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

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Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism Travel Writer Kim Williams talks about the following events happening in Arkansas during the weekend of February 21!


Ghost Structrue at Davidsonville Historic State Park near Pocahontas
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Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism Travel Writer Kim Williams talks about the following events happening in Arkansas during Valentine’s weekend—February 14!


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Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism Travel Writer Kim Williams talks about the following events happening in Arkansas during the weekend of February 7!


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Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism Travel Writer Kim Williams talks about the following events happening in Arkansas during the weekend of January 31!


Little Rock skyline at sunset.
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Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism Travel Writer Kim Williams talks about the following events happening in Arkansas during the weekend of January 24!


The Hot Springs Convention Center
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Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism Travel Writer Kim Williams talks about the following events happening in Arkansas during the weekend of January 17!


Christmas lights in Fayetteville.
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Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism Travel Writer Kim Williams talks about the following events happening in Arkansas during the weekend of December 27!


Arieal shot of Toltec Mounds State Park in Scott.
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Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism Travel Writer Kim Williams talks about the following events happening in Arkansas during the weekend of December 20!


Ron Robinson Theater in Little Rock, AR
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Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism Travel Writer Kim Williams talks about the following events happening in Arkansas during the weekend of December 13!


Bobby Rush performing at the 2010 Chicago Blues Festival
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Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism Travel Writer Kim Williams talks about the following events happening in Arkansas during the weekend of December 6!


Trail of Lights at Garvan Woodland Gardens in Hot Springs.
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Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism Travel Writer Kim Williams talks about the following events happening in Arkansas during the Thanksgiving weekend---November 29!


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JONESBORO – KASU-FM 91.9 radio, Arkansas State University’s public media service, will present “Jazz for the Holidays” on Saturday, Dec. 7, at 7:30 p.m., in downtown Pocahontas at the Rendezvous Event Center, 106 West Everett. Featured musicians are Lisa Ahia, Sam Ahia, Gary Gazaway, Joy Sanford, Tim Crouch, Robert Bowlin and David Eckert. Admission at the door will be a suggested donation of $15, or $5 for students.

Ron Robinson Theater in Little Rock, AR
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Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism Travel Writer Kim Williams talks about the following events happening in Arkansas during the weekend of November 22!


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Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism Travel Writer Kim Williams talks about the following events happening in Arkansas during the weekend of November 8!


Downtown Eureka Springs
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Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism Travel Writer Kim Williams talks about the following events happening in Arkansas during the weekend of November 1!


The Stone County Courthouse in Mountain View
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Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism Travel Writer Kim Williams talks about the following events happening in Arkansas during the weekend of October 25!


Johnny Cash Heritage Festival
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Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism Travel Writer Kim Williams talks about the following events happening in Arkansas during the weekend of October 18!


Lake Hamilton Resort in Hot Springs
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Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism Travel Writer Kim Williams talks about the following events happening in Arkansas during the weekend of October 4!


Bikes, Blues, & BBQ festival in Fayetteville
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Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism Travel Writer Kim Williams talks about the following events happening in Arkansas during the weekend of September 27!


Silhouette of The Beatles in Walnut Ridge
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Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism Travel Writer Kim Williams talks about the following events happening in Arkansas during the weekend of September 20!


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Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism Travel Writer Kim Williams talks about the following events happening in Arkansas during the weekend of September 13!


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Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism Travel Writer Kim Williams talks about the following events happening in Arkansas during the weekend of September 6!


A roller coaster a Magic Springs amusement park in Hot Springs.
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Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism Travel Writer Kim Williams talks about the following events happening in Arkansas during Labor Day weekend -- August 30!


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Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism Travel Writer Kim Williams talks about the following events happening in Arkansas during the weekend of August 23! 

Hot Springs National Park at Hot Springs
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Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism Travel Writer Kim Williams talks about the following events happening in Arkansas during the weekend of August 16!


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Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism Travel Writer Kim Williams talks about the following events happening in Arkansas during the weekend of August 9!


Downtown Eureka Springs
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Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism Travel Writer Kim Williams talks about the following events happening in Arkansas during the weekend of August 2!


Sugar Loaf Mountain in Heber Springs
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Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism Travel Writer Kim Williams talks about the following events happening in Arkansas during the weekend of July 19!


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Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism Travel Writer Kim Williams talks about the following events happening in Arkansas during the weekend of July 12!


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Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism Travel Writer Kim Williams talks about the following events happening in Arkansas during the weekend after Independence Day starting July 5!


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