - "Around the World"

Images of Kentucky are often reduced to coal miners, bourbon, horse-racing and Loretta Lynn. This year, Oxford American magazine has dedicated its annual music issue entirely to Kentucky, and it explores soul jazz, punk rock, rap and more from the Bluegrass State.

The Spy's Ferris O'Brien combs through hundreds of albums every year. Below are his 17 favorite albums of 2017:

17. Erasure - World Be Gone

Vince Clarke has always had a knack for writing catchy tunes. Andy Bell is as flamboyant as ever. Game. Set. Match.

Beau Brady's Top 10 Albums of 2017

Dec 28, 2017

Beau Brady of Excuse Me shares his 10 favorite albums of 2017:

10. Black Lips - Satan's Graffiti or God's Art?

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