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 find out why school districts across Arkansas are choosing to go solar and how the state has made it easier for them to do so. Plus, we speak with writer Steve Wiegenstein whose new book of short stories from the Ozarks has been nominated for the PEN/Faulkner Award. And, we learn about a bill that proposes to make it easier to achieve a licensed professional massage therapy education.

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Steve Wiegenstein's collection of short stories, Scattered Lights, is one of the five finalists for the 2021 PEN/Faulkner Award. His stories are set in the Ozarks and feature people in circumstances often beyond their control.

Last week, Becca Martin-Brown, the feature editor for the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, delivered a long list of opportunities to experience live music this spring. This week, another sign entertainment is making its way back: theater is cautiously returning to the stage.

On today's show, we hear from Hendrix College researchers about the value of restoring abandoned oil and natural gas extractions sites. Plus, we speak with Rev. Nancy Frausto of St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Long Beach, California about whether the COVID-19 pandemic has changed houses of worship. And, we discuss COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy, which remains high in Arkansas, and ways to encourage more residents to get the immunization.

After more than a year of a global pandemic, will houses of worship be forever changed? Rev. Nancy Frausto, associate rector at St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Long Beach, California, will deliver a pair of talks on the the subject this weekend. The virtual events are part of St. Paul's Tippy McMichael Lecture Series.

On today's show, we learn about a nonprofit immigrant legal aid organization that helps undocumented youth obtain DACA credentials. Plus, we have information about Northwest Technical Institute's plans for a new medical building. And, we speak with the mom of a trans man about this year's legislative session and the ways in which Arkansans can show their support to the trans community in face of numerous laws targeting trans youth and athletes.

At his weekly coronavirus response briefing, Gov. Asa Hutchinson made a familiar appeal to Arkansans: get vaccinated against COVID-19. His plea came just hours after the federal government recommended a pause on using Johnson & Johnson's Janssen vaccine following reports of six instances of rare and severe blood clots in women between the ages of 18 and 48.

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We continue our look back the first 150 years of the University of Arkansas with the history of one of the most iconic features on campus: the Senior Walk. Charlie Alison with university relations tells us how a skirmish led to the unique tradition.

On today's show, we speak with the chancellor of the University of Arkansas Fort Smith about the coming reorganization at the institution. Plus, we hear about the potential impacts of a bill that would allow educators and staff to misgender transgender students at public schools and universities. And, we remember Pulitzer-prize winning columnist Paul Greenberg, who died earlier this month.

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The University of Arkansas Fort Smith will be going through some changes at the start of the new fiscal year in July. Chancellor Terisa Riley discusses the reorganization, which she says will not come with a loss of degree programs or jobs.