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, as more Arkansans become eligible to sign up for a COVID-19 vaccination, we hear about the realities of supply versus demand as the state receives fewer than 38,000 doses of the vaccine per week. Plus, we learn about the struggle of Pacific Islanders for civil rights and social justice under long-standing treaties with the U.S. And, we hear about the new services and amenities at the newly expanded Fayetteville Public Library, which has reopened to the public.

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As she often does, our Militant Grammarian, Katherine Shurlds, offers examples of how complicated the English language can be. She quizzes us on words that have vastly different definitions depending on how they're used.

On today's show, we take a look at how area nonprofits are continuing the process of bolstering their diversity, equity and inclusion efforts. Plus, we head into the David and Barbara Pryor Center for Arkansas Oral and Visual history to look back at a partial history of Arkansas's state parks. And, while 2020 was far from ideal, Robert Ginsburg of KUAF's Shades of Jazz tells us about why it was still a fine year for jazz.

More than a dozen area nonprofits are continuing the process of bolstering their diversity and inclusion. The effort, with support from the Walmart Foundation and Walton Family Foundation, creates partnerships between the organizations and a central program. We talked with a representative from one of the funders (above) and a representative from one of the participating nonprofits (below) about the TRUE initiative.

  

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Randy Dixon takes us on a partial survey of Arkansas State Parks history with the help of archives from the David and Barbara Pryor Center for Arkansas Oral and Visual History.

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2020 wasn't a banner year for public health or public discourse, but Robert Ginsburg, host of KUAF's Shades of Jazz, says it was a fine year for jazz.

On today's show, we hear about the types of precautions local media are taking following last week's riot at the U.S. Capitol and more threats of violence leading up to the inauguration. Plus, we find out how Arkansas's medical marijuana industry did in 2020, the first full year cultivators and dispensaries have been up and running. And, we speak with the owners of local outdoor recreation retailers and services to get an idea of how they're preparing for 2021 following a boom in 2020 as more people looked to get outside during the pandemic.

Hammers and nails were in high demand in the Arkansas River Valley in 2020. Michael Tilley, with our partner Talk Business and Politics, explains building permits for the region represented about a 10 percent increase last year. He also explains how you can buy a former high school in the River Valley.

Becca Martin-Brown, the features editor with the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, gives us a preview of weekend activities. She describes a new production from TheatreSquared as intriguing and says we can learn to paint in the style of an Ozark folk artist during a virtual event from the Shiloh Museum of Ozark History in Springdale on Saturday morning.

On today's show, we have details on the two alternative care sites the state will be opening next week to make additional room for COVID-19 patients who require hospitalization. Plus, we find out how after school programs are relieving pressure on both children and their parents during the pandemic. And, we hear about the governor's new workforce program, as well as a nonprofit that helps local seniors downsize their accommodations.

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