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

Z. Sitek / KUAF

KUAF General Manager Leigh Wood and Ozarks at Large Host Kyle Kellams discuss the state of the station in what has been a most unusual, challenging, constructive and emotional year. We also wanted to thank you, our listeners, members and sustainers, for your continued support of KUAF 91.3.

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.

Sound Perimeter: The Blue in Music

Nov 12, 2020
Courtesy / Andrew Bogard

Lia Uribe explores blue in the latest "Sound Perimeter." She considers Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue, Jennifer Higdon's Blue Cathedral and more. This segment originally aired on July 16, 2020.

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.

Born in 1898, Septima P. Clark was a civil rights activist and educator. She worked with the NAACP and other civil rights organizations, and she was a teacher for more than 40 years. This is her story. This segment originally aired on March 6, 2019.

On today's show, we learn more about the historic number of minority candidates and voters who turned out for the 2020 election. Plus, we find out about the successful bipartisan legislative efforts that have made Arkansas a leading state for human rights for children. And, we'll tell you about the tree climbing championships that are coming to Fayetteville this weekend.

Sound Perimeter: Sing for Hope

Nov 5, 2020

In this week's segment of Sound Perimeter, University of Arkansas Music Professor Lia Uribe tells us more about the nonprofit organization, Sing for Hope, which was started by internationally acclaimed sopranos, Monica Yunus and Camille Zamora, in response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

On today's show, we look back at last night's election results in Arkansas with Roby Brock of Talk Business and Politics, who says Arkansas was already a red state, but it just got redder. Plus, we have details about the expansion of the Children's Advocacy Center of Benton County with a new facility in Gentry. And, we learn about a major grant that will allow the Northwest Arkansas Land Trust to expand its farmland preservation program.

Courtesy / THE NEW YORK TIMES

James Hal Cone, born in Fordyce, Ark. in 1938, grew up in Bearden and earned a Master's of Divinity from Garrett Theological Seminary as well as a Master's and Ph.D. from Northwestern University. He developed the concept of Black Liberation Theology, which is defined as a theological identity that was accountable to the life, history, and culture of African-American people. He also wrote Black Theology and Black Power in 1969 as well as other critical texts. This is his story. This segment originally aired on April 17, 2019.

On today's show, we hear from the Washington County coroner about what his job has been like during the last eight months of the pandemic. Plus, we find out about Achilles International Arkansas, an organization that's holding a virtual run this weekend to benefit one of its members. And, we explore some of Yo-Yo Ma's collaborations in this week's Sound Perimeter with U of A Music Professor Lia Uribe.

Pages