Oklahoma music

All around the country, NPR member stations are not only a vital source of news but music, arts and culture, too. We are grateful that music stations never stopped providing their unique blend of programming for listeners during this ongoing pandemic. They also provided critical support for their local music economies.

We usually ask our stations to pick songs that are in heavy rotation on their broadcast logs for this series. But given that we're halfway through 2020, we wanted to know our station's favorite songs of the year so far.

Terry Farris

From guitar wizard Charlie Christian to James Brown's "chicken scratch" guitarist Jimmy Nolen and the legendary GAP Band to pop songwriting powerhouse Ester Dean, Black musicians from Oklahoma have contributed greatly to the music landscape.

In an effort to shine a brighter light on Black musicians from Oklahoma, we asked two Spy hosts — Don Data of No One Man and Jabee of Grand Union Radio — to curate a playlist.

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This is No Cover, a production of KOSU and Oklahoma State University and hosted by Matthew Viriyapah. On this episode is Oklahoma rock & roll singer-songwriter, Beau Jennings.

This is No Cover, a production of KOSU and Oklahoma State University and hosted by Matthew Viriyapah. On this episode is Oklahoma City noise-rock band Chat Pile.

Our Daily Breather is a series where we ask writers and artists to recommend one thing that's helping them get through the days of isolation during the coronavirus pandemic.

Who: Jimmy Webb

Where: New York City

Recommendation: Model airplanes


I find myself at home, like most of the world right now. But for me it is a bit of a luxury because I spend so much time on the road. My touring and concerts have been postponed until the world opens again.

This is No Cover, a production of KOSU and Oklahoma State University and hosted by Matthew Viriyapah. On this episode is Tulsa-based singer-songwriter, John Moreland.

It's the week of April 21, 2020 and here's the new music being played on The Spy. This week includes the long awaited Fiona Apple album, an unheard Florence + The Machine outtake, Mothica's recent release, and so much more.

Normally, the Oklahoma Music Minute gives a rundown of where you can see live music in the state, but the coronavirus pandemic has halted live music in Oklahoma for the time being. And just because you're practicing social distancing doesn't mean you can't find your new favorite band.

Celebrate Public Radio Music Day

Apr 16, 2020

On April 16, the noncomMUSIC Alliance will host the first Public Radio Music Day. NPR member stations across the country will celebrate the special role that noncommercial stations play in the music world — on both the local and national level. Many are hosting on-air and online events, virtual studio sessions, appearances by special guests and more, so check out how your local public radio station is celebrating below:


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This is No Cover, a production of KOSU and Oklahoma State University and hosted by Matthew Viriyapah. On this episode is Maddie Razook, an Oklahoma City singer-songwriter who specializes in piano synth music.

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