Nathan Vandiver

Program Director

Nathan Vandiver is Program Director for UALR Public Radio, which includes KUAR 89.1 and KLRE Classical 90.5.

He oversees the quality of our on-air sound and is responsible for developing and maintaining programming policy, supervising programming staff, and selecting programs for UALR Public Radio.

Phone: 501-683-7389



Arkansas Legislature
6:00 am
Mon March 3, 2014

Politics And The Private Option: An Analysis With Jay Barth

The private option, Arkansas's alternative answer to the full-out Medicaid expansion prescribed by the federal Affordable Care Act continues to hold up progress on the state budget in this fiscal legislative session.

With the political climate surrounding this most-divisive issue, could a few lawmakers be holding out till after the political filing period to cast their vote for the alternative plan? Political scientist Jay Barth joins us to discuss some of the political aspects of this vote.

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The Metropolitan Opera
12:40 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

In Case You Missed It: Metropolitan Opera Releases Its 2014-2015 Season Schedule

John Adams's "The Death of Klinghoffer" has its Met premiere on October 20, 2014, conducted by David Robertson and directed by Tom Morris.
Credit Richard Hubert Smith / English National Opera Photo

The Metropolitan Opera's 2014-2015 season is set to begin Mon., Sept. 22 with a performance of Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro​ conducted by Met Music Director James Levine.

There are several points to note about the Met's upcoming season:

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Arkansas General Assembly
6:06 am
Tue February 25, 2014

Another Critical Vote Ahead For Arkansas's Private Option

The floor of the Arkansas House of Representatives before votes were held last week.
Credit Chris Hickey / KUAR

The Arkansas House of Representatives meets today. Lawmakers have lots of appropriation bills – which continue funding for various programs and agencies – awaiting their approval. They are all held up by the state's “private option,” its Medicaid expansion compromise.

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Local & Regional News
6:06 am
Tue February 18, 2014

Assessing Arkansas Lawmakers At Week Two Of Fiscal Session

The Arkansas House of Representatives are to vote on 'Private Option' reauthorization Tuesday. 75 votes are required for passage.
Credit Chris Hickey / KUAR News

The Arkansas Legislature meets again on Tuesday after the President's Day/Daisy Gatson Bates Holiday.

The state's "private option" plan of expanding Medicaid under the federal health care law is still the top issue. KUAR's Nathan Vandiver and Chris Hickey have a conversation about the political climate at the state Capitol as legislators prepare for a critical vote.

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Arkansas Legislature
9:25 am
Mon February 10, 2014

Private Options, Jails, Political Posturing, All Ahead For This Arkansas Legislative Session

Inside the Arkansas House of Representatives. House Speaker Davy Carter has said the state's alternative Medicaid expansion plan will be an early topic of debate this fiscal session, as the state budget is largely dependant on it.

Arkansas lawmakers have several big issues ahead of them this fiscal legislative session. For its first day, Roby Brock of Talk Business Arkansas, stopped by the KUAR studios to share his thoughts on how the event might play out.

The private option, the future of tax cuts, funding for overcrowded jails, a looming election and ethics scandals are all on the list of topics.

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Radio Signal Strength
11:05 am
Thu February 6, 2014

Experiencing Poor Signal Strength? It's The Ice.

Billy Folsom taking extra care
Credit Charlie Roberts / SimplexQ, LLC

This week many listeners have been asking us about problems with the reception for KUAR and KLRE.

Arkansas's extra ice and winter weather this season are likely the cause of listening difficulties.

When ice falls in the region, it coats our antennas and their towers. That ice increases what's called "reflected power," which in turn can cause our transmitter, the really expensive piece of equipment that sends the signal through our antenna, to overheat.

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Flu Season
3:44 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

Arkansas Flu Deaths On The Rise

Arkansas's number of flu deaths this season is now 25.

Doctor Dirk Haselow, the state's epidemeologist says he thinks the state's flu season has peaked, but total deaths could top 50 before the season is fully over. He says with more flu season ahead, it's not too late to get a flu shot if you haven't had one already.

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Holiday Programming
4:23 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

What You'll Hear On KLRE This Holiday Season

Happy holidays from the staff of KLRE and KUAR!
Credit Michael Hibblen /

In addition to the holiday-themed programming you can already hear on our regularly scheduled programs, KLRE is running two special programs this holiday season.

Christmas Day, Wed., Dec. 25, from 3-6 p.m. KLRE's Matt Patton will air Bach's Christmas Oratorio in its entirety. The work for choir and orchestra depicts the events of the Christian holiday and was intended for performance during the season.

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Holiday Programming
5:41 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

What You'll Hear On KUAR This Holiday Season

Happy holidays from the staff of KLRE and KUAR!
Credit Michael Hibblen /

KUAR is scheduling special programming for the holiday week of December 23-27. We're adding music programs week nights beginning at 9 p.m. Selected Shorts also has a series of shows with a holiday theme, which will air Tuesday-Thursday at 10 p.m.

Christmas Day, Wed., Dec. 25 from 8 a.m.-1 p.m., KUAR will air a block of special programming for the holiday.

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Thanksgiving Special Programming
8:48 am
Tue November 26, 2013

Thanksgiving Special Programming on KUAR

StoryCorps' StoryBooth located in Foley Square, downtown Manhattan.
Credit Courtesy of StoryCorps

KUAR will air special programming on Thanksgiving Day from 2-4 p.m.

Ties the Bind: A StoryCorps 10th Anniversary Special will air 2-3 p.m. and again at 9 p.m. It looks back on the last decade of the program that celebrates everyday people on public radio.

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