Friday, May 17th, 1957. KASU radio station signed on the air on the campus of Arkansas State College in Jonesboro. The frequency is 91.9 FM. The station broadcasted out of the Wilson Hall building and the signal strength was 760 watts…which gave the station a coverage distance of 20 miles. Dr. Carl R. Reng was extremely pleased with KASU. He gave the opening speech when KASU signed on the air…the Arkansas State Band performed a concert…and interviews were conducted on air with students and faculty members. Reng was the president of Arkansas State College.
That's the only way Kary Story, Mayor of Pocahontas, can describe the record flooding coming to his city. The National Weather Service in Memphis on Tuesday issued a Flash Flood Warning for southeastern Randolph County, and central Lawrence County.
7 people in Arkansas are dead as a result of flooding in the state so far, and the worst of the flooding is yet to come. KASU’s Johnathan Reaves has more:
Governor Asa Hutchinson toured some of the hard hit areas today, which are in Randolph and Lawrence Counties. He held a press conference in Pocahontas, where the Black River is overtaking a key levee. Hutchinson says a historic crest of the Black River, as well as additional rain coming, is expected to make a bad situation much worse:
The National Weather Service says the Black River is expected to flow over a levee in Pocahontas today, forcing many in the east side of town to evacuate. Officials say the flooding is imminent and they are expecting businesses, homes and structures to flood.
When the river crests Friday, it is expected to be about 29.5 feet, which is well above flood stage. It is also expected to be over a foot higher than the historic 2011 Black River flooding, which caused millions of dollars in damage and killed 14 people across the state.
A new book that details the history of the Rock Island Railroad in Arkansas has been released. Learn the importance of this railroad to Arkansas and what happened to the Rock Island Railroad in the state. KASU's News Director Johnathan Reaves interviewed KUAR's News Director and author of the book Rock Island Railroad in Arkansas, Michael Hibblen. Listen to the interview here.
Arkansas State University System President Dr. Charles Welch has released a statement on how the university system will respond to the recent act that will allow concealed handguns to be carried on campus. The full text is below:
I want to update the entire Arkansas State University System community on how we plan to move forward with the implementation of Act 562 of 2017, which concerns the possession of concealed handguns on our campuses.
Encouraging lawmakers to make informed policy decisions when it comes to legislation about science…that is the goal of a march that occurs this month at the state capitol in Little Rock. The theme for the event is “Stand Up for Science.” Dr. Michele Merritt is assistant professor of philosophy at Arkansas State University. She came up with the idea of a March for Science.
"You don't have to be a scientist to appreciate science," says Merritt. "I am not a science professor, but I rely on science and I wanted to protect what I see is valuable research that is going on."
The 23rd Delta Symposium at Arkansas State University starts Wednesday, April 5th and runs through Saturday, April 8th. Listen to the entire interview to get information about the festival. The interview features Dr. Gregory Hansen with Arkansas State. Learn more about the lineup of the festival symposium here.
Arkansas State University Athletics Director Terry Mohajir introduced the next men’s basketball coach at Arkansas State. Mike Balado spent the last four season as an assistant coach at the University of Louisville.
Arkansas State University is looking for a new men's basketball coach after Grant McCasland resigned Monday. McCasland is now the men's basketball coach for the North Texas Mean Green. . McCasland was 20 and 12 overall and 11 and seven in the Sun Belt Conference as the Red Wolves head men’s coach.
$100 million dollars from private investors have already been poured into the ASU-Queretaro Campus in Queretaro, Mexico. ASU System President Dr. Charles Welch says over 4,000 students have inquired or applied for the open positions that are available for the first class that will be open in August.
The new campus is actually a mixed-use design with the new campus as the anchor. The total master plan community consists of over 2,000 acres…370 acres consist of the campus, with the rest a mix of residential and commercial properties.
In this interview, KASU's News Director Johnathan Reaves talks with Dr. Adam Long with the Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum and Educational Center in Piggot. Dr. Long talks about the center and the upcoming spring trip to Cuba. Several openings are still available for the trip. Learn more by listening to the entire interview.
A partnership between Arkansas’ two major universities will allow students to get a dual degree in poultry sciences.
Arkansas leads the nation in poultry production. With Tyson Foods in northwest Arkansas and Ozark Mountain Poultry and Peco Foods in eastern Arkansas, more graduates are needed in the field of poultry science.
Arkansas State University has announced that it has opened the search for a new permanent chancellor in Jonesboro. System president Dr. Charles Welch made the announcement in an email sent to members within the university system. Please view the entire letter below:
An annual music festival to celebrate the music of the Man in Black is literally being moved to the Johnny Cash Boyhood Home…or that is, next to the home.
In 2011, Arkansas State University started the process of acquiring and restoring the Johnny Cash Boyhood Home in Dyess. In order to raise funds for the project, the Johnny Cash Music Festival was held in Jonesboro.
Over the years, the boyhood house, the old theatre building and the administration building have been restored under the first phase of the project, thanks to the proceeds from the music festival.
In this congressional interview, KASU News Director Johnathan Reaves asks Congressman Rick Crawford listener questions about President Trump's executive order concerning travel bans, repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act and his thoughts on government funding of the arts, humanities and the Corporation of Public Broadcasting. He was also asked about a new farm bill and regulations. Click on the Listen button to hear the interview.