Leigh Wood

KUAF General Manager

With 10 years of experience in non-profit fundraising, Leigh has raised money for organizations ranging from small artists' collectives like Art Amiss to the international hunger relief group Heifer International. She worked as KUAF's Membership Director from 2006 to 2008. She then moved to Austin, Texas, where she worked for KUT 90.5, Austin's public radio station, working in the Membership Department and coordinating the station's special events. From there, she moved to Little Rock, where she ran an artists' collective and eventually ended up at Heifer International, overseeing the organization's monthly giving program. She was thrilled, however, to return to Fayetteville in 2013 and to her position at KUAF. With the retirement of longtime manager Rick Stockdell, Leigh was promoted to the position of KUAF General Manager in 2019.

Leigh grew up in Fayetteville, went to Fayetteville High School and earned both a bachelor's and Master's degree in English literature from the University of Arkansas. She believes Northwest Arkansas is truly a magical place to live and work. When she's not raising funds from individual listeners and families, she's recruiting and training volunteers, coordinating special events, writing grant proposals and acting as the contact person for all of KUAF's 3,500 members.

Her favorite pastimes are reading, cooking and playing with her son and daughter. She also co-founded the Fayetteville-based storytelling group, That's What She Said, and she also hosts and produces the weekly show, The KUAF Vinyl Hour.

Ways to Connect

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.

Staying Warm With Sound Perimeter

Feb 18, 2021
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In this week's segment, University of Arkansas Music Professor Lia Uribe brings us several music selections to take us away to warmer climates: Hyatus Kaiyote's “Molasses,” Nina Simone's “Four Women,” and George Gershwin's “Summertime.” All selections are interpreted by students at Berklee College of Music and Boston Conservatory at Berklee.

On today's show, we find out how the Walton Family Foundation plans to approach its support for organizations and nonprofits over the next five years. Plus, we hear from the Greenwood Bulldogs football team janitor about what it was like to find out the players and coaches had gotten him a state championship ring. And, we hear from the head of a California-based fintech company that's coming to Bentonville and bringing a hundred new jobs with it.

Sound Perimeter Revisits Imani Winds

Feb 11, 2021
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This week, University of Arkansas Music Professor Lia Uribe expands our musical boundaries with a performance by Imani Winds, an ensemble of classically trained musicians of color, who are determined to make a statement about representation and be role models for children and young musicians who look like them. This segment originally aired on Aug. 13, 2020.

On today's show, we find out how Benton and Washington counties will be distributing a combined $15 million in federal rental assistance funding. Plus, we head to Gentry where voters are casting ballot in a special election that will decide Sunday alcohol sales in the small western Benton County town. And, we learn about how federal stimulus checks are helping lift the state's revenue during the pandemic.

Sound Perimeter: Sphinx Highlights

Feb 4, 2021
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In today's installment of Sound Perimeter, University of Arkansas Music Professor Lia Uribe introduces us to the Sphinx Organization, which is dedicated to transforming lives through the power of diversity in the arts. We hear "Strum" by Jessie Montgomery as performed by faculty at the Chamber Center of New York, "Quint dat Fool'nish" by William Grant Still, and "Elegy: In memoriam- Stephen Lawrence" by Phillip Herbert as performed by the Sphinx Virtuosi.

On today's show, we find out how the Fort Smith School District is reducing the number of high school students with failing grades during the pandemic. Plus, we learn more about a survey that aims to gather information about the resources local creatives need to be successful during the pandemic and beyond. And, we head to Little Rock where the Arkansas legislature is considering a number of education bills, including one that would prohibit funding the teaching of the 1619 Project.

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On today's edition of Sound Perimeter, we celebrate Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, who was born in January 265 years ago. In honor of the composer, we listen to Funny Mozart's Turkish March, originally from the third movement of Mozart's Piano Sonata No. 11 in A major, K.331, the first movement of Mozart's Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K.550, a variation of the symphony called "Choro" by American jazz pianist Vince Guaraldi and Brazilian guitarist Bola Sete, and Mozart's Clarinet quintet K581 in A major as performed by the Armida Quartet and Sabine Meyer.

On today's show, we find out how the recent COVID-19 surge in the state is impacting in-person visitation at Arkansas Department of Corrections facilities. Plus, we have details about a new bicycle technician program that could be coming to Northwest Arkansas Community College later this year. And, we have information about a new summer program launched by the Women's Foundation of Arkansas for women of color who are enrolled in STEM studies.

Sound Perimeter: Beethoven Anyone?

Jan 7, 2021

On today's Sound Perimeter with Lia Uribe, we hear Ludwig van Beethoven's Symphony #5 in C minor, as well as Cinco Salsa, an arrangement of the same work, performed by the Norwegian Radio Orchestra and Hovedoen Social Club. This segment originally aired on Aug. 6, 2020.

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