KOSU, the NPR station serving Oklahoma City at 91.7FM, Tulsa at 107.5FM and Stillwater at 88.3FM, announced yesterday they have partnered with The Spy to create more uniquely Oklahoma experiences on-air.
The partnership marks the return of the Spy moniker to its Stillwater roots, at KSPI-FM in the 1970s. Former KSPI DJ Ferris O’Brien has been involved throughout several incarnations of the Spy, including heading up the current independent version, which has been on radio or online since 2009.
The Spy has actively engaged in local partnerships that serve to educate the community and further the local culture, which puts it in line with public radio’s mission as well.
“The Spy has done a tremendous job of tapping into the pulse of the community to provide a vibrant venue for music genres that are completely underserved in our state. Through our partnership, we look forward to amplifying what The Spy does best as we create more uniquely Oklahoma experiences for public radio listeners.” - Kelly Burley, KOSU Director
The station is adding several news/talk and music programs (effective Monday, August 20, 2012), the majority of which will come from The Spy. KOSU will simulcast many of The Spy’s original specialty shows:
8PM – 10PM: Millions Now Listening Will Never Die (Post Punk Era), hosted by Jon Mooneyham
7PM – 9PM: The Oklahoma Rock Show (Okies only!), hosted by Ryan LaCroix & Grace Gordon
7PM – 9PM: Juke Joint Revival (Rockabilly, Early R&R), hosted by Juke Joint Jenni
10PM – 12AM: The Blank Generation (Punk), hosted by Flat Cap & Rowdy Face
12AM – 1AM: Chrome Pony & Friends Radio Hour (Various), hosted by Chrome Pony
9PM – 12AM: SpyLab (Dance), hosted by Katie Wicks
8AM – 9AM: Songs From the Plains (Folk, Bluegrass, Country), hosted by Sam & Sam
10AM – 12PM: The Toaster Brunch (Reggae, Ska & more), hosted by E-Roy
10PM – 11PM: Pairadime Music Radio (Hip Hop), hosted by Ryan and Gray
KOSU will also air The Spy’s mix of indie and alternative music during the remaining evening and overnight hours while continuing popular shows such as A Prairie Home Companion, American Routes, The Blue Door Music Show and Folk Salad.
“Everyone here at The Spy is extremely humbled and honored to be asked by KOSU to become a part of this venture. We look forward to the opportunity to expand the musical horizons of every KOSU listener while giving The Spy’s loyal listeners yet another way to tune in. This is such an incredible opportunity for everyone involved with The Spy; we promise to continue bringing the listener the best in new music as well as classics, producing the best specialty shows in the country.” - Ferris O’Brien, general manager of The Spy
New non-Spy shows include On Point (Weekdays, 10am), The Moth Radio Hour (Saturdays, Noon), The Dinner Party (Saturdays, 2pm) and This Land’s The Roam and Ramble (Thursdays, 9pm).
“It’s been so much fun to create this new schedule. For years, we’ve been hearing from our audience that they want more local and unique programming, and now we’re delivering.” - Rachel Hubbard, KOSU Associate Director
KOSU will continue to provide its classical music service at kosu.org, on KOSU 91.7 HD2-digital in OKC, and 88.3 HD2-digital in Stillwater. Listeners can also access classical music at 90.1 KCSC in Edmond and 88.7 KWTU in Tulsa.
The Spy will continue broadcasting online all hours of the day at thespyfm.com.