Nathan Vandiver

General Manager

Nathan Vandiver is General Manager for UA Little Rock Public Radio.

As General Manager, Nathan oversees the quality of our on-air sound and is responsible for developing and maintaining programming policy, supervising programming staff, and selecting programs for UA Little Rock Public Radio.

Phone: 501-569-8485

E-mail: nathan@kuar.org

Ways to Connect

The following is a statement from KLRE/KUAR general manager, Nathan Vandiver, and the Friends of KLRE/KUAR Board of Directors, shared via email Thursday morning:

Dear KLRE/KUAR community,

As a public media organization, KLRE and KUAR are charged with illuminating and addressing the issues of their community. This is a foundational tenet of the public broadcasting system in the United States.

Senator John Boozman will start a second term in the US Senate this January after defeating Democratic challenger Conner Eldridge last night. Boozman says he’s ready to focus on the things that matter to Republicans.

“… Things like the regulatory burden that’s on our businesses, that are putting a wet blanket again and costing us jobs, healthcare cost – the average Arkansan’s seen his premiums go up dramatically with $5,000-$10,000 deductibles. We’ve got to come together and solve those problems,” Boozman said.

Listen: KUAR Election Night Coverage

Nov 8, 2016

We have a robust team of local reporters out on the scene working to bring you voting results with context. In our studios providing analysis are political science professor Hal Bass and Gwen Moritz of Arkansas Business.

2016 GOP presidential primary candidate Mike Huckabee
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Former Arkansas First Lady Hillary Clinton is neck and neck with Senator Bernie Sanders in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination after last night’s Iowa Caucus results. However, there are many primaries left and political scientist Hal Bass says a close race in Iowa is good for Clinton.

“Iowa is not fertile soil for her and if Sanders can’t overwhelm her in a place like Iowa – and he didn’t – then it’s difficult to see how he competes on far less favorable terrain, such as in Arkansas on March 1,” Bass said.

Ozark Folk Center State Park / Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism

Beginning Fri., Jan. 8 2016 at 8 p.m., KUAR will air Ozark Highlands Radio, a weekly hour-long folk music program produced by the Ozark Folk Center State Park in Mountain View, Ark.

Ozark Highlands Radio will feature live performances from the stage at the Ozark Folk Center and interviews with performers. It will also feature archival recordings from the state park’s extensive collection. The program says it will explore “the history tradition and current trends in American folk acoustic music.”

Stone County musician Dave Smith will host the program.

homeless man sleeping on grass
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As the Arkansas Homeless Coalition looks to the New Year, it is planning to identify possible programs and or facilities that would best serve homeless populations in the state once they are discharged from behavioral health centers.

Fred Ball, pastor of San Damiano Ecumenical Church is a co-chair of Arkansas Homeless Coalition. He says when members of the local homeless population enter behavioral health centers and are discharged; they don’t have a social safety net of friends or family willing to help them recover.

Flood Waters
KTXK

Much of the state is under a flash flood watch Sunday with heavy rains expected through midday Monday.

Jeff Hood with the National Weather Service in North Little Rock says a storm front moving from the west is bringing the heavy rains. He says several inches have already fallen in portions of northwestern Arkansas.

“Near the Fayetteville area, nearly five inches has already fallen in some locations up there with several more inches of rain expected to fall across the rest of the state through the day tomorrow,” Hood said.

Arkansas Department of Education

The 2016 Arkansas Teacher of the Year is Meghan Ables, an 11th grade English teacher at Stuttgart High School.

The Arkansas Department of Education says student test scores have dramatically improved during her time in the district and she has worked with fellow teachers to improve techniques for teaching literacy.

chuckwagonraces.com

Sunday is the final day of the National Championship Chuckwagon Races in Clinton. It’s the event’s 30th anniversary. Peggy Eoff and her husband Dan started the races. She says it all came from an idea for an activity for their Labor Day party.

Office of the Governor

Governor Asa Hutchinson is challenging Arkansas to raise its overall college graduation rate and increase college enrollment of adults.

Starting this Saturday, January 17, listeners will be able to hear more news and information programming weekday evenings and weekend mornings on KUAR.

These changes include an additional hour of Fresh Air, Monday through Friday nights at 7 p.m., and two hours of news and information programming Monday through Thursday nights.

On Saturdays, Wait...Wait Don’t Tell me will move to 10 a.m., Says You! will now be a full hour at noon and Not Necessarily Nashville will expand to a two-hour program Saturday evenings.

NPR

The way NPR times the segments of Morning Edition is about to change slightly. You’ll hear national newscasts in three parts of the hour in Morning Edition instead of two beginning Monday, November 17. Slighter changes are planned for All Things Considered, too.

Did you know that every public radio program has a clock? Broadcast clocks are set templates that stations like ours use to track the timing of a show's stories and interviews, newscasts, and funding credits each day.

KUAR is offering special programming this Fourth of July holiday and weekend that will bring you the literary impact of lost fathers, an exploration of the right to vote in the United States and some of the best and most current investigative reporting you can find.

The city of Fort Smith is atop a latest ranking of the economic performance of Arkansas cities.

The Arkansas Tech Business Index tracks retail sales, construction, the housing market and unemployment rates of 16 Arkansas cities.

Ft. Smith beat out Bentonville, which had been atop previous months’ rankings in business activity. Mark Fusaro is an economist with Arkansas Tech and compiles the business index. He says Ft. Smith’s retail sales have always been strong.

A study out of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock says the financial literacy of prisoners exiting the Arkansas Department of Correction system is significantly lower than that of the state’s general public. The study also found the level of financial literacy was lower for non-white prisoners than for white prisoners.

You can read the full study here.

museumofdiscovery.org

Museum of Discovery director of visitor experience Kevin Delaney debuts tonight at 10:30 p.m. CT on NBC as the science expert for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

Delaney spoke with KUAR's Nathan Vandiver this morning about the opportunity.

Delaney also contributes to KUAR occasionally through his Speaking Science series of 30 second spots.

The Arkansas House of Representatives chamber.
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The private option, Arkansas's alternative answer to the full-out Medicaid expansion prescribed by the federal Affordable Care Act continues to hold up progress on the state budget in this fiscal legislative session.

With the political climate surrounding this most-divisive issue, could a few lawmakers be holding out till after the political filing period to cast their vote for the alternative plan? Political scientist Jay Barth joins us to discuss some of the political aspects of this vote.

Richard Hubert Smith / English National Opera Photo

The Metropolitan Opera's 2014-2015 season is set to begin Mon., Sept. 22 with a performance of Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro​ conducted by Met Music Director James Levine.

There are several points to note about the Met's upcoming season:

The Arkansas House of Representatives chamber.
arkansashouse.org

Arkansas lawmakers have several big issues ahead of them this fiscal legislative session. For its first day, Roby Brock of Talk Business Arkansas, stopped by the KUAR studios to share his thoughts on how the event might play out.

The private option, the future of tax cuts, funding for overcrowded jails, a looming election and ethics scandals are all on the list of topics.

Charlie Roberts / SimplexQ, LLC

This week many listeners have been asking us about problems with the reception for KUAR and KLRE.

Arkansas's extra ice and winter weather this season are likely the cause of listening difficulties.

When ice falls in the region, it coats our antennas and their towers. That ice increases what's called "reflected power," which in turn can cause our transmitter, the really expensive piece of equipment that sends the signal through our antenna, to overheat.

Arkansas's number of flu deaths this season is now 25.

Doctor Dirk Haselow, the state's epidemeologist says he thinks the state's flu season has peaked, but total deaths could top 50 before the season is fully over. He says with more flu season ahead, it's not too late to get a flu shot if you haven't had one already.

Michael Hibblen / KUAR.org

In addition to the holiday-themed programming you can already hear on our regularly scheduled programs, KLRE is running two special programs this holiday season.

Christmas Day, Wed., Dec. 25, from 3-6 p.m. KLRE's Matt Patton will air Bach's Christmas Oratorio in its entirety. The work for choir and orchestra depicts the events of the Christian holiday and was intended for performance during the season.

Michael Hibblen / KUAR.org

KUAR is scheduling special programming for the holiday week of December 23-27. We're adding music programs week nights beginning at 9 p.m. Selected Shorts also has a series of shows with a holiday theme, which will air Tuesday-Thursday at 10 p.m.

Christmas Day, Wed., Dec. 25 from 8 a.m.-1 p.m., KUAR will air a block of special programming for the holiday.

Courtesy of StoryCorps

KUAR will air special programming on Thanksgiving Day from 2-4 p.m.

Ties the Bind: A StoryCorps 10th Anniversary Special will air 2-3 p.m. and again at 9 p.m. It looks back on the last decade of the program that celebrates everyday people on public radio.

StoryCorps

Friday, November 29 is the 6th National Day of Listening.

If StoryCorps' 10th Anniversary Special inspires you, check out these online resources to help you interview a friend or loved-one.

The National Day of Listening began in 2008. StoryCorps says it's a day to sit down with those around you and start a conversation.

Photo by Gretel Ehrlich

While all coastal cities face real trouble, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development says Miami is the most vulnerable in its assessment of threats to 50 major cities worldwide. Parts of Miami will be permanently flooded in as few as 15 years.

Courtesy of StoryCorps

KUAR will air Ties That Bind: A StoryCorps 10th Anniversary Special this Thanksgiving Day, November 28 at 2 p.m in place of the second hour of Here and Now and again at 9 p.m. after Woodsongs Old Time Radio Hour.

Ties That Bind takes a look at StoryCorps' past 10 years with its creator Dave Isay, NPR's Scott Simon and some of the program's most memorable participants just in time for the National Day of Listening.

themozartfestival.org / American Public Media

KLRE brings you The Mozart Festival from American Public Media. This program includes performances and interviews from one of the world's foremost music events.

From American Public Media:

The Little Rock Tech Park Authority Board is meeting this Wednesday to further discuss where the tech park will go now that the board has settled on a downtown location.

KUAR’s Nathan Vandiver spoke with reporter Luke Jones whose article in this week's Arkansas Business takes a look at where the site search is, and is going.

Nathan Vandiver / KUAR

The state’s Division of Legislative Audit will conduct a special report for lawmakers to assess the early days of enrollment into Arkansas’s Private Option Medicaid expansion plan.

The Legislative Joint Auditing Committee approved the special report Friday.

Supporters of the Private Option, including Representative Reginald Murdoch, asked whether the audit report of such a new program was meant to hamper its implementation.

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