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 new cases of coronavirus increased with 385 positive PCR tests out of more than 5,200 total tests and another 114 positive antigen tests out of 699 total tests. Governor Asa Hutchinson said the state is reporting the two separately per CDC guidelines. Another 11 Arkansans died of the virus, bringing that total to 928. Health Secretary Dr. Jose Romero said seven of the deaths were reported in nursing homes, including small clusters in facilities in Beebe and El Dorado. Five counties reported more than 20 cases, including 42 in Washington County and 24 in Benton County.

Filmmaker and chair of the School of Journalism and Strategic Media at the University of Arkansas Larry Foley's new documentary, Indians, Outlaws, Marshals and the Hangin' Judge, separates legends and facts throughout Fort Smith's wild history. The film premieres tomorrow night in Fort Smith for a limited audience, but everybody can watch it on Facebook.

On today's show, we find out how a local group called Vote Safe Arkansas is partnering with Northwest Arkansas election commissions to make sure everyone can vote safely in the General Election. Plus, we learn how the pandemic has changed the way substitute teachers work with some local school districts. And, we hear about how Bridge the Gap is working to connect with militia groups in Arkansas during a cookout in Harrison over Labor Day weekend.

Arkansas reported 294 new cases of COVID-19 out of more than 5,100 tests in the past 24-hour monitoring period. There were also nine additional deaths. The number of hospitalized Arkansans grew by 10. Three counties reported more than 20 new cases, including Washington County, which had 29. Governor Asa Hutchinson said the majority of new cases, nearly 17 percent, are being reported in people between the ages of 18 and 24.

From KFC to 3M, our Militant Grammarian, Katherine Shurlds, brings along a quiz on businesses that use letters or initials for a name.

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Over Labor Day weekend, Aaron C. Williams, co-founder of the new Northwest Arkansas race reconciliation group, Bridge the Gap, traveled to Harrison to host a community cookout on the town square. In the days leading up to the event, Williams invited white nationalists from the region, including a local chapter of the KKK, to join him in finding common ground. A film crew from ABC Nightline was also on hand following Williams campaign for a segment scheduled for air Sept. 21.

 

On today’s show, for most of us, mask-wearing has become a necessary inconvenience during the COVID-19 pandemic, but for deaf Americans who lipread, masks are a real nuisance.  Plus, producing a TV show during a pandemic means change, both bad and surprisingly good. Also, Michael Tilley from Talk Business and Politics reviews a week of pandemic-related financial news and Becca Martin-Brown from The Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette helps us with entertainment plans for the week ahead. 

As Arkansans head into Labor Day weekend, the state is reporting new highs for both new COVID-19 cases with 1,094 and COVID-19 tests with more than 11,200. The Arkansas Department of Health also reported a dozen additional deaths from the virus, bringing that total to 873. Washington County once again had the most new cases with 215 and Governor Asa Hutchinson said 82 percent of those new cases were among people between the ages of 18 and 24.

As the pandemic continues to impact nearly everything, we check in with Michael Tilley of Talk Business and Politics, who says jobless numbers are improving in Arkansas, but the state's tourism industry is still suffering.

 

The 8th season of Later with Jason Suel begins tomorrow night at 9:30 on FOX 24, but this time around, the comedy and variety show is being produced through Zoom. Jason Suel says there are advantages and disdvantages to the new world of socially-distanced production.

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