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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Charles J. Finger lived on three continents, had many different jobs and, while living in Fayetteville, was awarded the Newbery Medal. His life is detailed in the new book Shared Secrets: The Queer World of Newbery Medalist Charles J. Finger by Elizabeth Findley Shores. She'll discuss the book, published by the University of Arkansas Press, Thursday afternoon in a virtual event.

Our Militant Grammarian wants to help newcomers to Arkansas understand some southern phrases. From "air up" to "I hear tell", Katherine Shurlds is here to help.

On today's show, we head to the Community Clinic of Northwest Arkansas, which will the first center in the state selected for participation in a COVID-19 vaccine equity initiative. Plus, we find out about a new accelerated nursing degree program at UAMS Northwest that aims to address a nursing shortage in Arkansas. And, we head into the archives at the David and Barbara Pryor Center for Arkansas Oral and Visual History to understand the lasting legacy of the Little Rock Nine.

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The integration of Little Rock Central High School remains one of the most enduring episodes of Arkansas history. This week, Randy Dixon, with the David and Barbara Pryor Center for Arkansas Oral and Visual History, helps us understand that time with a look through the archives.

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The Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration is getting ready to issue its final license plate with three numbers followed by three letters. That license plate will read "999 ZZZ." After that, the DFA will be going to a different combination of letters and numbers on Arkansas license plates.

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Diana Henry has used her talent and cameras to capture history. Tomorrow night, she'll share some of her experiences, virtually, with the Photographic Society of Northwest Arkansas. Henry was the official photographer for the Women's National Conference in 1977.

On today's show, we learn about a bill that expands scholarship eligibility to certain students and why it had to get rushed through the Arkansas Legislature. Plus, we have information about the state's "stand your ground" bill, which also passed this week after failing to make it through committee on the first go round. And, we have highlights from the governor's second coronavirus response briefing this week during which he made three major announcements.

A new plant is coming to Fort Smith and it's bringing five new jobs with it. Michael Tilley, with our partner Talk Business and Politics, says the annoucement means a lot more than that.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson held another coronavirus response briefing this morning to make three announcements. The first was that he is extending the public health emergency declaration for another 30 days until March 31. The continuation of the declaration, Hutchinson said, allows for continued Medicaid reimbursements for telehealth, business liability protections and remote learning options for school districts.

We continue our series about health and aging with a discussion about heart health, heart failure and why the latter isn't necessarily always the best term. Our series is a partnership with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Northwest Arkansas.