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

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.

Sound Perimeter: Some of These Days

Mar 18, 2021

On this week's Sound Perimeter, we take a listen to some of Lia Uribe's favorite pieces of music. Uribe is a music professor at the University of Arkansas. We listen to Nina Simone's rendition of George Gershwin's "I loves you Porgy," Astor Piazzolla's "Adios Nonino," and Lara Downes' rendition of Florence Price's "Some of These Days."

Ozarks at Large for Thursday, March 11, 2021

Mar 11, 2021

On today's show, we head to Fayetteville's industrial park where a group of residents is concerned an unmarked cemetery is being covered up by a development. Plus, we find out what the new guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention mean for Arkansans who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. And, we celebrate the many identities of women in this week's edition of Sound Perimeter with University of Arkansas Music Professor Lia Uribe.

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Today's Sound Perimeter with University of Arkansas Music Professor Lia Uribe celebrates the various identities of women in music during Women's History month. The segment includes performances of "if you lived in your body" by Chrysanthe Tan and "Four on the Floor" by Libby Larsen.

Ozarks at Large for Thursday, March 4, 2021

Mar 4, 2021

On today's show, we hear from utility company customers and representatives as they assess the impact of the back to back winter storms that slammed the state with record low temperatures and several inches of snow. Plus, after nearly a year since most Arkansas inmates have been permitted to have in person visits, we have the details on a Department of Corrections modified visitation pilot program. And, we find out about the expansion that's taking place at a Springdale-based cidery.

Sound Perimeter: Our Own

Mar 4, 2021
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This week's Sound Perimeter, hosted by University of Arkansas Music Professor Lia Uribe, features works performed by talent at the U of A. We'll hear Vincenzo Bellini's "Eccomi in lieta vesta" by soprano Moon-Sook Park with Anne Rye on piano, Rafael Antonio Aponte's "Clarita" with Catalina Ortega on flute and Miroslava Panayotova on piano, and Noelia Escalzo's "Malevos" performed by Jaden Adkins, Jessica Thompson, Sara Remoy, Cole Crawford and Connor Gott, all on bassoon.

Ozarks at Large for Thursday, February 25, 2021

Feb 25, 2021

On today's show, we hear about the latest findings in the 2021 Rural Profile of Arkansas Report from the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. Plus, we speak with attorneys from Legal Aid of Arkansas about the lawsuit the organization filed against the Division of Workforce Services as problems with the state's unemployment benefits system persist. And, we head to the Northwest Arkansas Ballet Theatre as dancers get ready for their first live performance since the start of the pandemic.

Sound Perimeter: The Virtuosos

Feb 25, 2021
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On this week's edition of Sound Perimeter, University of Arkansas Music Professor Lia Uribe introduces us to virtuosos Valentina Lisitsa as she performs Sergei Rachmaninoff's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43 on the piano, Santiago Canon Valencia as he performs Niccolo Paganini's Caprice No. 24 on the cello, and Victor Wooten as he performs The Lesson on the bass.

Ozarks at Large for Thursday, February 18, 2021

Feb 18, 2021

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.