Timothy Dennis

Ozarks at Large Producer

Timothy is a life-long Arkansan; he grew up in the hills outside of Winslow and has lived throughout northwest and western Arkansas.  As a budding musician in his formative years, he became enthralled with recording technology, which carried over into his collegiate studies of print and multimedia journalism at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. Upon receiving his degree in journalism in 2011, Timothy immediately began working as a freelance reporter and photographer for the Washington County Observer in West Fork, Winslow and Greenland. It wasn't long before he left the newspaper business for radio and began working full-time as an announcer and news programmer for KURM AM/FM in Rogers.

After working for about a year in radio, Timothy was recruited to join the KUAF staff as a producer and reporter for Ozarks at Large, generating spot news and feature-length stories. He reports on the local music scene, interviewing and capturing performances of local and traveling performers and bands. He also works with KUAF operations staff on strategic technical planning for the station.

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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.

On today's show, we check back in with two members of the governor's Task Force to Advance the State of Law Enforcement in Arkansas to learn about the recommendations they plan to make. Plus, we head to Eureka Springs for an analysis of the local election results. And, we have a discussion about what the Republican majority in the Arkansas legislature means for Democrats and redistricting.

On today's show, we hit the streets of Fayetteville to get reactions from residents after it was projected that Joe Biden would be America's next president. Plus, we head to Holiday Island where residents voted to go from an unincorporated resort community to an incorporated town. And, as we've done most Mondays the last few months, we look back at when famous broadcasters visited Arkansas using archives from the Pryor Center.

On today's show, we catch up with Michael Tilley of Talk Business and Politics on a number of new items in the River Valley, including voters' rejection of a tax for UAFS. Plus, we speak with Kevin Flores, who made history this week as the first person of color elected to the Springdale City Council. And, we learn more about the impact the pandemic is having on local hotel business.

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.

On today's show, we look back at last night's election results in Arkansas with Roby Brock of Talk Business and Politics, who says Arkansas was already a red state, but it just got redder. Plus, we have details about the expansion of the Children's Advocacy Center of Benton County with a new facility in Gentry. And, we learn about a major grant that will allow the Northwest Arkansas Land Trust to expand its farmland preservation program.

On today's show, we get guidance from the ACLU of Arkansas on the rights of voters and how to countervail polling place intimidation. Plus, we speak with two moms who have decided to temporarily leave their jobs during the pandemic, making them some of the hundreds of thousands of women who've left the U.S. workforce because of other demands. And, we go back 50 years to another crisis that changed the way we live.

On today's show, we have the results of the latest Arkansas Poll with Director Janine Parry. Healthcare and the economy appear to be voters' biggest concerns. Plus, we have more on the state's plan to license more medical marijuana cultivation facilities and the lawsuit that aims to stop the expansion. And, we hear about the creative adjustments Halloween aficionados are making to still celebrate the holiday during a pandemic.

Courtesy / Rocket Coma

Later this week, Fayetteville-based band Rocket Coma will release a new album. Live by the Die is the band's third album, and it was recorded earlier this year, before the pandemic began. Earlier this month, the band's Quinn Landrum, Jim Looper and Willie Kreszinski spoke with Ozarks at Large about the new album.

Courtesy / Fisk University Library, Special Collections

Born in 1851, Ella Sheppard was enslaved on the Hermitage Plantation in Hermitage, Tenn. After learning that her daughter was being trained to spy on her, Ella's mother went to the river to drown both of them to escape the bonds of slavery. On approaching the river, Ella's mother was stopped by an elderly enslaved woman who insisted that no harm come to the child. Ella was eventually bought by her father and sent to Nashville. They then eventually moved to Cincinnati, where she began her musical training. She worked with distinguished music teachers to learn piano and singing.