Kyle Kellams

KUAF host, contributor, and creator of "Ozarks at Large"

Kyle Kellams has been the news director at KUAF for 25 years and has been producing Ozarks at Large (first as a weekly, then as a daily program) since March, 1990.

Kyle first started working in radio at KTLO in Mountain Home, Arkansas while still in high school and also spent a year as news director at KKIX in Fayetteville before working at KUAF.  During his time at KUAF has also served as the radio play-by-play voice for the University of Arkansas women's basketball team and on occasion the U of A baseball team.

Kyle lives in Fayetteville with his wife Laura and the two sweetest dogs on the planet.

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On today's show, we have the latest from the governor's daily coronavirus response briefing. Plus, we speak with an attorney at Legal Aid of Arkansas about the rights of workers as more people return to their jobs in the first phase of reopening. And, we head the Jones Center in Springdale where, over the weekend, the Arkansas Coalition of Marshallese held a mass COVID-19 testing event.

Our Militant Grammarian, Katherine Shurlds, spent a recent socially-distanced afternoon discussing almost everything there is to know about verbs.

On today's show, we speak with Governor Asa Hutchinson about governing during the pandemic and his lecture at the University of Arkansas Honors College this past Friday. Plus, we find out how summer camps are preparing to host campers within the restrictions issued by the state. And, we have details about why coronavirus briefly shut down some operations on the Arkansas Department of Transportation's Bella Vista Bypass project.

At Tuesday's coronavirus response briefing, Governor Asa Hutchinson said he was pleased to see that most Arkansans followed pandemic guidelines during Memorial Day weekend, but was concerned about the few instances where social distancing protocols were not followed. The governor said the state is at a critical point at what he has described as a second peak in cases and individual discipline will be a critical part of what happens next. Hutchinson also announced the state had surpassed its goal of testing 60,000 residents during the month of May.

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Despite the coronavirus pandemic, Arkansas paid tribute to members of the military who died in the line of duty. On Monday, Governor Asa Hutchinson spoke at a Memorial Day service at the Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery in North Little Rock. The ceremony was not open to the public and was instead streamed online.