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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This month, a virtual conference hosted by the Walton Family Foundation included a panel discussion about the region's growth and inclusivity. Allyson Esposito, the executive director of the Creative Arkansas Community Hub & Exchange, discussed how art can be used to tell the stories of underrepresented communities in the region.

On today's show, we check in with Michael Tilley of Talk Business and Politics to discuss this week's headlines out of the Arkansas River Valley. Plus, we hear from clean water advocates and U.S. Sen. John Boozman as the Biden administration orders the Obama-era "Waters of the United States" rule be reinstated. And, we have an excerpt of a panel discussion about the importance of diversity and inclusion as Northwest Arkansas continues to attract more people.

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Michael Tilley, with Talk Business and Politics, helps us remember restaurant owner Tom Caldarera, Jr. He also discusses a new hire at Leadership Crawford County and the challenges of being a mayor during the last 18 months.

During their regular meeting Thursday, the majority of the Washington County justices of the peace voted against an ordinance that would put a portion of the county's CARES Act reimbursement toward pandemic financial aid programs. Late last year, the county received $4.5 million from the state's allotment of federal relief funding.

This month, the Walton Family Foundation hosted a virtual conference in tandem with the release of a five-year strategy for the foundation and its partners. One of the panels focused on diversity and inclusion as Northwest Arkansas continues to attract more people. On today's show, we hear from Benton County Judge Barry Moehring and Arkansas Coalition of Marshallese Executive Director Melisa Laelan.

The weather and the virus are keeping people home, but there are still other ways to get out. Becca Martin-Brown, the features editor with the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, tells us about a hike at Devil's Den that you can do from your couch and other virtual and in-person events taking place this weekend.

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Pipes froze and burst in homes and buildings across Arkansas this week as temperatures plunged into the negatives. Plumbers and insurance agents say they expect the next few weeks to be busy as people file claims for repairs.

On today's show, we speak with several local small business owners who were some of the 30 people who received a fully-funded Kiva loan after applying through the micro-lending platform with the help of the NWA Kiva Hub. Plus, we hear from Arkansas Sen. Jim Hendren who announced this morning that he is leaving the GOP to become an Independent. And, we head to Huntsville where one family had to open up their kitchen to their calves to keep them warm during this week's snow storms and low temperatures.

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This morning, Arkansas Sen. Jim Hendren, R-Gravette, announced he has decided to switch political parties from Republican to Independent and has formed an organization called Common Ground Arkansas aimed at working in a bipartisan fashion. In a video statement, he said his tipping point were the pro-Trump riots and insurrection attempt at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.

Last week, we aired part of our conversation with the executive director and one of the founders of the Arkansas Cinema Society as the organization was getting ready to present the screening of the film Minari at the 112 Drive-In theater. Today, we have more from our conversation with Kathryn Tucker about the society's expansion beyond Central Arkansas.