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

KUAF is asking listeners for their opinions through a new survey and an update app. Leigh Wood, KUAF's general manager, gives us details.

KUAF has released a newly upgraded app for iPhone and iPad! Now you can listen live to KUAF's three digital streams, access full episodes of Ozarks at Large, set alarms to wake up to KUAF and you can send your messages and feedback directly to the station in the new KUAF Connects feature. This new feature allows listeners to share their voices and experiences with everyone in the KUAF listening area.  

We want to hear from you! For the first time since 2014, KUAF is asking for your feedback in the 2021 Listener Survey. It takes less than 10 minutes to share your favorite programs, when and how you listen and what we can do to better serve everyone in our listening community. YOU are the public in public radio and your voice matters to KUAF. 

On today’s show,  ​Good2Grow Farm in Elkins provides fresh organic produce and garden starts for commercial sale, donating a good portion of both to families in need. Plus, the Dover Quartet returns to northwest Arkansas for another Artosphere performance, the long history of confederate monuments and white supremacy, and more. 

Courtesy / Dover Quartet

The Dover Quartet is a familar ensemble at the annual Artosphere Festival at the Walton Arts Center. They're back this year and will be heard live on KUAF tonight at 7:00. Before they arrived in Fayetteville, they talked with Lia Uribe and Leigh Wood about expanding the audience for classical music and emerging from the pandemic as performers.


On today’s show, the final episode of the podcast "The Movement That Never Was: A People’s Guide to Anti-Racism in the South and Arkansas."  Plus, voters are being asked to approve the extension of a 1 percent sales tax during a special election in Lowell ...



  Today we feature the final installment of the podcast produced by KUAF, "The Movement That Never Was: A People’s History of Anti-Racism in the South and Arkansas."

On today's Ozarks at Large, we revisit recent segments with some of our friends. Randy Dixon from the Pryor Center of Arkansas Oral and Visual History helps us explore Jimmy Driftwood's legacy, our Militant Grammarian helps us explore autological words, Charlie Allison explores the history of the Razorback mascot for the U of A, and Lia Uribe explores the music of Bach.

Ozarks at Large for Thursday, March 25, 2021

Mar 25, 2021

On today's show, we find out why home prices across Northwest Arkansas skyrocketed in the last half of 2020 and what that means for homebuyers. Plus, we hear from a transgender advocate after an Arkansas legislator files a bill that would bar public school employees from acknowledging trans students' identities. And, we continue our collaboration with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences with a conversation about ways to prevent colon cancer as we age.


In today's Sound Perimeter with University of Arkansas Professor of Music Lia Uribe, we explore how Frederic Chopin turned etudes from a piece of practice music to stand alone pieces performed in concert halls. We hear Chopin's Etude Op. 10, No. 12 in C minor Revolutionary performed by Evgeny Kissin, Sonido Bestial by Bobby Cruz and Richie Ray, and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Horn Concerto, K. 447, 3rd movement performed by Sarah Willis and the Havana Lyceum Orchestra. This segment originally aired on Sept. 17, 2020.