Kelly Burley

Director

Kelly Burley joined KOSU as Director in September 2007. Burley returned to public radio after more than four years as Associate State Director for AARP Oklahoma. Burley first joined KOSU in 1990, first as a reporter, then news director and eventually program director. During that time, he won three Edward R. Murrow awards from the Radio Television News Directors Association, the National Journalism Award from the Scripps Howard Foundation, and two national awards from Public Radio News Directors, Inc. Kelly lives in Stillwater with his wife, Lisa.  He has two grown children, Clint and Kara.

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In just 12 months, the New York Philharmonic will open Oklahoma’s newest world class concert hall.

The McKnight Center for the Performing Arts at Oklahoma State University will feature an 1,100 seat concert hall with a massive stage that can support the largest of orchestras.

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More than 100 young agents of positive social change are in Stillwater this week to share a message of hope. Up with People’s Live On Tour 2018 production features international songs and dances, pop medleys and original songs crafted to inspire audiences.

Chloe Bernier from Switzerland is Up With People’s marketing and promotion coordinator and Janne Vandoorsaer from Belgium is Up With People’s promotions representative. They joined KOSU’s Kelly Burley in the Stillwater studio and the conversation begins with Chloe describing what Up with People is all about.

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Dignitaries, donors and student performers gathered Saturday for a ceremony launching of the construction phase for the new Michael and Anne Greenwood School of Music. The new building will be located on the south side of the McKnight Center for the Performing Arts, which is currently under construction and slated to open in October 2019.

The new Greenwood School of Music is expected to have a long-term impact on Oklahoma State University’s music programs and its reputation for the arts.

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When you typically think of Oklahoma skyscrapers, buildings such as Devon Tower in Oklahoma City or the BOK headquarters in Tulsa may be front of mind. But there’s another kind of skyscraper that rises up along the horizon line of hundreds of smaller towns across Oklahoma. The grain elevators of America’s breadbasket have served as an important connecting point for the transportation of grain from the fields to the rest of the world.

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Oklahoma’s 2018 tornado season has been fairly quiet when compared to years past, especially in 2013, when multiple large twisters permanently altered lives and landscapes during the month of May in the central part of our state

One of those storms, the gigantic El Reno tornado on May 31, 2013, was the widest ever recorded—2.6 miles—and its unpredictability stunned even the experts, claiming the lives of four seasoned storm chasers, as well as 17 others.

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The McKnight Center for the Performing Arts at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater is still more than a year away from holding its grand opening concert. But as construction continues on the new state-of-the-art music performance venue, the first series of performances is already underway in Oklahoma City, Tulsa and Stillwater.

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On Wednesday afternoon, teachers in Stillwater got an after-school jump on a planned statewide walkout next week.

At one of the city’s busiest intersections, 6th and Western, roughly 40 Stillwater public schools teachers and students waved signs as passing motorists tapped their car and truck horns in seeming approval.

Celeste Fox, a 26-year educator who teaches second grade at nearby Westwood Elementary School, says it’s time to stem the long-rolling tide of education budget cuts in Oklahoma.

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One of the world’s largest music festivals is just a couple of weeks away south of the Red River, and Tulsa will once again be well represented.

The Tulsa Office of Film, Music, Arts & Culture Tuesday announced three South by Southwest events in Austin, Texas. Ray Hoyt, of Tulsa Regional Tourism, says the four years his office has spent cultivating a presence at South By Southwest has paid off.

Tulsa will be tackling intergenerational poverty by focusing on the first years of a child's life.

Sophia Pappas was recently hired by the George Kaiser Family Foundation to head up implementation of the foundation’s Birth to Eight Strategy.

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Today's animal abusers may well become tomorrow's perpetrators of violence against humans.

That's the conclusion of a growing body of research, and at the heart of a one-day conference in Oklahoma City featuring law enforcers, social service professionals and veterinarians.

Forensic veterinarian Dr. Melinda Merck says a comprehensive strategy is needed to break the chains of the link between animal cruelty and human violence.

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