Friday, November 4, 2016

Radio CALS - November 4, 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 (11/4/16) features:

  • In this week’s Primary Sources podcast, Part Two: Paul Austin sits down with the retired professional basketball player Sidney Moncrief to discuss some of Moncrief's earliest memories growing up in Little Rock and how that upbringing would prepare him for life; first at the University of Arkansas where he led the Razorbacks to the 1978 NCAA Final Four; then on to a successful career in the NBA where Moncrief was a five time all-star and twice the NBA Defensive Player of the Year, and later as a coach. Today, Moncrief runs a high performance people development company entitled Moncrief One Team. 
  • Bizarre Arkansas, featuring information on Hot Springs and the alligator farm that housed a mummified merman, the ostrich farm that was home to over 300 African ostriches, and more in this town during the early twentieth century.
  • In the early days of baseball, after spring training in Hot Springs, the Boston Red Sox and the Baltimore Robins wanted to play exhibition games for the U.S. military.  For Camp Pike, problem was the North Little Rock military base had no suitable facility to hold a major league game.  Hear the impressive tale about what happens next and the remarkable, but short-lived story of Camp Pike baseball on this week's Relics. 
  • An interview with sisters Debra Brown and Regine Notto, who share their memories of growing up in El Dorado, Arkansas, with their loving, close-knit family.
  • This week, Rex and Paul chew the fat about coaches and broadcasters of college and high school football and baseball, Bill Johnson, Bennie Ellender, Bill Burgey, the Slovak Oyster Supper, Freddie Lisko and his fame as a punt blocker, Clovis Swinney, the old ROTC requirement at ASU, President Reng’s prediction that making it optional would not decrease the size of the ASU cadet corps (wrong), Rex’s ROTC sharpshooter award at Ouachita, the gloriously named Sergeant Major Penanganang, Paul’s plentiful Army ROTC demerits and dismal service in the Arkansas counter-guerilla unit, which contributed to his decision to join the Navy, Estes Stadium in Conway, the effects of 9/11 on college football, Rex’s strenuous preparations to broadcast games, Jeff Root, Vin Scully and the L.A. Dodgers, the decreased celebrity of radio play-by-play announcers in college football, Paul’s claim that Detroit Tigers great George Kell was really from Imboden, the 1968 World Series, the first time a Sloan-Hendrix High School basketball game was on the radio, the Witt brothers, the Memphis Chicks on WREC, announcers who recreated baseball games for radio broadcast, Jim Elder, and Paul and Rex’s plan to attend the NEA basketball tournament, provided food can be worked into the trip.
  • Music from the Butler Center's Arkansas Sounds music collection.
Links related to this broadcast:

The full Chewing the Fat podcast is now available at

Arkansas Sounds: CeDell Davis
Friday, November 4, 7 p.m.
CALS Ron Robinson Theater
100 River Market Ave.
General admission: $10

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, Bob Denman, Stewart Fuell, John Miller, Brett Ratliff, Keeley Wooten, 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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