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 provide a summary of the governor's dairly coronavirus response briefing. Plus, we find out the early projections of sales and job losses in Northwest Arkansas and the River Valley as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. And, we speak with the CEO of the state's largest nonprofit hospice provider about how staff are providing comfort care in a time of social distancing.

On Tuesday, during his daily coronavirus response briefing, Governor Asa Hutchinson said the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state is lower than models projected, but Dr. Nate Smith with the Arkansas Department of Health added there still isn't as much testing as officials would like. The governor also said he was concerned about reports of crowding at the Buffalo National River and some state parks and announced his administration is looking at ways to curtail out-of-state visitors.

The pandemic is hitting the food service industry hard, but some restaurants are staying open with delivery and curbside service. A new web resource, created by Food Loops, aims to be a one-stop place for customers to find out who is still open and when.

On today's show, we have an update on the special legislative session that wrapped up this weekend, as well as highlights from the governor's daily coronavirus response briefing. Plus, we find out about the special programming from Arkansas PBS and the state Department of Education that will air while schools stay closed. And, we head to Jonesboro to find out how the city is faring after it was hit by an EF-3 tornado Saturday evening.

In Monday's briefing on the state's coronavirus response, Governor Asa Hutchinson announced the state had allocated $45 million more for the purchase of personal protective equipment in addition to the $30 million that had already been earmarked for that purpose. He also announced the state would be getting $1.25 billion from the federal government to cover costs related to the COVID-19 pandemic, so a task force has been established to figure out how that funding will be spent.