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.

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Ozarks at Large for Thursday, December 10, 2020

Dec 10, 2020

On today's show, we hear from the governor, a mayor and a protester following yesterday's community meeting in Springdale regarding the ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic in the region. Plus, we find out how a partnership between a local church and homeless center is ensuring people who are unsheltered can still access necessary services this winter. And, we get in the holiday spirit with a new edition of Sound Perimeter.

Feliz Navidad From Sound Perimeter

Dec 10, 2020

As we head into Christmas, University of Arkansas Music Professor Lia Uribe brings us a selection of pieces from Latino musicians to get us in the holiday spirit. You'll hear Feliz Navidad by Jose Feliciano, Esta Navidad by Willie Colon and Hector Lavoe, Amarga Navidad by Lila Downs and Navidad en Verano by Mercedes Sosa.

On today's show, we have an inside look at what the governor's executive order expediting nursing licenses and waiving application fees means for the state's medical systems. Plus, we speak with the chief of the Cherokee Nation to find out how the tribe has been able to control the spread of COVID-19 on its reservation. And, we have a new edition of Sound Perimeter that focuses on music composed for string instruments.

Sound Perimeter: Strung Together

Dec 3, 2020
Courtesy / David Zentz

In today's Sound Perimeter, University of Arkansas Music Professor Lia Uribe brings us several pieces of music composed for string instruments. They include: Nocturne, the third movement of Alexander Borodin's Second String Quartet as performed by the U of A Department of Music String Quartet, Takashi Yoshimatsu's "And the Birds Are Still...", and Arvo Part's "Spiegel im Spiegel" from "Smile" as performed by Anne Akiko Meyers.

Z. Sitek / KUAF

KUAF General Manager Leigh Wood and Ozarks at Large Host Kyle Kellams discuss the state of the station in what has been a most unusual, challenging, constructive and emotional year. We also wanted to thank you, our listeners, members and sustainers, for your continued support of KUAF 91.3.

On today's show, we find out how the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted another aspect of education: college entrance exams. Plus, we speak with the superintendent of the Siloam Springs School District about the decision to shut down two schools to in-person instruction this month. And, we hear about the latest design projects funded by the Walton Family Foundation Northwest Arkansas Design Excellence Program.

Sound Perimeter: The Blue in Music

Nov 12, 2020
Courtesy / Andrew Bogard

Lia Uribe explores blue in the latest "Sound Perimeter." She considers Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue, Jennifer Higdon's Blue Cathedral and more. This segment originally aired on July 16, 2020.

On today's show, we have highlights from Governor Asa Hutchinson's weekly coronavirus response briefing, which included new guidelines for houses of worship. Plus, we have information on how to apply for a new rental assistance program funded by federal money allocated to the state. And, we speak with members of The Crumbs about their newest album in three years.

Born in 1898, Septima P. Clark was a civil rights activist and educator. She worked with the NAACP and other civil rights organizations, and she was a teacher for more than 40 years. This is her story. This segment originally aired on March 6, 2019.

On today's show, we learn more about the historic number of minority candidates and voters who turned out for the 2020 election. Plus, we find out about the successful bipartisan legislative efforts that have made Arkansas a leading state for human rights for children. And, we'll tell you about the tree climbing championships that are coming to Fayetteville this weekend.

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