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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After a survey revealed Americans, and Arkansans, have an eroding knowledge of the Holocaust, educators and administrators at Northwest Arkansas Community College are developing educational opportunities for students and the community. The first is a virtual lecture from Dr. Erika Briesacher on Nov. 17 at 5 p.m.

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Arkansans planning to travel over the Thanksgiving holiday during a surging pandemic are being advised by the Arkansas Center for Health Improvement to safely celebrate at home instead and gather with loved ones remotely. But for those insisting on attending traditional family gatherings, ACHI recommends preparing in advance for safer holiday.

We check in with Becca Martin-Brown, the features editor for the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, ahead of the weekend. She says there's live, socially-distanced and masked opera in Eureka Springs, as well as plenty of online theater and film.

On today's show, we find out how the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted another aspect of education: college entrance exams. Plus, we speak with the superintendent of the Siloam Springs School District about the decision to shut down two schools to in-person instruction this month. And, we hear about the latest design projects funded by the Walton Family Foundation Northwest Arkansas Design Excellence Program.

This month, the Siloam Springs School District has had to transition to virtual learning at two of its schools for two weeks because of COVID-19. According to Superintendent Jody Wiggins, the virus was spreading among staff at Northside Elementary, which shut down on Nov. 2, and among students at the Intermediate School, which shut down on Nov. 9.

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The Walton Family Foundation's Northwest Arkansas Design Excellence Program has provided grants to three projects this autumn in Springdale, Rogers and Bentonville. Foundation leaders say public space design is a matter of importance now and for the post-pandemic future.

On today's show, we have highlights from Governor Asa Hutchinson's weekly coronavirus response briefing, which included new guidelines for houses of worship. Plus, we have information on how to apply for a new rental assistance program funded by federal money allocated to the state. And, we speak with members of The Crumbs about their newest album in three years.

Governor Asa Hutchinson started his weekly coronavirus response briefing on Tuesday by saying there was very little good news in the day's numbers. He then reported more than 1,400 new confirmed and possible cases of COVID-19 across the state and cautioned the number of cases will likely continue to rise in the immediate future following Halloween and other gatherings. Arkansas Secretary of Health Dr. Jose Romero said that holiday and those that have come before it should serve as a lesson for the holidays coming up, especially as many gatherings move indoors.

The Arkansas Fresh Start Stabilization Program, which received $10 million in funds from the state, is now taking applications for rental assistance. The program provides up to two and a half months of rent if tenants and their landlords meet certain requirements. Once a renter applies, their local Community Action Agency will handle the application and make the rent payment directly to the landlord.

Hundreds of Arkansas farmers who've served in the U.S. Military have formed a state chapter of the Farmer Veteran Coalition. Chapter President Michael Sparks, Arkansas National Guardsman, says the mission is to connect veterans seeking to farm or who are farmers, to agricultural resources. In honor of Veterans Day, members along with staff from the Arkansas Department of Agriculture are meeting in Searcy.