Music Artist for May 2020: KOSU/The Spy

KOSU is a public radio service of Oklahoma State University and a National Public Radio (NPR) member station. Its programming can be heard by more than 91,000 on-air listeners every week in central, northern and northeastern Oklahoma, parts of Kansas, Missouri and Arkansas and online at kosu.org.

Through its partnership with The Spy, KOSU has become a place for music discovery, shining a light on sometimes overlooked genres and musicians. Its local music show — The Oklahoma Rock Show — has been on-the-air since 2010, playing nearly 600 new songs by local musicians every year. Oklahoma music also makes its way onto The Spy’s regular rotation, as well as shows like The Mean Hustle, Grand Union Radio, About What You’d Expect and more.

“There are a handful of firsts that are really important in terms of legitimizing musicians – first concert, first record and first time on the radio,” said Ryan LaCroix, host of the Oklahoma Rock Show. “There are so many Oklahoma musicians worthy of broad support, but sometimes they just need that shot on a bigger platform. That’s what we hope to provide.”

KOSU’s commitment to Oklahoma music is apparent in several other ways, like the music and interview podcast No Cover and the weekday live music segment Oklahoma Music Minute. LaCroix has also featured dozens of Oklahoma musicians, such as Jabee, Travis Linville, Broncho and Lincka, nationally on NPR’s Heavy Rotation.

“Oklahoma musicians are often overlooked on a national level,” LaCroix said. “But it doesn’t have to be that way.”

KOSU can be heard on-air at 91.7 FM in central Oklahoma, 107.3 and 107.5 FM in northeastern Oklahoma, 88.3 FM in Stillwater and 94.9 FM in Ponca City, or online at kosu.org.

For more information about the Oklahoma Rock Show, visit their listing in the Oklahoma Music Directory.

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