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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Presidents since at least Ulysses S. Grant have paid visits to Arkansas. While there is no recording of President Grant's trip, we do have archives of presidential visits from as far back as Harry Truman. Randy Dixon, with the David and Barbara Pryor Center for Oral and Visual History, takes us back to seven different presidential visits.

On today's show, we check in with Michael Tilley of Talk Business and Politics. He discusses home sales and the state's hospitality industry. Plus, we get a preview of the newest exhibit at The Momentary in Bentonville that focuses on racism and gun violence. And, we head to Zinc, Arkansas where residents share the true history of the town, which has recently attracted negative attention because of its proximity to a chapter of the KKK.

The Arkansas Department of Health is reporting a new single-day record for additional cases of coronavirus. At today's briefing, which Governor Asa Hutchinson delivered from Mena, he announced 1,107 new cases of COVID-19 out of just more than 7,800 test results in the last 24-hour monitoring period. The governor said he's not pleased with the high number, but also isn't surprised. Ten counties reported at least 20 new cases, including 105 in Pulaski County. Washington County, which is home to the University of Arkansas, reported 91.

Arkansas is in the seventh month of the pandemic, but as Michael Tilley, with Talk Business and Politics, tells us home sales in the River Valley have gone up. However, the opposite is taking place in the state's hospitality industry.

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Fayetteville city leaders gathered at Fay Jones Woods on Thursday to break ground on phase one of the construction of the Cultural Arts Corridor, which voters approved in a special bond election in 2019. Phase one will include the development of the woods, streetscape improvements along West Avenue and the reconstruction of parts of the Razorback Regional Greenway.

You can get out or stay in and be entertained this weekend. Becca Martin-Brown, the features editor for the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, says there's a craft fair nearby, an early acknowledgement of Halloween and music to be heard.

On today's show, we head to Springdale where the Arkansas Coalition of Marshallese has opened a new pantry that stocks foods Pacific Islanders prefer and need, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. Plus, we discuss the evolution of what it means to be a conservative with a professor at the University of Arkansas ahead of his lecture on the subject next week. And, we find out what the state's tourism and hospitality industries will need to survive the pandemic.

The Arkansas Department of Health reported 398 new cases of COVID-19 from about 4,900 PCR tests and 70 positives from about 430 antigen tests during the last 24-hour monitoring period. There were also 12 more deaths bringing the total to 940. Three of the deaths are from more than three weeks ago. Both the number of people in hospitals from complications and the number of people on ventilators have decreased.

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As voters contemplate their ballots, Jay Greene, a distinguished professor and chair of the Department of Education Reform at the University of Arkansas, is contemplating the evolution of conservatism. That's the focus of his Honors College symposium, which will be held next spring. Greene will host a preview lecture about the subject Tuesday, Sept. 15, via Zoom.

On today's show, we hear from an Arkansan abroad about the complexities he's run into while trying to absentee vote from another country. Plus, we speak with filmmaker Larry Foley about his new documentary about the wild history that shaped Fort Smith. And, we discuss a new personal essay collection that focuses on gun violence, race, gender and the environment with author Toni Jensen.