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Gift to Help Jazz Studies Program at A-State

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Arkansas State University

This is A-State Connections on KASU.  I’m Johnathan Reaves.  Arkansas State University has announced the creation of an endowed professorship of jazz studies and an endowed scholarship for outstanding students in the jazz program.  Alumnus Kade Holliday of Jonesboro, who is the Craighead County Clerk, made a gift commitment of 500-thousand-dollars to establish the two programs, with equal funding to each.  Holliday also pledged additional annual gifts while the endowments built to maturity.  Holliday was a member of the Marching Band, Trombone Choir, Jazz Band, Concert Band, Orchestra, and Wind Ensemble.  Director of the Jazz Studies Program Dr. Kenneth Carroll reacts to the gifts.  Click on the Listen button for the complete interview.  

Johnathan Reaves is the News Director for KASU Public Radio. As part of an Air Force Family, he moved to Arkansas from Minot, North Dakota in 1986. He was first bitten by the radio bug after he graduated from Gosnell High School in 1992. While working on his undergraduate degree, he worked at KOSE, a small 1,000 watt AM commercial station in Osceola, Arkansas. Upon graduation from Arkansas State University in 1996 with a degree in Radio-Television Broadcast News, he decided that he wanted to stay in radio news. He moved to Stuttgart, Arkansas and worked for East Arkansas Broadcasters as news director and was there for 16 years.