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‘Lectric Liz Lottmann.
Arkansas State University

JONESBORO — ‘Lectric Liz will perform a concert of blues and jazz music on Tuesday, Sept. 17, at 7 p.m. at the outdoor Terry Scoggins Memorial Stage on Front Street in downtown Newport.  The show is part of the KASU/Arkansas Steel Associates Monster Groovez concert series.  These concerts are free, and attendees are encouraged to bring their own folding chairs or blankets.  In case of rain, the concerts are moved into Frankie’s Place, a restaurant also on Front Street.

Little Roy Lewis and Lizzy Long
The Little Roy and Lizzy Show

The Little Roy and Lizzy Show will perform a concert of bluegrass music on Monday, September 23, at 7 p.m. at the Collins Theatre, 120 West Emerson Street, in downtown Paragould, Arkansas.  The concert is part of the Bluegrass Monday concert series presented by KASU, 91.9 FM.  KASU will literally “pass the hat” during the concert to collect money to pay the group.  The suggested donation is $5 per person.

Johnny Cash boyhood home
Arkansas State University

JONESBORO – Eight regional acts will take the stage Thursday and Friday nights, Oct. 17-18, during “KASU Music Nights” at the Johnny Cash Heritage Festival in Dyess. The performances are all free and will be held at the Dyess Colony Visitors Center.

These talented singers and musicians representing all parts of Arkansas will perform after the conclusion of symposium events in the Visitors Center. Each presentation will last 50 minutes.

Here is the lineup:

Thursday, Oct. 17

Vickie Vaughn Band
Vickie Vaughn Band Official Facebook Page

The Vickie Vaughn Band will perform a concert of bluegrass music on Monday, August 26, at 7 p.m. at the Collins Theatre, 120 West Emerson Street, in downtown Paragould, Arkansas.  The concert is part of the Bluegrass Monday concert series presented by KASU, 91.9 FM.  KASU will literally “pass the hat” during the concert to collect money to pay the group.  The suggested donation is $5 per person.

 

JONESBORO — A transmitter fund page, KASU.org/Inspire, has been established on the website for Arkansas State University’s radio station, KASU 91.9 FM, for contributions toward the purchase of a transmitter to continue reaching the northeast Arkansas, southeast Missouri and northwest Tennessee broadcast areas. 

JONESBORO – KASU 91.9 FM, Arkansas State University’s radio station, and Lost Pizza Company are collaborating for a special “KASU Music Night” featuring singer-songwriter Mark Currey.  This free event will begin at 6 p.m. on Thursday, July 25, at the Lost Pizza Company on Southwest Drive in Jonesboro.

The Kody Norris Show:  (left to right) Tyler Wiseman, Josiah Tyree, Mary Rachel Nalley, Kody Norris
The Kody Norris Show Website

The Kody Norris Show will perform a concert of bluegrass music on Monday, July 22, at 7:00 p.m. at the Collins Theatre, 120 West Emerson Street, in downtown Paragould, Arkansas.  The concert is part of the Bluegrass Monday concert series presented by KASU 91.9 FM.  KASU will literally “pass the hat” during the concert to collect money to pay the group.  The suggested donation is $5 per person.

The Farm Hands.  In photo, in back left to right, Keith Tew, Don Hill, Daryl Mosley; seated, Tim Graves
The Farm Hands Website

The Farm Hands will perform a concert of bluegrass music on Monday, June 24, at 7:00 p.m. at the Collins Theatre, 120 West Emerson Street, in downtown Paragould, Arkansas. The concert is part of the Bluegrass Monday concert series presented by KASU, 91.9 FM. KASU will literally “pass the hat” to collect money to pay the group. The suggested donation is $5 per person.

KASU Wavelengths Newsletter - June 2019

Jun 10, 2019

Akeem Kemp
Akeem Kemp Official Website

As part of Newport’s Monster Nights Downtown Entertainment Series, KASU Public Radio and Arkansas Steel Associates have teamed up to bring you Monster Groovez Concerts. The concerts will take place on the third Tuesday of the month in May and June.  We will skip over the summer heat of July, and resume the series in August, September, and October. All concerts are free and last from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm. The concerts will be held downtown Newport, at the Terry Scroggins Memorial Stage in Front Street Park.

Remington Ryde: (left to right) Ron Truman, Ryan Frankhouser, Stanley Efaw, Billy Lee Cox
Remington Ryde

Remington Ryde will perform a concert of bluegrass music Monday, May 20, at 7:00 p.m. at the Collins Theatre, 120 West Emerson Street, in downtown Paragould, Arkansas.  The show is part of the Bluegrass Monday concert series presented by KASU 91.9 FM.  There is no admission fee, but KASU will literally “pass the hat” to collect money to pay the musicians.  The suggested donation is $5 per person.

Arkansas Public Media
Arkansas Public Media

Arkansas Public Media has received a $50,000 grant from the Delta Dental of Arkansas Foundation to develop news content about oral health issues and deliver it through the Arkansas Public Media partner network.

The news will be shared via Arkansas Public Media’s network which includes radio stations KUAR-89.1 FM Little Rock, UAF-91.3 FM Fayetteville, KASU-91.9 FM Jonesboro, KTXK-91.5 FM in Texarkana.

KASU's Spring Spectacular

Feb 18, 2019
KASU Spring Spectacular
Tim Arquitt, Jr. / KASU Graphic Design Intern

KASU’s Spring Spectacular Event will be Thursday, March 7, in the Dean B. Ellis Arkansas State University Library Flag Lobby.  We will spotlight the music, news, arts and views provided by spectacular listeners who support our spectacular staff and original programs.  The Spectacular Spring Event will be from 4 p.m.

Clockwise from top left, Dan Kelly, Mike Webb, Mike Armistead, Ernie Sykes, Leroy Troy
Tennessee Mofia Jug Band

The Tennessee Mafia Jug Band will perform a concert on Monday, October 22, at 7:00 p.m. at the Collins Theatre, 120 West Emerson Street, in downtown Paragould, Arkansas.  The concert is part of the Bluegrass Monday concert series presented by KASU 91.9 FM.  KASU will literally “pass the hat” to collect money to pay the group.  The suggested donation is $5 per person.

Lee Street Lyrical.  Pictured, Buddy Case (left) and Casey Penn (right)
KASU

  Lee Street Lyrical & Special Guests will perform a concert of bluegrass and acoustic music on Monday, September 24, at 7:00 p.m. at the Collins Theatre, 120 West Emerson Street, in downtown Paragould, Arkansas.  The concert is part of the Bluegrass Monday concert series presented by KASU 91.9 FM.  KASU will literally “pass the hat” during the concert to collect money to pay the group.  The suggested donation is $5 per person.

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KASU will be making some much-needed repairs to the studio-transmitter link dish around 1:00 pm today.  While our crews are making these repairs, KASU will be going off of the air temporarily during that time.

The outage will only affect anyone listening to our signal on the radio at 91.9 FM.  Our crews will be working as quickly as possible to make sure we're back on the air so you can continue to enjoy programming.

Kristy Cates, KASU Development Director
Arkansas State University

JONESBORO – Kristy Cates has been named development director for KASU-FM, the National Public Radio (NPR) member station licensed to Arkansas State University. In announcing the station’s newest staff member, station manager Mark Smith said Cates brings a wealth of experience to the position.

Mark Smith, KASU Station Manager
Arkansas State University

JONESBORO – Mark Smith, a long-time member of the KASU campus radio station staff at Arkansas State University, has been named station manager. Smith officially took on the role following the retirement of Mike Doyle in July. KASU, 91.9 FM, is the 100,000-watt public broadcasting service of A-State in Jonesboro. 

In photo, left to right, Justin Harrison, Calder Baker, Carolyn Routh, Daniel Routh
Nu-Blu

The band Nu-Blu will perform a concert of bluegrass music on Monday, June 25, at 7:00 p.m. at the Collins Theatre, 120 West Emerson Street, in downtown Paragould, Arkansas.  The concert is part of the Bluegrass Monday concert series presented by KASU 91.9 FM.  KASU will literally “pass the hat” during the concert to collect money to pay the group.  The suggested donation is $5 per person.

Michael Doyle, KASU Station Manager
Arkansas State University

JONESBORO – Mike Doyle, station manager of KASU 91.9 FM and longtime Arkansas State University instructor, is retiring at the end of this academic year.  Staff, family, and friends are planning to send him off with an informal retirement reception on Thursday, May 24.

Doyle has served as KASU station manager since 2008.  Listeners recognize his voice in a variety of original KASU programming, especially on various music shows such as Arkansas Roots and Music from the Isles. 

Trinity River Band: (L to R) Michael Harris, Lisa Harris, Sarah Harris, Joshua Harris, Brianna Harris
Trinity River Band

  The Trinity River Band will perform a concert of bluegrass music on Monday, May 21, at 7:00 p.m. at the Collins Theatre, 120 West Emerson Street, in downtown Paragould, Arkansas.  The concert is part of the Bluegrass Monday concert series presented by KASU 91.9 FM.  KASU will literally “pass the hat” during the concert to collect money to pay the group.  The suggested donation is $5 per person.

Po' Ramblin' Boys
Arkansas State University

JONESBORO – The Po’ Ramblin’ Boys will perform a concert of bluegrass music on Monday, April 23, at 7 p.m. at the Collins Theatre, 120 West Emerson Street, in downtown Paragould.  The concert is part of the Bluegrass Monday concert series presented by KASU 91.9 FM. 

Tito Deler
Alexander Thompson

JONESBORO – KASU and the Department of English, Philosophy and World Languages at Arkansas State University, together with the West End Neighborhood Association, will present the Arkansas Roots Music Festival Saturday, April 14.

The festival will begin at 12 noon at Jonesboro’s City, Water, and Light Park at 1123 S. Culberhouse St.  In case of rain, the festival will move to A-State’s Humanities and Social Science Building, Auditorium 1028. 

DonnaUlisse.com

Donna Ulisse and the Poor Mountain Boys will perform a concert of bluegrass music on Monday, February 26, at 7:00 p.m. at the Collins Theatre, 120 West Emerson Street, in downtown Paragould, Arkansas.  The concert is part of the Bluegrass Monday concert series presented by KASU 91.9 FM.  KASU will literally “pass the hat” to collect money to pay the group.  The suggested donation is $5 per person.

Cedar Hill (left to right) — Dan Stokely, Patti Lafleur, Pete Brown, Frank Ray (seated) and Jim Bunch.
Arkansas State University

JONESBORO – The band Cedar Hill will perform a concert of bluegrass music on Monday, Jan. 22, at 7 p.m. at the Collins Theatre, 120 West Emerson Street, in Paragould.  The concert is part of the Bluegrass Monday concert series presented by KASU 91.9 FM. 

Frank Ray, who still leads the band today, formed Cedar Hill in 1967.  This Missouri-based group plays traditional bluegrass heavily influenced by the music and culture of the Ozark hills. 

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JONESBORO – Arkansas’s oldest public broadcasting station, KASU Radio 91.9 FM of Arkansas State University, will present “Jazz for the Holidays”, Saturday Dec. 9, at 7:30 p.m., in downtown Pocahontas, at The Rendezvous Event Center, 106 West Everett Street.

Featured musicians will perform traditional holiday songs with jazzed-up arrangements and improvisational jam sections to create a festive atmosphere for all. Admission price at the door is a $10 suggested donation and $5 for students.  The concert has underwriting support from River Bank of Pocahontas and Corning.

JONESBORO – Arkansas State University news outlets brought home Diamond Journalism Awards from the Society of Professional Journalists Arkansas Region, Tuesday, Nov. 14, at the annual SPJ banquet in Little Rock.

A-State outlets including The Herald, the Delta Digital News Service and A-State’s public broadcasting service KASU 91.9 FM received recognition at the banquet held at the Flying Saucer in the River Market district. KASU’s news director Johnathan Reaves and Arkansas Public Media reporter Ann Kenda won for their work simulcast on Arkansas Public Media.

During the 60th anniversary of KASU, it is only appropriate to turn attention to the future of KASU.  What will the next 60 years hold for KASU?  To answer that question, it is important to look at how public broadcasting stations are funded. 

During our KASU Sixtieth Anniversary celebration, we’ve been broadcasting historical features like this one, produced by station manager Mike Doyle.  Mike interviewed an A-State alumnus who has had a long career in broadcast and print media advertising sales after working at KASU during his years as a student majoring in radio-television.  Listen to the entire interview above.  

KASU is a station that has had many broadcasting "firsts" in its 60 years.  In this story, we will look at some of the ways KASU has been the first station in the region, and in some cases, in the state at certain accomplishments.  The series started with the mention that KASU is the oldest non-commercial radio station in Arkansas.  Notice I said it is not the FIRST non-commercial radio station.  Retired Department Chair of Radio-TV and KASU station manager Richard Carvell explains:

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