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JONESBORO – Arkansas’s oldest public broadcasting station, KASU Radio 91.9 FM of Arkansas State University, will present “Jazz for the Holidays”, Saturday Dec. 9, at 7:30 p.m., in downtown Pocahontas, at The Rendezvous Event Center, 106 West Everett Street.

Featured musicians will perform traditional holiday songs with jazzed-up arrangements and improvisational jam sections to create a festive atmosphere for all. Admission price at the door is a $10 suggested donation and $5 for students.  The concert has underwriting support from River Bank of Pocahontas and Corning.

JONESBORO – Arkansas State University news outlets brought home Diamond Journalism Awards from the Society of Professional Journalists Arkansas Region, Tuesday, Nov. 14, at the annual SPJ banquet in Little Rock.

A-State outlets including The Herald, the Delta Digital News Service and A-State’s public broadcasting service KASU 91.9 FM received recognition at the banquet held at the Flying Saucer in the River Market district. KASU’s news director Johnathan Reaves and Arkansas Public Media reporter Ann Kenda won for their work simulcast on Arkansas Public Media.

During the 60th anniversary of KASU, it is only appropriate to turn attention to the future of KASU.  What will the next 60 years hold for KASU?  To answer that question, it is important to look at how public broadcasting stations are funded. 

During our KASU Sixtieth Anniversary celebration, we’ve been broadcasting historical features like this one, produced by station manager Mike Doyle.  Mike interviewed an A-State alumnus who has had a long career in broadcast and print media advertising sales after working at KASU during his years as a student majoring in radio-television.  Listen to the entire interview above.  

KASU is a station that has had many broadcasting "firsts" in its 60 years.  In this story, we will look at some of the ways KASU has been the first station in the region, and in some cases, in the state at certain accomplishments.  The series started with the mention that KASU is the oldest non-commercial radio station in Arkansas.  Notice I said it is not the FIRST non-commercial radio station.  Retired Department Chair of Radio-TV and KASU station manager Richard Carvell explains:

Today, we have a wide range of choices when it comes to programming.  No matter whether it is TV, radio or other forms of media, there are lots of choices.  KASU gets a lot of its programming from NPR, which comes to the station through satellite feeds.  Which made me wonder...what was it like during the early days of KASU?  How did KASU fill those hours of programming?  Professor in the Department of Media Dr. Mary Jackson-Pitts says in the 1950s, many newly formed FM stations had a hard time finding programming.

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.

For KASU, I’m Johnathan Reaves.  60 years ago, KASU signed on to the air with these words:

"Good afternoon, everyone.  KASU, an educational non-commercial radio station, now begins broadcast operations on this day, the seventeenth of May, 1957."       

Kevin Prater Band to Perform at Next Bluegrass Monday

Feb 16, 2017
Arkansas State University

JONESBORO — The Kevin Prater Band will perform a concert Monday, Feb. 27, at 7 p.m. at the Collins Theatre, 120 West Emerson Street, in downtown Paragould.  The concert is part of the Bluegrass Monday concert series presented by KASU 91.9 FM.  KASU will literally “pass the hat” to collect money to pay the musicians.  The suggested donation is $5 per person.

As longtime public radio talk show host Diane Rehm retires, her midday slot will be filled with a new show called 1A, NPR member station WAMU announced Wednesday.

The new live two-hour show — with a name reminiscent of a newspaper front page, as well as the First Amendment — will be hosted by Joshua Johnson, co-creator and host of the radio series Truth Be Told about race in America.

Police & city employee salary wages, property maintenance code, flooding prevention, dueling convention center projects, congested roads....  This year's Jonesboro Mayoral race has a lot riding on it. 

KASU wants to connect you to this year's candidates in a fair and balanced forum.  Beginning Thursday, September 22 during NPR's Morning Edition, KASU's Jonathan Reaves will interview all 6 of the candidates one at a time.  

To “FIND ” KASU’s next Community Concert Event – get “LOST”!

KASU Radio’s next concert in Jonesboro will be on July 21 with Mark Currey playing at Lost Pizza Company, 906 Southwest Drive, Suite A.

Mark Currey is a Little Rock singer-songwriter whose roots run through North Texas and Southeast Arkansas. Inspired by roots rock, classic country, folk and Americana music -- as well as southern gothic literature --  Mark says “I’m a storyteller searching for an  honest expression of my own Southern voice. “

New statewide radio news network Managing Editor announced

May 2, 2016
KUAR and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock

KUAR, along with its content partners in a regional journalism collaboration (RJC), is pleased to announce that Bobby Ampezzan will lead the newly created Natural State News as the project’s managing editor.

In his new role, Ampezzan will oversee three reporters focusing on long form reporting about education, health and energy, with a focus on rural Arkansas.

A-State Selects Dr. Carl Cates as Dean of New College

Apr 29, 2016
Brandon Tabor, KASU News

Arkansas State University is appointing Dr. Carl Cates of Valdosta State University to be the first dean of a newly structured college that combines programs in the fine arts, humanities, social sciences, media and communication.

Cates currently is associate dean of the College of the Arts at the Georgia institution where he has served on faculty and in academic leadership roles for the past 23 years.

Jeff Scroggins and Colorado will perform a concert of bluegrass music on Monday, April 25, at 7:00 p.m. at the Collins Theatre, 120 West Emerson Street, in downtown Paragould

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