Friday, May 13, 2016

Radio CALS - May 13, 2016

Radio CALS airs on KABF 88.3 FM in Little Rock from noon-2 p.m. every Friday. It may be streamed live at (click "Listen Live") or anytime at

Today's broadcast of Radio CALS (5/13/16) features:
  • Information about and music by Charlie Rich, a country music legend from Colt, Arkansas, whose son will perform for the Arkansas Sounds monthly concert series on Friday, May 20, at 7 p.m. at CALS Ron Robinson Theater 
  • An interview with Carmen Alexandria, an Arkansas artist whose paintings and prints are featured tonight at Butler Center Galleries for Second Friday Art Night, 5-8 p.m.
  • An interview with Sgt. Allen L. "Sonny" Dunn, a veteran of the Korean War and native of Fayetteville, Arkansas; interview conducted by Brian Robertson, senior archivist and manager of research services at the Butler Center, for the Korean War Project
  • A reading of an article from Radio Topics Magazine (September, 1922) written by Harvey C. Couch, the entrepreneur who upgraded local utilities and founded what is now known as Entergy
  • Bizarre Arkansas, with a story about a traveling salesman known only as "Old Mike" who became a macabre tourist attraction in Prescott when he passed away and his corpse was displayed for many years while attempts were made to determine his identity
  • Chewing the Fat with Rex and Paul, who talk about railroads, Rex’s first solo train ride, the Imboden station, Hoxie, Gurdon, the beauty of old train stations, Arkandelphia, Prescott, Mena, Little Rock, how the Imboden town marshall got around not having a car, Merle Haggard, hobo “hotels,” how Paul scared himself while reading In Cold Blood, the Sloan family of Northeast Arkansas, Sloan-Hendrix Academy, the Imboden library’s pancake breakfast, how Paul swiped fried pies at the pancake breakfast, the Lion’s Club pancake breakfast in Arkadelphia, Des Arc, Paul’s theory about the poor effects or air conditioning on small towns, Christ Church in Little Rock, Douglas MacArthur’s baptism there, Rev. Rufus J. Womble, Richard Butler, Catholic Bishop Andrew McDonald, Will Stephens, Mr. Stephens’s driver’s habit of adding “Jesus wept” to the end of every prayer, former coach Ken Hatfield’s use of Bible verses in his TV program about Razorback football, and the crushing effects of football losses on the Arkansas psyche
  • A "CALS Story" from Chris Hancock of the Historic Arkansas Museum and Create Little Rock; Hancock talks about the last five books he read
  • Selections from Bagels & Books, a partnership between the CALS Hillary Rodham Clinton Children's Library & Learning Center and jUSt, a pending nonprofit that serves as the leadership for Global Kids Arkansas; this week's segment features a multigenerational conversation about feminism, misogyny, and sexism (continued from last week); panelist Amber Smith expands upon the constricting realities of gender roles within sexist thinking
  • Information about and music by Iris DeMent and Tracy Lawrence
  • Selections from an Arkansas Sounds concert featuring Sonny Burgess & the Legendary Pacers
Links related to this broadcast:

EOA entry on Charlie Rich

Charlie Rich Jr. and Sonny Burgess & the Legendary Pacers
Presented by Arkansas Sounds
Friday, May 20, 7 p.m.
CALS Ron Robinson Theater
100 River Market Ave.
Tickets: $20, available online or in Butler Center Galleries

Second Friday Art Night
Friday, May 13 (tonight), 5-8 p.m.
Butler Center Galleries
401 Pres. Clinton Ave.
Featured artist: Carmen Alexandria
Featured music: DJ Harlem James

This Month in Arkansas History: Johnnie Taylor

Full interview with Sgt. Allen L. "Sonny" Dunn

Forgotten: The Arkansas Korean War Project

Sounds in the Stacks: A Free Concert Series
Thursday, May 26, 6:30 p.m.
Sam Carroll will play piano in the stacks
Dee Brown Library
6325 Baseline Road, Little Rock

Finding aid for the Couch-Remmel family papers

EOA entry on "Old Mike" 

CALS Stories Adventure Challenge

This Month in Arkansas History: Steve's Show
Music used in this broadcast was created by:
Radio CALS is a production of the Central Arkansas Library System (CALS), its Arkansas history department, the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, and the CALS Community Outreach Department. For more information, visit and Radio CALS was produced this week by Stephanie Bayless, Lee Ann Blackwell Hoskyn, Kate Chagnon, Stewart Fuell, John Miller, Brian Robertson, Sarah Stricklin, David Stricklin, and Glenn Whaley. Voices by Kate Chagnon, Mark Hotchkiss, Stacy Pendergraft, and Jasmine Jobe. Engineering and editing by Michael Stotts and Anna Lancaster. Our production manager is Glenn Whaley. Our executive producers are Lee Ann Blackwell Hoskyn and David Stricklin. 


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