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

The KUAF 'Giving Tree' is making its appearance early this year! For the past decade, the KUAF Giving Tree has benefitted numerous non-profit entities in the Ozarks during the month of December.  

But we're unpacking it early this year to benefit our local public school teachers and their students. Many schools – while receiving aid from the state – still do not have the Personal Protection Equipment they need.

On today's show, we have the latest updates from the governor's coronavirus response briefing. Plus, we hear from Arkansas Secretary of Education Johnny Key in part two of our interview as schools get ready to reopen to students on Monday. And, we have details on a hate crime bill drafted by a bipartisan group of lawmakers that had the support of both the governor and Arkansas's attorney general.

Sound Perimeter: Bach is Always Back

Aug 20, 2020
Courtesy / Bela Fleck

This week, University of Arkansas Music Professor Lia Uribe introduces us to the various interpretations of music by Johann Sebastian Bach. We'll hear Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D minor, as well as Bela Fleck's rendition of Partita No. 1003, Gabriela Montero's performance of Air in G and Violin Concerto in A minor by Bobby McFerrin.

On today's show, we have the latest information from the governor's coronavirus response briefing. Plus, we head to Harrison where a group is demanding the removal of a racist billboard advertising a White Nationalist internet broadcast. And, we learn about a book that aims to help children cope with fears that may come with having a teacher with a partially covered face in school this year.

Sound Perimeter: Imani Winds

Aug 13, 2020
Courtesy / Arts Management Group

This week, University of Arkansas Music Professor Lia Uribe expands our musical boundaries with a performance by Imani Winds, an ensemble of classically trained musicians of color, who are determined to make a statement about representation and be role models for children and young musicians who look like them.

On today's Sound Perimeter with Lia Uribe, we hear Ludwig van Beethoven's Symphony #5 in C minor, as well as Cinco Salsa, an arrangement of the same work, performed by the Norwegian Radio Orchestra and Hovedoen Social Club.



Thanks to so many of you, KUAF reached our June fundraising goal of $35,000 raised! Because of this we've been able to 'unlock' an additional $19,000 in Challenge pledges from many generous KUAF donors. That's more than $54,000 raised for KUAF! Your support makes everything you hear on KUAF possible, especially our local news program, Ozarks at Large.

With a new goal of $75,000 after successfully reaching $50,000, KUAF's fundraiser moves into the next-to-last day during this strange and uncertain spring. General Manager Leigh Wood provides an update.

The KUAF spring fundraiser is missing its in-person volunteers, the phone calls and the restaurant participation, but listeners, who are able, are contributing. Leigh Wood, KUAF's general manager, explains.

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