The new year will bring a new radio show for the Central Arkansas Library System, set to air on KABF-FM, 88.3 in January.
The weekly show — to be broadcast every Friday noon- 2 p.m. — will start Jan. 8. The library system underwrote the block of programming with a $20,000 grant from its endowment. The yearly payment will continue for five years.
The show, which is yet to be named, will feature Arkansas singers and audio recordings about library programs, Arkansas authors and artists, and excerpts of oral histories.
The Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, CALS’ Arkansas history department, has an extensive collection of music by Arkansas musicians and about Arkansas. The Butler Center has also collected many oral histories, or stories of the lives of Arkansans. These audio files will be included in the programming, which is a way to promote a greater understanding and appreciation of Arkansas history, literature, art, and culture.
CALS Director Bobby Roberts said, “This new underwriting agreement will enable us to offer news of CALS programming, recordings of public appearances by authors and other speakers, and excerpts of oral histories and other historical materials in free, readily accessible ways. This will be of special benefit to people who are homebound or who have visual limitations.”
KABF 88.3FM is a community-based, listener-supported, noncommercial, nonprofit tax exempt organization. Broadcasting at 100,000 watts throughout central Arkansas and beyond, the maximum allowed by the FCC, KABF has been on the air for 31-years as the “Voice of the People” in Arkansas with 50,000 listeners weekly.
KABF provides block programming across all of the musical and public affairs interests from jazz to blues to gospel to rock, as well as uniquely providing the first Spanish, Indian, and other voices in Arkansas that cannot be heard anywhere else.