Ben Fry

General Manager

Ben Fry has served as General Manager of UALR Public Radio since 1995. He oversees all aspects of administration and operations at KLRE and KUAR, including financial management, engineering, programming and fundraising. Ben joined the UALR Public Radio staff in 1988 as News & Information Director and served as Program Director for one year prior to becoming GM.

His broadcasting career began in his hometown of Wynne, Ark., where he worked weekends at the local radio station while he was still in high school. In 1980, he came to Little Rock to attend UALR and got a part time job with commercial radio station KARN as an announcer. By 1983, he had been promoted to a full time position, as the station's Creative Director, writing and producing commercials. Ben estimates that he wrote more than 3,000 commercials during his time at KARN, which is one of the many reasons he's glad to be working in public radio. 

He received a bachelor's degree in communications from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in 1987 and a master's degree in journalism in 1998. 

Ben is an adjunct professor in UALR's School of Mass Communication, teaching classes in motion picture history, criticism and screenwriting, and serves as the School's coordinator of film studies. He has made presentations about motion pictures at several local events and has written articles about Arkansas film history for the Encyclopedia of Arkansas. He hosts a movie show on UALR's University Television, Home Fry-ed Movies, screening public domain movies and providing commentary. You can read Ben's thoughts on movies, good and bad, old and new, at his blog: http://homefry-edmovies.blogspot.com/

Ben is married and has two children. His wife Karen is a therapist at The Centers for Youth and Families. His daughter Sarah is a graduate student in criminology/sociology at Penn State, and his son Sam attends Central High School in Little Rock.

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Second Friday Cinema
2:56 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Old State House To Screen "White Lightning" - 1973 Movie Shot In Arkansas

Movie poster for "White Lightning"

KUAR is partnering with the Old State House Museum to screen a series of Arkansas-related movies each month on Second Friday Art Night. KUAR General Manager Ben Fry, who also teaches courses in film history and criticism at UALR, will introduce each movie and lead a discussion after the screening. "Second Friday Cinema" is presented in cooperation with the Old State House's exhibit "Lights! Camera!

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Second Friday Cinema
4:14 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Old State House To Screen "A Face in the Crowd" - 1957 Movie Shot in Piggott, Ark.

Movie poster for "A Face in the Crowd"

KUAR is partnering with the Old State House Museum to screen a series of Arkansas-related movies each month on Second Friday Art Night. KUAR General Manager Ben Fry, who also teaches courses in film history and criticism at UALR, will introduce each movie and lead a discussion after the screening. "Second Friday Cinema" is presented in cooperation with the Old State House's exhibit "Lights! Camera!

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Second Friday Cinema
8:10 am
Sat February 1, 2014

Old State House To Screen "Hallelujah" - 1929 Movie Shot In Arkansas

Movie poster for "Hallelujah"

KUAR is partnering with the Old State House Museum to screen a series of Arkansas-related movies each month on Second Friday Art Night. KUAR General Manager Ben Fry, who also teaches courses in film history and criticism at UALR, will introduce each movie and lead a discussion after the screening. "Second Friday Cinema" is presented in cooperation with the Old State House's exhibit "Lights! Camera!

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Second Friday Cinema
3:30 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

Broncho Billy Anderson: Arkansas's First Movie Star

KUAR is partnering with the Old State House Museum to screen a series of Arkansas-related movies each month on Second Friday Art Night. KUAR General Manager Ben Fry, who also teaches courses in film history and criticism at UALR, will introduce each movie and lead a discussion after the screening. "Second Friday Cinema" is presented in cooperation with the Old State House's exhibit "Lights! Camera!

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News About Public Radio
3:14 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

You're Invited To The Friends of KLRE/KUAR Annual Meeting

Friends Annual Meeting, 2011

Celebrate the culmination of our 40th Anniversary with the Annual Meeting of the Friends of KLRE/KUAR on Tuesday, Nov. 12 from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. We will meet at the new headquarters of Southwest Power Pool, 201 Worthen Drive in Little Rock. You can enter your current location in the map below for directions on how to get there.

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Talking About Public Radio
2:35 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

What Do We Do When We Lose "Talk of the Nation"?

Neal Conan of Talk of the Nation

A note to listeners from General Manager Ben Fry:

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Putting the “Pub” In Public Radio
3:10 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

Beers to 40 Years: An Anniversary Celebration

The Friends of KLRE/KUAR Board of Directors invite you to a special fundraising party to celebrate 40 years of public radio in central Arkansas. “Beers to 40 Years” is Thursday, May 30 at 6 p.m. at Boscos Restaurant & Brewing Co. in Little Rock’s River Market District. Reserve your tickets now!

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Community Cinema
3:07 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

Free Advance Screening of ‘The Island President’ in North Little Rock Apr. 2.

Pres. Mohamed “Anni” Nasheed
Credit Chiara Goia

UALR Public Radio, The Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN), and William F. Laman Library invite the public to a free advance screening of "The Island President" as part of Community Cinema Tuesday, Apr. 2, at 6:30 p.m.

ABOUT THE FILM

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