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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Arkansas Secretary of Health Dr. Jose Romero, who is also the chair of the CDC's national Advisory Committee for Immunization Practices, went before state legislators Monday to discuss the latest developments in the race to distribute the first of what are likely to be several COVID-19 vaccines. To watch the full Public Health, Welfare and Labor Committee meeting, click here.

Our Militant Grammarian, Katherine Shurlds, explores regional differences when it comes to our choice of terms, words and pronunciations.

On today's show, we hear from a traveling ICU nurse about what it's been like to work in New York, Northwest Arkansas, and Texas during the COVID-19 pandemic. Brittany Diaz discusses helping at a New York City hospital during the height of the outbreak there, the emotional toll of caring for coronavirus patients, and the steps communities can take to help medical staff at hospitals across the country. Plus, we head into the Pryor Center archives to remember The Group and their business ventures in Arkansas.

Courtesy / KATV Archives / Pryor Center

In this week's segment from the archives at the David and Barbara Pryor Center for Arkansas Oral and Visual History, we remember The Group, an intentional community established by young people who moved to Arkansas in the 1970s after becoming disenchanted with Hollywood. The Group's members are known for operating a dinner theater in Logan County and launching an internet service provider company out of Little Rock.

On this Thanksgiving Eve edition of the show, we have highlights from the governor's weekly coronavirus response briefing as we head into one of the many upcoming holidays. Plus, we have details on how to become a much-needed convalescent plasma donor to help future COVID-19 patients fight the virus. And, we check in with KUAF General Manager Leigh Wood to get an idea of how the station is doing in a year that's been unlike any other.

Yesterday, Governor Asa Hutchinson held his weekly coronavirus response briefing ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday. The briefing follows more high numbers of new COVID-19 cases, deaths and record hospitalizations. Hutchinson said the increased volume of cases has been challenging for contact tracers and the average timeframe from collection of the specimen until it reaches the Arkansas Department of Health system is about 37 hours. Secretary of Health Dr. Jose Romero made a familiar plea urging Arkansans to shift away from many holiday norms for the sake of their communities.

Courtesy / UAMS / Arkansas Children's Northwest

Arkansas Children’s Northwest and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Orthopedics Northwest have developed a pediatric sports medicine program to provide comprehensive orthopedic care for student athletes in the region. 

Courtesy / Springdale School District

Two days before the Thanksgiving holiday, the superintendent of the Springdale School District announced all schools would be pivoting to remote learning until Dec. 7. Superintendent Jarred Cleveland said there were too many staff who had tested positive for COVID-19 or had to be quarantined due to possible exposure that they weren't sure there would be enough substitute teachers to fill those roles for a number of days.

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KUAF General Manager Leigh Wood and Ozarks at Large Host Kyle Kellams discuss the state of the station in what has been a most unusual, challenging, constructive and emotional year. We also wanted to thank you, our listeners, members and sustainers, for your continued support of KUAF 91.3.

On today's show, we find out how smaller Thanksgiving gatherings are impacting the local restaurant industry. Plus, we speak with a renter who applied for financial assistance from the Arkansas Fresh Start Program, but was denied because her landlord declined waiving late fees. And, we hear from musician Emmet Cohen of the Emmet Cohen Trio ahead of his upcoming, socially-distanced performance at the Walton Arts Center.