The Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) is taking to the airwaves with a weekly radio show on KABF beginning today, Friday, January 8, from noon-2 p.m. Check back here at noon today and every Friday to find links to resources mentioned in the show, a link to listen to an archived audio copy of the broadcast, and credits.
As part of an underwriting agreement with the community radio station, the show will feature a combination of Arkansas-related music and library-related news and interviews that are conducted by staff.
The Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, CALS' Arkansas history department, has an extensive collection of music by Arkansas musicians and about Arkansas. The Butler Center has also collected many oral histories, or stories of the lives of Arkansans. These audio files will be included in the programming, which is a way to promote a greater understanding and appreciation of Arkansas history, literature, art, and culture.
CALS Director Bobby Roberts said, "This new underwriting agreement will enable us to offer news of CALS programming, recordings of public appearances by authors and other speakers, and excerpts of oral histories and other historical materials in free, readily accessible ways. This will be of special benefit to people who are homebound or who have visual limitations."
KABF 88.3FM is a community-based, listener-supported, noncommercial, nonprofit tax exempt organization. Broadcasting at 100,000 watts throughout central Arkansas and beyond, the maximum allowed by the FCC, KABF has been on the air for 31-years as the "Voice of the People" in Arkansas with 50,000 listeners weekly. KABF provides block programming across all of the musical and public affairs interests from jazz to blues to gospel to rock, as well as uniquely providing the first Spanish, Indian, and other voices in Arkansas that cannot be heard anywhere else. KABF is live streamed at www.kabf.org, distributed around the country and globally to other stations with many shows available on podcasts on our website as well. To live stream, just click "Listen Live" at the top of the screen on KABF's home page.
To learn more, contact Lee Ann Blackwell Hoskyn or 501-918-3029.