KASU

Mark Smith

Station Manager

A graduate of the radio-television program at A-State, Mark Smith earned his degree in broadcasting in 1986 and received a Master of Public Administration in 2015. He actually started in radio in 1982, just out of high school, with a part-time summer job at KBXM, a small AM station in Kennett, Mo. After his freshman year at Arkansas State, he landed another summer job at KBOA/KTMO in Kennett and continued to work weekends there while attending college.

Smith first worked at KASU as part of the station’s student staff in the early 1980s. After graduation, he worked at commercial radio stations in Arkansas and Missouri before returning to KASU as a member of the professional staff in May 1990.

Starting out with the title of farm director, he produced an early morning program of farm news and features. He has received awards from the Associated Press for his farm reporting and was twice presented with the “Tell the Farming Story” award from the Arkansas Farm Bureau Association.

When KASU picked up NPR’s highly acclaimed news program, “Morning Edition,” in October 1995, Smith became the local host of “Morning Edition” and took on the task of integrating local news and features into the program. It was about this time that KASU began doing on-air fundraising drives, asking listeners for financial support for the non-commercial public radio station.

Smith hosted “Morning Edition” on KASU until April 2011, when he took over as the station’s development director, charged with organizing KASU’s fundraising efforts. In the years since, KASU has continued a trend of incrementally increasing its fundraising goals and exceeding those goals each year.

Smith has also played an active role as a panelist in live broadcast political debates and other events.

He recently helped spearhead the premiere of a new one-hour weekly radio program titled “A-State Connections.” The series informs listeners of the many ways that Arkansas State is connecting to people in the region, across the state and around the world. The program is broadcast each Saturday at 11 a.m. on 91.9 FM and streamed at kasu.org. It is hosted by news director Johnathan Reaves.

Ways to Connect

Watermelons, grapes, weddings, & bargains!  What do they all have in common?  It's the sign of the beginning of cooler weather in the Natural State.  

KASU's Mark Smith with Travel Writer for the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism Kim Williams tell you about festivals featuring watermelons, grapes, and many more delicious treats that's great family fun.  

Plus, the ultimate bridal show where you can actually get help planing the wedding of your dreams IN ONE DAY!  Finally, a 160 mile flee market in West Arkansas.  This is a bargain hunter's dream come to life.

Senator Boozman Official Website

U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR) talked about designating Highway 67 as "Future I-57" in his monthly talk with KASU. He also discussed other legislation he's been working on, U.S. military involvement in Syria and Iraq, and the Presidential race. Click on the Audio link to hear the entire interview.

Courtesy boozman.senate.gov

U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR), in his monthly visit with KASU, talked about the candidates for President, international tensions, and meetings this week with the Jonesboro Chamber of Commerce and Arkansas veterans. Click on the Audio link to hear the entire interview.

Courtesy boozman.senate.gov

U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR) discussed the President's proposal to close the Guantanamo Bay detention center, legislation to address the nation's opioid addiction problem, and the Super Tuesday election results in his monthly visit with KASU. Click on the Audio link to hear the entire interview.

U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR) discusses ISIS, the ebola outbreak, Scottish independence and more in his monthly visit with KASU. Click on the "Listen" link to hear the entire interview.

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