After weeks of speculation, KASU Radio confirms that ASU Head Football Coach Hugh Freeze will become the head football coach at the University of Mississippi.  KASU's Johnathan Reaves files this report.

Governor Mike Beebe brought a huge check to Arkansas State University for work to continue on the new Humanities and Social Sciences Building.  Also, yesterday, the Marion Berry Parkway was dedicated.  KASU's Johnathan Reaves tells about both events.

Sesame Workshop

The former head of Sesame Workshop, Gary Knell, takes over as President and CEO of NPR on December 1st. And for his first day on the job, Knell plans to speak directly to NPR's listeners. He will be the featured guest for the first hour of NPR's Talk of the Nation, which airs at 1 p.m. on KASU-FM 91.9. According to an e-mail communication to NPR member stations, Knell will join host Neal Conan for a conversation with NPR listeners about NPR's role in media and the organization's future direction.

State funds are headed to Batesville for a study on possible development of Polk Bayou.  KASU's Johnathan Reaves discusses the study with Crystal Johnson, President and CEO of the Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce.


The first winter storm of the season is coming.  KASU's Johnathan Reaves spoke to Meteorologist Jim Branda with the National Weather Service in Memphis.  Branda tells about projected accumulation amounts for the region. 

After historic river flooding in April, the Imperial Dinner Theatre in Pocahontas is being renovated and getting ready for a grand re-opening in early 2012.  KASU's Johnathan Reaves talks about it with Kelly Grooms, Artistic Director of Studio of the Arts in Pocahontas.

Several area churches are providing Thanksgiving meals to the hungry, the homeless, and the lonely.  KASU's Johnathan Reaves talked with Richard Carvell about this annual event.

The ninth annual Breakfast with Ballerinas will be held in Jonesboro on Saturday, November 19th. KASU's Marty Scarbrough talks about the event with Jonesboro's Foundation of Arts Community Development Director Kristi Pulliam.

U. S. Representative Jo Ann Emerson (R-MO) signed on to a letter urging the SuperCommittee to "go big or go home." She gives her thoughts on debt reduction, infrastructure needs, the planned closure of rural post offices, and more in her monthly talk with KASU....


John Thomas Holt is an actor, historian and interpreter, who specializes in the Colonial, Revolutionary and Civil War Periods. Holt spoke to students at Arkansas State University on November 16th.   KASU's Johnathan Reaves talks with Holt about his roles in several films on the Civil War.

A new program allows you to get rid of old vehicles to help Habitat for Humanity.  KASU's Johnathan Reaves tells more about the Habitat for Humanity program.

As a fundraiser for the Wounded Warrior Project of Jonesboro and the surrounding area, Operation Sidekick will hold the first ever Scavenger Hunt in Jonesboro.  KASU's Johnathan Reaves tells more about the weekend event.

An 80's themed Scavenger Hunt will take place in Jonesboro this weekend to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project in Jonesboro and the surrounding area.  In part one of  this two part series, KASU's Johnathan Reaves tells about the Scavenger hunt and the Wounded Warrior Project. 

There is a lot to do across Arkansas through the rest of November.  KASU's Johnathan Reaves talks with Kimberly Williams with the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism and she tells about great events going on across the state.

November 11th is Veterans Day.  Veterans are recognized for their service today.  The first induction ceremonies of the Arkansas Military Veterans Hall of Fame will take place in Conway tonight.  KASU's Johnathan Reaves wraps up a five part series today as he tells about other ways that veterans are recognized, and he tells how Arkansas State University has played a big role in helping veterans.

U.S. Senator Mark Pryor covered a wide variety of topics in his monthly talk with KASU, including the possible closure of rural post offices. To start, though, Pryor says the economic crisis in Europe has far-reaching consequences....

The first induction ceremony of the Arkansas Military Veterans Hall of Fame will be held Friday, November 11th in Conway.  In part four of our five part series, KASU's Johnathan Reaves discusses how the new Hall of Fame will be funded and where it will be housed.

U.S. Senator John Boozman of Arkansas talked about the impending deadline for the debt-reduction Super-committee, tax reform, infrastructure needs, and Veterans Day, among a host of topics on this month's visit with KASU....

The first induction ceremony of the Arkansas Military Veterans Hall of Fame will be held Friday night in Conway.  In part three of a five part series, KASU's Johnathan Reaves tells who makes up the first class of veterans inducted. 

The Arkansas Military Veterans Hall of Fame has been established and the first induction ceremony will be held Friday night in Conway.  In part two of a five part series, KASU's Johnathan Reaves focuses on how inductees will be selected.

Arkansas has many Halls of Fame, but until recently a Hall of Fame had not been established for veterans. In the first of a five part series, KASU's Johnathan Reaves focuses on how the Arkansas Military Veterans Hall of Fame got its start. 

Crawford visits KASU

Nov 8, 2011

Arkansas 1st District Representative Rick Crawford visited the KASU studio for his monthly interview with KASU's Mark Smith.....

The ASU Opera Theatre will present "Opera Idol," a program spoofing the popular TV show "American Idol."  Student "contestants" will demonstrate their opera skills before a panel of "celebrity" judges.  The program will be presented Thursday, October 21, and Friday, October 22, at 7:30 each evening at Riceland Hall of the Fowler Center at ASU-Jonesboro.  KASU's Marty Scarbrough spoke with Marika Kyriakos, director of ASU Opera Theatre, who explained the concept behind this production.

Washington D.C./SEMO – Congresswoman Jo Ann Emerson discussed the President's Jobs bill, the economy, farming issues and more in her monthly visit with KASU...but like many people in Missouri's 8th District, she has been closely watching the St. Louis Cardinals in the baseball playoffs....

Jonesboro, Arkansas – KASU Station Manager Mike Doyle spoke to Dr. Dixie Keyes of the Arkansas Delta Writing Poject and two of the participating teachers. They discussed how this program benefits teachers and students in Northeast Arkansas.

Washington D.C./Jonesboro, AR – Senator Mark Pryor (D-AR) discusses the latest budget crisis regarding FEMA funding, the state of Washington politics, the tax code, and clean energy legislation in this months talk with KASU....

Jonesboro, AR – In the wake of the latest showdown in Congress, Arkansas First District Representative Rick Crawford says FEMA funding is critical, but we should look at ways to offset it. This topic and more in this month's talk with the Congressman on KASU....

Washington D.C./Jonesboro, AR – Senator John Boozman (R-AR) discusses the President's jobs proposal, taxes, spending cuts and more in his monthly talk with KASU....

Jonesboro, AR – Blues Fest 2011 gets underway this Sunday afternoon at Craighead Forest Park in Jonesboro. The free music festival is held each year at the bandshell on Access Road 6. Craighead Lake provides the backdrop, as a variety of local and regional musicians perform beginning at 1 p.m. this Sunday, and for the following two Sundays in September. "Harry Larry" Heyl, Jonesboro bluesman and host of "Something Blue" on KASU stopped by Morning Edition to talk about Blues Fest....

Jonesboro, AR – Dustin Smith of Pocahontas bicycled from coast to coast across America over the summer, helping build affordable housing along the way. He was one of over 200 cyclists participating in a program called Bike & Build. KASU talked with him when he was training for his trip. Now he's back to tell us how it went....