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 show, we hear from Governor Asa Hutchinson as he provides another briefing on the number of cases of COVID-19 in the state and a new waiver for those who are seeking unemployment. Plus, we head to Washington Regional Medical Center, which just opened coronavirus screening clinics in Fayetteville and Eureka Springs. And, we find out about the emergency measures passed by the Fayetteville City Council in a special meeting Monday afternoon in response to the virus.

Ozarks at Large New Director and Host Kyle Kellams and KUAF Station Manager Leigh Wood discuss how KUAF 91.3 is adjusting its operations in response to COVID-19.

KUAF COVID-19 Coverage

Mar 12, 2020

March 12, 2020 3:12 p.m. -- As the COVID-19 outbreak begins to spread in Arkansas, we at KUAF want to assure you that we are committed to bringing you up-to-the-minute, accurate information on a national, regional and local level.

NWA Alive

Raven Cook, host of the weekly Reflections in Black, a weekly segment on Ozarks at Large exploring the legacy of black Americans, is the focus of NWA Alive's video feature this week. An Associate Museum Educator for Outreach and Community Tours for Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Raven is also a the creator of Foundations: Black History Educational Programming.

KUAF Membership Director Cheri Ottaviano delivered dozens of boxes of donations from KUAF's Giving Tree to Antioch for Youth and Family Food Bank in Fort Smith over the weekend. Antioch for Youth and Family provides nutritious and simple meals to Arkansans in need. You can learn more about Antioch's mission and work here. 

KUAF's Season of Giving Fundraiser begins next Monday, December 9th at 6 a.m. During this on-air fundraiser, we hope to raise $50,000 to pay for programming for the radio station throughout the year. And as it is the Season of Giving, there are many reasons to give to KUAF this year!

As a thank you for a donation of $60, or a sustaining pledge of $5 a month, you can declare your love for KUAF with a Public Radio Nerd mug. Or even better, you can make a donation in that amount in a friend or loved ones' name, and we'll send them a mug!

KUAF Live CD 2019

Nov 22, 2019

During our winter fundraiser, December 9th through the 13th, KUAF will once again offer a collection of performances recorded for Ozarks at Large throughout the year.

KUAF Live 2019 is a double CD of 23 performances, all recorded live at the KUAF studios, the Carver Center for Public Radio or at Fayetteville Public Television. Most were recorded in the Firmin-Garner Performance studio and all tracks were recorded for Ozarks at Large in 2019. 

Celebrate with KUAF as we kick off the holiday season! Join us for the first 10 days of Holidaze, the cocktail pop-up bar in the old Stage Eighteen space at 18 E. Center Street. From November 20th to the 29th, a portion of the proceeds of Holidaze will be donated to KUAF! We have two unique events so you celebrate any way you want with custom cocktails and food from Persephone on Wheels, and you'll be supporting your public radio station.

 

On today’s show, we explain why four Arkansas behavioral health providers are merging. Plus, a merger of music, food and wine: a maestro and a chef decide how to put together a night of all kinds of tastes.  And, we have a rundown of a weekend of music that includes a festival that's been going on for 72 years.

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.

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