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 10am-noon 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.

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Parker Millsap On Mountain Stage

Aug 31, 2016
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Oklahoma native Parker Millsap returns to Mountain Stage, recorded live in Charleston, W.Va. The singer-songwriter was brought up in the Pentecostal church, an experience that provided ample inspiration for his early catalog of songs. Influenced by Steinbeck's dust-bowl narratives, Millsap's religion-laced parables, character-driven stories and relationship tales are performed with the power and conviction of the preachers he witnessed growing up.

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

Last night, Parker Millsap made his national television debut on Conan.

The Purcell native released his third studio album, The Very Last Day, in March. The album has been nominated for Album of the Year by the Americana Music Honors & Awards.

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

Today, Matt plays new music from Husbands, Todd Terje, and Aphex Twin.

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

Today, Matt plays new music from Mitski, Broncho, and Cass McCombs.

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Parker Millsap grew up in the small town of Purcell, Okla., where he began singing in the Pentecostal church his parents attended. In 2014, he released his self-titled debut, which was full of songs and characters from his youth and earned him an Americana Emerging Artist of the Year nomination.

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

Today, Matt plays the new restrained sounds from Bob Dylan, a new cassette release from Norman band Plain Speak, and the uneasy art rock of Braids.

Note: NPR's First Listen audio comes down after the album is released. However, you can still listen with the Spotify playlist at the bottom of the page.

Singer-songwriter Samantha Crain will tell you her music isn’t country, folk, or rock and roll. She says it’s not an Oklahoma sound either, even though some of her songs portray life in the state’s small towns, back roads, and struggles. Like the song "Elk City," from her 2015 album Under Branch and Thorn and Tree.

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

Today, Matt ponders if we'll ever hear any music from Prince's vault, introduces us to guitar picker William Tyler, and dives into the chamber music of Julianna Barwick.

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