KOSU radio is officially on the air on Film Row — just another sign that the one-time “skid row” is quickly emerging as Oklahoma City's latest hot spot for the creative class.
Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb, Oklahoma State University President Burns Hargis and Mayor Mick Cornett were among the dignitaries gathered Friday morning to mark the opening of the new KOSU studios in the Hart Building, 720 W Sheridan Ave.
KOSU is an award-winning National Public Radio station that has broadcast news and entertainment programming from the OSU campus in Stillwater for about 60 years.
“Hearing KOSU live from historic Film Row is the culmination of more than two years of planning, construction and audio engineering,” Hargis said to about 200 people gathered in the two-story lobby of the Hart Building. “The expansion of KOSU into downtown Oklahoma City serves a dual role as an academic extension of the broadcast programs on the OSU campus and as a public service outreach for the university and the arts community in Oklahoma.”
The $400,000, 4,000-square-foot facility features performance and production studios and an expanded and collaborative newsroom that will double the station's capacity to produce local news and music and serve as a hub for content collaborations with the state's other public media organizations.
New satellite receivers and other technology will allow KOSU to upload and download NPR data and audio interviews faster and with greater clarity.
Kelly Burley, KOSU director, noted the station's new home allows his staff to connect more intimately with its listeners at a time when public donations are increasingly important to maintaining its operation. Much of the new station was funded through donations, including $150,000 from the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation and $75,000 from the Kirkpatrick Family Foundation.