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.

Ben Fry on the air during a fund drive in September 2015.

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 Baptist Health. His daughter Sarah is a graduate student in criminology/sociology at Penn State, and his son Sam attends UALR, where he is pursuing a degree in computer programming.

Phone:
501-569-8489

E-mail: ben@kuar.org

Ways to Connect

Second Friday Cinema is back with a series of more recent movies with Arkansas connections. KUAR and the Old State House will present  a screening of War Eagle, Arkansas (2007) on Friday, Sept. 11,  at the Old State House Museum.

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In 2007, Little Rock businessman and community leader Vincent Insalaco was able to bring his dream of making a movie to reality. War Eagle, Arkansas (originally titled simply War Eagle) is based on the lives of Insalaco's son, Vincent III, and his friend Tim Ballany, whose cerebral palsy keeps him in a wheelchair. Insalaco hired Arkansan Graham Gordy to write the script and gave several other young filmmakers a chance to work on the film. The result was a movie that won several awards at film festivals and is one of the finest films shot in Arkansas in the past decade.

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Don Haney, host of KUAR's Haney's Jazz and former midday announcer at KUAR and KLRE, died on Tuesday, March 24. Haney was 80. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, March 31 at Ashby Funeral Home.

KUAR and the Old State House will present  a screening of End of the Line (1987) on Friday, Jan. 9,  at the Old State House Museum, as part of the Second Friday Cinema series.

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KUAR and the Old State House will present  a screening of The Legend of Boggy Creek (1972) on Friday, Oct. 10,  at the Old State House Museum, as part of the Second Friday Cinema series.

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KUAR and the Old State House will present  a screening of September 30, 1955 (1977) on Friday, Aug. 8,  at the Old State House Museum, as part of the Second Friday Cinema series.

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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!

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!

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!

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!

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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