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

Sound Perimeter: Exploring the Lullaby

Sep 24, 2020

This week, University of Arkansas Music Professor Lia Uribe explores the lullaby, which is a song typically used to calm children to put them to sleep. We explore the style with selections from Amos Cochrane and Chucho Valdez. This segment originally aired on July 1, 2020.

On today's show, we have a look at a future park in Bentonville that will be the new home of the Confederate monument that stood on the downtown square up until earlier this month. Plus, we preview a lecture that examines the ways food impacts us beyond its taste. And, we explore the meaning of revolution with Lia Uribe in this week's Sound Perimeter.

Sound Perimeter: Let's Start a Revolution

Sep 17, 2020
Courtesy / Sarah Willis

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.

On today's show, we head to Springdale where the Arkansas Coalition of Marshallese has opened a new pantry that stocks foods Pacific Islanders prefer and need, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. Plus, we discuss the evolution of what it means to be a conservative with a professor at the University of Arkansas ahead of his lecture on the subject next week. And, we find out what the state's tourism and hospitality industries will need to survive the pandemic.

Sound Perimeter: Cheers and Tears

Sep 10, 2020
Courtesy / Tina Oppenheimer

On today's Sound Perimeter, University of Arkansas Music Professor Lia Uribe explores the uniqueness of music that combines beauty and sadness and its ability to reach the core of our humanness. Uribe includes the following pieces of music to illustrate her point: Ludwig van Beethoven's Symphony 7 in A major, opus 92, second movement performed by the Vienna Philharmonic under the direction of Leonard Bernstein, Samuel Barber's Adagio for Strings and Maxence Cyrin's piano cover of "Where is My Mind" by The Pixies.

Courtesy / Kronos Quartet

In today's Sound Perimeter, we learn more about string quartets, a chamber music group that consists of four string musicians: two violin players, one viola player and a cellist. The string quartet has been perhaps the most recognized chamber ensemble since the 1750s when classical composer Franz Joseph Haydn started writing for that instrument combination. String quartet also denotes the name of the pieces written for that ensemble.

The New Classroom is a special reporting series, supported by The Walton Family Foundation, exploring the struggles, changes and innovations in education during the COVID-19 pandemic. You can find all reports for this series here. 

On today's show, we have the latest information from the governor's coronavirus response briefing. Plus, we explain what's contributing to the difference between the COVID-19 death toll figures reported by county coroners and those reported by the Arkansas Department of Health. And, we find out how Arts Live Theatre is adapting to the realities of holding performances during a pandemic.

Sound Perimeter: Are Bird Songs Music?

Aug 27, 2020
Courtesy / Brad Trent

Lia Uribe is a music professor at the University of Arkansas and recently, she had a discussion with her students about whether bird songs can be considered music. Uribe explores that idea with classical works inspired by birds and their songs, including Antonio Vivaldi's Spring Concerto, 1st Movement (from the Four Seasons), Olivier Messiaen's Quartet for the End of Time, 3rd movement called "Abyss of the Birds," and Meredith Monk's Bird Code.

Z. Sitek / KUAF

The Giving Tree is making an early appearance in KUAF's lobby. Instead of collecting donations for a local organization during the holiday season, we've set up the Giving Tree in August to collect donations of personal protective equipment for public schools. General Manager Leigh Wood explains how it works.