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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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.

Our Militant Grammarian, Katherine Shurlds, is back with another obscure category of language: autological words.

On today's show, we have details about how service and hospitality businesses impacted by the pandemic can apply for the Business Interruption Program. Plus, we speak with the mayor of Springdale about the mechanics of how city and county governments in Arkansas are being reimbursed for pandemic-related expenses. And, we head to Fayetteville's holiday themed cocktail bar.

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As city and county governments across Arkansas receive reimbursements from the state's allotment of CARES Act funding, Springdale Mayor Doug Sprouse explains what the city will do with its nearly $2.9 million share. He says a discussion about purchasing a firing range for the police department got incorrectly mixed up with a discussion about the federal funds.

The open house concept doesn't quite work during a pandemic unless it's virtual of course.  The University of Arkansas Jazz Area in the U of A Music Department is hosting three days of virtual open house events beginning Dec. 2.

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This week, Randy Dixon, with the David and Barbara Pryor Center for Arkansas Oral and Visual History, helps us examine turkeys, Thanksgiving and Arkansas history.  Plus, a cooking tip or two for the big bird this upcoming holiday.

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Last week, Fayetteville Health Officer Dr. Marti Sharkey sent a letter to University of Arkansas Chancellor Joseph Steinmetz on behalf of the city's Health Board asking him to consider the rapid community spread and hospital capacity in Northwest Arkansas when deciding whether to bring students back to campus after Thanksgiving.

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Holidaze, a limited-time cocktail bar with a holiday theme, is back with social distancing and a new temporary home at the Walton Arts Center. The bar is the brainchild of Fayetteville business owner and operator Hannah Withers.