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This is an interview between KASU News Director Johnathan Reaves and the next Chancellor for Arkansas State University, Dr. Kelly Damphousse.  He starts work July 1.  In this interview, Damphousse discusses his plans for his first 100 days, his long-term goals and priorities at Arkansas State, his views on the challenges higher education face today, and more.  Click on the Listen button to listen to the interview.    

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A provision that allows a portion of U-S Highway 67 to have an interstate designation is now law.  Highway 67-167 from North Little Rock to Walnut Ridge now has an additional designation as “Future I-57”.  The provision was authored by U-S Senator John Boozman.  Arkansas State Highway Transportation Department spokesman Danny Straessle says the state has spent hundreds of millions of dollars over the past 50 years to make Highway 67 an interstate-quality road.  He tells what is next in the process to make the highway an interstate.

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The Jonesboro Advertising and Promotion Commission will not fund any convention centers…at this time.   Chairman Jerry Morgan says the project the city put 75-thousand dollars toward has had problems securing funding for the project.  Last month, the Commission required the Northeast Arkansas Hotel and Convention Center group return the money until the project was nearing completion on construction.  It had also asked for several stipulations to be met by the group, which were not.  

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:

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40 faculty of the University of Arkansas are on a bus tour of the state.  The 800-mile tour covers 24 counties in the state to learn more about the people and places that make the state unique.  Arkansas State University in Jonesboro hosted a lunch and participated in some of the tours of the ASU Heritage Sites.  

The universities are already involved in a handful of collaborations, including a dual degree program involving poultry sciences signed earlier this year. 

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."       

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Congressman Rick Crawford joins KASU News Director Johnathan Reaves for an interview about President Trump's air strike on Syria, Russia relations and the next move with health care reform.  

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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."

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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.    

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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.  

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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.    

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