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 April 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 April 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 April 6!


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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 March 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 March 23!


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Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism Travel Writer Kim Williams talks about the following events happening in Arkansas during St. Patrick’s Day weekend—March 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 March 9! 


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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 March 2!


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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 23!


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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 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 February 9!


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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 4!


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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 26!


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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 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 January 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 Christmas & New Year’s holiday—December 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 December 15!


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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 8!


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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 1!


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Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism Travel Writer Kim Williams talks about the following events happening in Arkansas during Thanksgiving weekend--November 24!


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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 17!


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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 10!


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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 4!

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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 27!


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"Devastating."

That's the only way Kary Story, Mayor of Pocahontas, can describe the record flooding coming to his city.  The National Weather Service in Memphis on Tuesday issued a Flash Flood Warning for southeastern Randolph County, and central Lawrence County.

Travel Writer for Arkansas Parks Kim Williams LOVES January.  She loves this month so much that she wanted the weekend of the 27th to start a day earlier... on the 26th!

Williams tells KASU's Mark Smith about a special concert taking place in Southeast Arkansas honoring the Bee Gees on the 26th.  She also has the "dish" on another event for that weekend revolving around "B's" and "G's", as in "Beans and Greens."  It's a cook off for the best beans, greens, and cornbread in the South.

-12/31 Weekend

Dec 26, 2016

For those ready to celebrate the first weekend of 2017, Travel Writer Kim Williams has a list of events that are sure to thrill!

First, Williams tells us how State Parks all across Arkansas are celebrating the new year in a special way- hiking! Break in the new year with a trek through nature's beauty.

Bird watchers will love William's information on a scientific mystery that happens every year when a flock of swans descends on an Arkansan lake for the winter.

Winter Ice and Holiday Lights - 12/23 Weekend

Dec 19, 2016

The weekend before Christmas is pack full of events for you and the family!

One of the biggest lighting festivals in the midsouth happens right here in Arkansas- and Travel Writer Kim Williams has all the details on this amazing event.

For those who want to experience the full fun of winter, Williams directs you to a winter wonderland full of fun, ice skating, carriage rides, and more fun!

Williams also has information on an Arkansas street transformed into a winter wonderland- complete with Santa and his elves!

Get in the holiday spirit with Travel Writer Kim Williams! Williams has a variety of fun holiday activities for the whole family this weekend, including music (and dancing), parades, and celebrating Christmas the old fashioned way.

For those interested in viewing a holiday classic right here in Arkansas, Williams has information on a performance of the Nutcracker in a Little Rock theatre. Music lovers will also enjoy a show combining caroling and the wonders of nature in Mountain View.

As we get closer to the holiday season, Travel Writer Kim Williams has the scoop on some fun events that you will want to sink your teeth into them.

Williams takes you to a city in Northwest Arkansas where they are hosting a special wine and dinner event.  You can also participate in cooking classes  and experience exquisite tastes.

After dinner, you must eat desert.  Williams knows of another event in the central part of the state in the mountains where you can partake of delicious treats of the holidays.

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