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

Baking, Bicyling, and Beer -11/5 Weekend

Oct 29, 2016

The first weekend in November is full of fun events for kids and adults! There's baking workshops for those who love to eat, bicycle tours for cyclists, and many festivals!

Travel writer Kim Williams talks about some of the fun events happening across Arkansas this weekend, including a workshop teaching you to make delicious desserts in a hot dutch oven.  Williams also talks about an exciting 52-mile bicycle ride through the sunken lands of Arkansas.

Williams has information on family-friendly events, such as a pioneer festival and a weekend-long celebration.

Festival Fun -10/21 Weekend

Oct 15, 2016

Arkansas is hosting a variety of fun activities for all types of people- from musicals and wine festivals to corn mazes and haunts!

Travel Writer Kim Williams highlights some family-friendly events happening around Northeast Arkansas. If you or your kids love farm animals, hay mazes, and more fun activities, Williams has the perfect event for you.

Williams also has information on haunted houses, zombie shoot-ups, and a nighttime zip-line for the thrill-seekers.

Whether you're looking for awesome amusement or a terrifying treat, Arkansas has enough activities to keep you and your family entertained.

In this episode, Travel Writer Kim Williams highlights a couple of fun and scary places that are fun for the whole family.  We'll go on a trip to central Arkansas to an annual fair where you can go on carnival rides and sample delicious fried foods.

Blues, Boats, Blacksmithing, and BOOs!  That just a taste of the events Travel Writer Kim Williams will tell you about going on in Arkansas.

Williams has details on a historic Blues festival in South Arkansas in a town dripping with history of the music and the Mississippi.  Also, in this episode, there's an opportunity for kids to learn about boats... Steamboats to be exact.  Williams takes you to a historic city in Lawrence County where the family can have fun learning about how life was like back when Steamboats dominated the waterways and economy.

Travel Writer Kim Williams lets you in on a little secret in this episode of Traveling Arkansas... she LOVES Fall!  In this episode she will highlight some fun activities in the Natural State that will help you fall in love with Fall in Arkansas, too.

She highlights 2 opportunities to travel back in time and take part of some of the activities settlers  have done way back when.  If time travel is not your thing, Williams also shares with you 2 one-of-a-kind concerts taking place in the state.

As the leaves begin to change colors, it's time to enjoy the Natural State in one of the most beautiful seasons ever created: Fall.

Travel Writer Kim Williams takes you on an audio tour of Arkansas to get a glimpse of some of the fun activities taking place.  Join Williams as she lets you in on one of the largest yard sales you'll ever find.  If you feel like rockin', then a town in Northeast Arkansas along Rockin' Highway 67 will show you a good time.  Or, you can stop by the Main Street in another Arkansas town for a little music and fun.

Once upon a time, four very famous men stopped by a small town in Northeast Arkansas and changed the reputation of the town forever.

The four very famous men, of course, are The Beetles and the small town is Walnut Ridge.  This very popular musical group has apparently generated a ton of other great artistic events taking place around the Natural State for the 9/16 weekend.

As you and your family celebrates a day off of work and school for Labor Day, how about taking a fun filled adventure in Arkansas.  Travel Writer Kim Williams highlights a few of the MANY things taking place for the holiday weekend.  

Some of the activities include a Legendary Blues Festival in a city near the mighty Mississippi River, a giant picnic complete with a 5K and Oldies concert, and a one of a kind arts and crafts festival.

There is never a dull moment in the Natural State!  Travel Writer Kim Williams has the details on a motorcycle event for the whole family featuring music and mountains.  An inspiring traveling exhibit is taking place in Arkansas which highlights the unique perspective of veterans returning home after fighting for our county in war.

Mark Smith, KASU

U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR) visited the KASU studios for this month's talk with KASU's Johnathan Reaves. The Senator discussed his annual Agriculture Tour, as well as the latest challenges to Obamacare and other issues. Click on the Listen link to hear the entire interview.

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.

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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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