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 has a voice that grabs you and doesn't let go. The musician is just 23, from a small town in Oklahoma — but the songs on his newest album, The Very Last Day, draw on older influences, including Greek mythology, vintage blues and his own Pentecostal upbringing.

Millsap spoke with NPR's Melissa Block about learning how to sing without being self-conscious, as well as channeling a childhood fear of the biblical rapture into his work. Hear the radio version at the audio link and read an edited version of their conversation below.

Must Listen: 10 Oklahoma Songs

Mar 9, 2016
Doug Schwarz

On the Oklahoma Rock Show, we comb through dozens of songs every week. They're country and folk, rock and punk, hip-hop and EDM, and everything in between. Below, you'll find 10 songs we've really been enjoying over the past month or so.

Annie Oakley - "Hey Honey Hey"

Courtesy of the artist

The great novelist Flannery O'Conner once wrote that, "To the hard of hearing you shout, and for the almost blind you draw large and startling figures." This was her way of explaining why she populated her fiction with grotesquely flawed characters, exaggerating their ugliest impulses in the funhouse mirror of writerly vision.

The band School of Seven Bells wrote its final album together in 2012, but it's only now being released. They didn't know it at the time, but one of the band's two members, Benjamin Curtis, was about to be diagnosed with cancer. He died the following year at the age of 35.

We asked 10 KOSU and Spy hosts to share the one song they've been digging over the past month or so. Below, you'll find new music from David Bowie, Future, Suede, Quilt, and more.

Suede - "Night Thoughts"

Last night, the rest of America got to see what we've known here in Oklahoma for years: John Moreland will move you.

The Tulsa musician's powerful lyrics, skillful fingerpicking, and gravelly vocal delivery collectively have the ability to turn you into a puddle of tears. And, you'll come running back for more.

Rolling Stone called it "an emotionally riveting performance."

Ryan LaCroix, host of KOSU's All Things Considered and co-host of The Oklahoma Rock Show, shares his 10 favorite Oklahoma albums of 2015:

10. Grooms - Comb the Feelings Through Your Hair

After the departure of Emily Ambruso, I was a bit worried about the future of Grooms. But, Travis Johnson and company delivered a solid album with some of the best songs they've ever put out.

Beau Brady's Top 15 Songs of 2015

Dec 29, 2015

Beau Brady of You're Welcome shares his 15 favorite songs of 2015:

15. D'Angelo & The Vanguard - "Really Love"

Technically released in 2014, but he performed this song on SNL back in January of this year. I don't think any SNL guest has topped it since. Easily one of the best songs on Black Messiah and also of the year.

Oklahoma Rock Show's Top 25 Songs of 2015

Dec 18, 2015

Last night, we counted down the top 25 Oklahoma songs of 2015. In total, we played 430 new songs on The Oklahoma Rock Show in 2015, so our final list was extremely competitive.

Check out our picks below.

25. Rachel Brashear - "Variations on a Theme"

The Spy's Ferris O'Brien combs through hundreds of albums every year. Below are his 11 favorite albums of 2015:

11. Eternal Death - Eternal Death

10. Real Lies - Life

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