Friday, July 29, 2016

Radio CALS - July 29, 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 (7/29/16) features:
  • Selections from a panel discussion about the transformation of Arkansas politics in the 1970s, co-hosted by the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies and the Clinton School of Public Service on July 8. The conversation included Senator David Pryor, journalist Ernie Dumas, ex-Dale Bumpers staffer Archie Schaffer, and political columnist John Brummett.
  • Relics of Arkansas History with Bob Denman with information on Old Mike, a morbid tourist attraction from days gone by in south Arkansas
  • Selections from an interview of Philip McMath about his father, Sid McMath
  • Relics of Arkansas History with Bob Denman with information on BB King
  • Chewing the Fat with Rex and Paul, who wrap up their acccount of the PurpleHull Pea Festival and World Championship Rotary Tiller Race in Emerson, Arkansas, and discuss their trip home, including information on the geography of Garland, Arkansas, (hint: it looks like Crowley's Ridge), the Four States Fairgrounds in Texarkana, the desire to get home before dark, the rough appearance of stateline beer joints, Paul's memory of a humanities trip to Oklahoma and his attempts to blend in at the Idabel Country Club, Rex and Paul's shared appreciation for the Idabel Comfort Inn and its Italian restaurant, ideas for a movie to preserve unique Arkansas culture, the remarkable basketball traditions of Magnolia and surrounding towns, notable writers and an opera singer from Emerson, the surprising information that Geoffrey Beene is from Haynesville, Louisiana, the proper pronunciation of Paul's hometown, Imboden (emphasis on the "Im-"), the unfortunate closing of Maxine's in Prescott, the sad fact that Rex and Paul ate only four meals during their daytrip home from Emerson, their plans for eating many more meals on Radio CALS' tab, the indescribable nature of the World Championship Rotary Tiller Race, the competitive scheduling of Hope and Cave City's watermelon festivals (on the same day!), and much more
  • Music from the Butler Center's Arkansas Sounds music collection
Links related to this broadcast:

Full video of Legacies & Lunch from July 8

This Month in Arkansas History: Leon Niehues

Relics of Arkansas History: Old Mike

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Full interview of Philip McMath
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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, Lee Ann Blackwell Hoskyn, Bob Denman, John Miller, David Stricklin, and Glenn Whaley. Voices by John Miller 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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