“Today, the majority of our listeners and donors live in Oklahoma City,” said Kelly Burley, director of the Stillwater-based KOSU. “There’s a definite need for a permanent presence here.”
He said setting up the secondary shop helps the radio network achieve its mission.
“Creating community through content and content through community is one of our goals,” Burley said. “This space will help us foster our community.”
The new 4,000-square-foot studio will be housed in the Hart building at 726 W. Sheridan.
Developer Chip Fudge has been renovating the building, which now includes offices for the deadCENTER Film Festival, Advanced Subrogation Resources and Ferrell Oil Co. The Health Nut Cafe is slated to move in after June.
“The Hart building is 100-percent leased,” said Fudge, whose own company, Claims Management Resources, is also housed there. “It’s a testament to the continued revitalization of Film Row, and I see it as the latest part of the process to Film Row reaching its full potential.”
Once finished, KOSU’s satellite studio will broadcast programming like NPR’s Morning Edition, The Spy’s Juke Joint Revival and This Land Radio.
The space also includes a small venue for musical performances, political debates, meetings and various community gatherings.
“It allows us the opportunity to put more local content on air,” Burley said. “We want to be something uniquely Oklahoma through our news, music, and culture. Oklahoma City is where our future is.”
In its past and present, KOSU has broadcast from the third floor of a building on Oklahoma State University’s Stillwater campus, but the staff has outgrown the digs.
“The facility is 58 years old,” said Burley. “We’ve got a history of broadcast on display. We need a tremendous upgrade to our infrastructure, but it’s going to take some time. There’s a lot that goes into creating radio.”
The new space is scheduled to be complete by July. Burley said the old headquarters will be used as a hub for student production.
“We’ll be able to recruit more students to help run some of our programming and manage our membership drives,” he said. “Plus, now we’ll have the luxury of redundancy. If the weather knocks out one, we can always switch over to the other.”