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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The Northwest Arkansas Council is taking applications for its Life Works Here initiative, which comes with a $10,000 incentive and other perks aimed at attracting STEAM talent to the region. The effort has drawn excitement as well as criticism from those who believe the organization and its funders should also focus on Northwest Arkansans struggling during the pandemic.

Our Militant Grammarian, Katherine Shurlds, brings us a new list of words with surprising definitions.

On today's show, we hear from two teachers about how the school year is going since they returned to the classroom three months ago. Plus, we speak with a former Kyrgyzstani diplomat, who will be the featured speaker at this week's Professor Dick Bennett Lecture, hosted by the Scholars at Risk Committee at the University of Arkansas. And, we launch the RefleXions Podcast, which is a collaboration between the RefleXions Music Series and KUAF 91.3.

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This year's Professor Dick Bennett Lecture, hosted by the Scholars at Risk Committee at the University of Arkansas, is going to be held virtually on Wednesday, Nov. 18, at 5 p.m. Speaker Baktybek Bashimov, a one-time diplomat from Kyrgyzstan who had to flee his native country, says there are critical issues surrounding academic freedom that need to be addressed.

On today's show, we speak with the first openly transgender Arkansan elected to office in the Natural State. Plus, we find out why enrollment in the state's public charter schools in surging while enrollment in traditional public schools has dropped. And, we look back to the mid-1990s when Arkansas made national headlines as the state carried out three executions in one day.

Even though the pandemic means the usual Northwest Arkansas observation of National Philanthropy Day is virtual, organizers stress it's important to take note of the act of giving. This year's celebration is taking place online Wednesday, Nov. 18, at 11:30 a.m.

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In 1994, Arkansas conducted three executions on the same day. Randy Dixon, with the David and Barbara Pryor Center for Arkansas Oral and Visual History, uses archives from a newscast from that day and a contemporsry interview to examine how that day unfolded.

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This year's U of A Division of Agriculture Upland Hardwood Management Tour will be going ahead virtually Tuesday, Nov. 17 from 1 to 3 p.m. The site tour will examine management of oak forests, especially valuable white oaks, and is geared toward family forest landowners, forest managers, and wildlife biologists. Registration is required by calling 870-793-7432 or signing up online.

On today's show, we check in with Michael Tilley, of Talk Business and Politics, who explains why he's concerned about the City of Fort Smith complying with Freedom of Information Act laws. Plus, we find out how Northwest Arkansas Community College is trying to remedy young Arkansans' lack of knowledge about the Holocaust. And, we have the latest guidance from the Arkansas Center for Health Improvement for the Thanksgiving holiday as the state's COVID-19 cases continue to surge.

Michael Tilley, with our partner Talk Business and Politics, says he's concerned about the City of Fort Smith following Freedom of Information Act laws.