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 Reflections in Black, Raven profiles William Edward Burghardt Du Bois, an American sociologist, historian, civil rights activist, Pan-Africanist, author, writer, and editor. A prominent figure from the end of the 19th century through the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s,  Du Bois’s work continues to be influential in American sociology and American history.

During the month of November, KUAF will participate in the national movement called The Purple Project for Democracy. The Purple Project is a non-partisan coalition, campaign and movement, spanning the breadth of American society "to rediscover and recommit to our democratic values and institutions." 

  Starting Oct. 12, KUAF will add the popular public radio program RadioLab at 2 p.m. Saturday afternoons, and a new NPR program, It’s Been a Minute with Sam Sanders, at 11 a.m. Saturday mornings.

In addition to the new programs, the Saturday schedule will include Travel with Rick Steves and Hidden Brain. There will be changes to the Sunday schedule as well, with a new airtime of noon for the NPR program Planet Money/How I Built This.

Even though fundraising week ends Friday, Sept. 27, we are continuing our fundraising efforts until the end of the month.  This means you still have time to donate to the station you love until the end of day Monday, Sept. 30!  

This week's KUAF Vinyl Hour (Saturdays at 5 p.m. on 91.3 and Sundays at 5 p.m. on KUAF 3) is pretty basic. One great record collection and a few songs selected from it.