On Friday night, listeners were made aware of The Spy‘s move from the terrestrial signal of 105.3 FM to solely online broadcasts.
Listen live at theSpyFM.com.
Replacing the Spy on 105.3 FM is an impostor ‘Spy’, run by corporate giant Citadel. No one involved in the true Spy are involved with what’s currently being broadcast on 105.3 FM. We urge you to spread the word on the impostor and to NOT support what’s currently on 105.3 FM.
For more on this story, read George Lang’s ‘Spy vs. Spy’ in The Oklahoman.
Based on the signal’s history, this will be another short-lived programming decision because Citadel Broadcasting doesn’t know how to sell it. In addition to both times with the Spy, 105.3 FM has operated as Christian Contemporary, a Sports Talk simulcast, Regional Mexican and ESPN Deportes over the past decade. That’s change you can count on happening again as the-need-to-divest-signal continues to lose money for a company just emerging from Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
It’s about community – supporting local businesses, non-profits, events and music – and engaging listeners. The Spy has always understood that and it’s something that the impostor ‘Spy’ and corporate radio will never understand or do.
“Attention. If anyone other than myself or Julie Wilson comes in saying they work for The Spy & trying to sell u advertising!!! They DO NOT sell advertising for the REAL Spy!!! I repeat… DO NOT believe these LIES!!!” - @ferrisobrien
This move had nothing to do with signal, programming decisions, music selection or advertising revenue. The Spy was working and working well. In fact, the Spy had better ratings and was trending significantly better than Citadel’s previous incarnation from 2002-2004.
It all came down to the final closing, where there was a major difference in asking price and the appraised price. You wouldn’t spend three times the money on anything, whether it be $20,000 on a $6,000 car or $200,000 on a $60,000 house.
“When it comes back at nowhere near that number, it just doesn’t make sense.” - Ferris O’Brien
The move doesn’t come without heartbreak, but Ferris O’Brien and the Spy’s staff are very optimistic about the future of the Spy. iPhone and Android apps, new t-shirts and new stickers are on the way and there will be improvements to the quality of the online broadcast and ways to interact with the Spy.
Further FM options will be explored, but for now, we will continue with regular programming at theSpyFM.com. That means there will be no changes to the jocks – Ferris and Justine – or the shows you know and love – The Oklahoma Rock Show, Juke Joint Revival, The Void, Millions Now Listening Will Never Die, SpyLab, The Spy’s Eye on NDN-Country, The Toaster Brunch, The Lost Ogle Show and Tyson Meade’s shows Larceny Whipsnake’s Music Parlour and Live From Shanghai.
Thanks for supporting the Spy over the past year and please continue listening at theSpyFM.com!