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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There's a new show on stage in downtown Rogers designed to make us laugh at a time when that's not always easy. Becca Martin-Brown, the features editor with the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, gives us the details.

On today's show, we hear about the latest findings in the 2021 Rural Profile of Arkansas Report from the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. Plus, we speak with attorneys from Legal Aid of Arkansas about the lawsuit the organization filed against the Division of Workforce Services as problems with the state's unemployment benefits system persist. And, we head to the Northwest Arkansas Ballet Theatre as dancers get ready for their first live performance since the start of the pandemic.

On today's show, we have highlights from the governor's weekly coronavirus response briefing, which include information about vaccine eligibility for people 65 and older. Plus, we find out how people and animals are fairing in Texas following two winter storms and what organizations on the ground need to help with recovery. And, we have information about a book drive that's being held by the Benton County Sheriff's Office to restock the jail library.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson started his weekly coronavirus response briefing by acknowledging a somber milestone as the U.S. surpassed half a million COVID-19 deaths this week. That total includes more than 5,000 Arkansans. He then announced the state would be expanding vaccination eligibility to people 65 and older. Hutchinson said the state decided to move the group up in the vaccination line from phase 1C to phase 1B because that population has high instances of COVID-19 co-morbidities that lead to worse outcomes.

On today's show, we learn about a University of Arkansas tour organized by students that explores the Black experience on campus. Plus, we have analysis of Arkansas Sen. Jim Hendren's decision to leave the Republican Party to become an Independent. And, we head to Pea Ridge where several thousand households and businesses lost their natural gas supply in the midst of back-to-back winter storms.

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A new tour of the Black experience at the University of Arkansas can be taken physically or virtually and covers decades of stories that took place on campus. The tour, put together by students, originated in a U of A Honors College seminar.

We continue to share excerpts from a Walton Family Foundation panel discussion about making growth in Northwest Arkansas more inclusive and equitable. Rafael Rios, the founder and executive chef at Yeyo's Hospitality Group, discusses how mentorship can play a role in that goal.

Our Militant Grammarian helps us belatedly celebrate, observe, mark, commemorate, honor, laud and exalt National Thesaurus Day.

On today's show, we head deep into the hollows of Eureka Springs to track down a remote long-lost spring that played a role in the creation of the Ozarka Natural Spring Water company. Plus, we learn about a new initiative that aims to help vulnerable Arkansans with their medical debt. And, we speak with the coordinators of Slow Streets NWA as they get ready to launch this year's program.

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Daisy Bates is a towering figure in Arkansas and U.S. history. The writer, mentor, activist and leader is the subject of this week's archive tour with Randy Dixon from the David and Barbara Pryor Center for Arkansas Oral and Visual History. We hear her voice and the voices of those who were inspired by her.