Friday, May 20, 2016

Radio CALS - May 20, 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 (5/20/16) features:
  • A conversation between Lisa Donovan, assistant director for youth services at CALS, and Bobby Roberts, former director of CALS, regarding the Child Nutrition Program created by Roberts prior to his retirement
  • An interview with Carol-Ann Blow, who attended Catholic schools in Little Rock during desegregation and was the first African-American student to attend Mount St. Mary Academy 
  • Information about and music by Sonny Burgess, who will perform with his band, the Legendary Pacers, for the Arkansas Sounds monthly concert series tonight (Friday, May 20) at 7 p.m. at the CALS Ron Robinson Theater
  • Bizarre Arkansas, with a story about Gerald L.K. Smith, a minister and political agitator who built a series of “Sacred Projects,” tourist attractions with a religious theme, in Eureka Springs beginning in the 1960s
  • Chewing the Fat with Rex and Paul, who talk about barbecue, Rien Fertel, the Arkansas Literary Festival, Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, the concept of whole hog barbecue, buffalo ribs (a form of fish), catfish (a slice of pork), attendant confusion about that, Craig’s at DeValls Bluff, famous pie lady Mary Thomas, Lena’s fried pies, the White Pig Inn, Caddo Valley, the Pig Pit, Mrs. Jack Frost, Burge’s in Little Rock, Lewisville, Prescott, Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia, Maxine’s, the White House in Camden, El Dorado, the Smithsonian’s Museum on Main Street program, the Lassis Inn in Little Rock, Central Fish Market in Pine Bluff, Greider Field, Saracen Lake, Ruby Jones, the Produce Shed, the Bulldog in Bald Knob, strawberry shortcake, Shane Broadway, Whole Hog Barbecue, the Dixie Pig in Blytheville, hot sauce, chicken livers, Doe’s Eat Place, and Bill Bryson
  • More information about and music by Sonny Burgess & the Legendary Pacers, with an interview of Bobby Crafford, drummer for Sonny Burgess & the Legendary Pacers, who talks about highlights of the band's history, including meeting Elvis and performing with Sun Records legends such as Roy Orbison, Johnny Cash, and Jerry Lee Lewis
  • An interview with Mike Polston, co-author of To Can the Kaiser: Arkansas and the Great War, published by Butler Center Books 
  • Selections from a CALS Con discussion of Studio Ghibli; CALS Con is the library system's free annual celebration of all things fandom
  • Selections from an Arkansas Sounds concert featuring Sonny Burgess & the Legendary Pacers
Links related to this broadcast:

Roberts Children's Nutrition Fund

Sounds in the Stacks: Sam Carroll, keyboardist for Rodney Block & the Real Music Lovers
Thursday, May 26, 6:30 p.m.
Dee Brown Library
6325 Baseline Rd., Little Rock
Free and open to the public

This Month in Arkansas History: Ruth McEnery Stuart

EOA entry on Sonny Burgess

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

EOA entry on Gerald L.K. Smith

Arkansas Declaration of Learning

This Month in Arkansas History: The Legend of Boggy Creek

To Can the Kaiser: Arkansas and the Great War

Sounds in the Stacks: Brenda & Ellis
Thursday, June 9, 6:30 p.m.
Main Library
100 S. Rock Street, Little Rock
Free and open to the public

For more information about CALS Con, contact Laura Neale at

This Month in Arkansas History: Rabbi Ira Sanders

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 Kate Chagnon, Stewart Fuell, Rod Lorenzen, John Miller, Sarah Stricklin, David Stricklin, and Glenn Whaley. Voices by Kate Chagnon, 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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