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



News About Public Radio
3:14 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

KUAR Reworks Midday Programming, Adds 'The Takeaway'

Hosts Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson
Credit Kalman Zabarsky for Boston University Photography / WBUR/NPR

A note to listeners from Interim Program Director Nathan Vandiver:

As announced earlier by NPR, Talk of the Nation leaves the air as of Thursday, June 27 and though it will be missed, its departure gives KUAR the opportunity to bring the voice and perspective of a new show to the central Arkansas airwaves.

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Teen Birth Rate
7:14 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Arkansas's Teen Birth Rate High, But Dropping With Rest Of US

A report from the CDC and the National Center for Health Statistics says teen birthrates are dropping in the US in all but two states.

Arkansas is among the states where the rate is dropping, but it has one of the highest rates.

Arkansas had a 16 percent decline in overall teen births between 2007 and 2011.

Brady Hamilton, a statistician with the National Center for Health Statistics, says the study can help shape public policy regarding teen pregnancy.

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Oklahoma Tornado Recovery
5:52 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

UALR Staffer To Take Vanload Of Supplies To Tornado Victims

As the citizens of Moore, Oklahoma work to clean up the damage and rebuild following the tornado that destroyed part of the town this week, help is pouring in from surrounding areas.

One person on the University of Arkansas at Little Rock campus is helping.

Leanna Payton, who works in student housing is gathering odds and ends like toiletries, diapers and cell phone chargers to take to Moore. She plans to fill a van with the items.

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Concealed Carry on Campus
11:53 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

University Boards So Far Opting Out; UA, ASU To Decide Concealed Carry

Credit Robert Nelson /

Thursday the University of Arkansas System Board of Trustees is scheduled to meet and vote on whether to allow permitted faculty and staff to carry concealed handguns on its campuses throughout the state.

The Arkansas State University Board is also expected to vote on the matter Thursday.

The state legislature recently passed a law that gives colleges the choice, though all schools that have voted so far have opted out of allowing concealed weapons on campus.

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Treasurer Kickbacks
5:54 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

US Attorney: State Treasurer's Alleged Actions Erode Public Trust

US Attorney Chris Thyer (at podium) told reporters after Arkansas Treasurer Martha Shoffner's arraignment hearing that she was arrested over the weekend after accepting $6,000 from an FBI informant.
Credit Nathan Vandiver / KUAR

US Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas Chris Thyer said Monday that allegations against state Treasurer Martha Shoffner are grave.

He spoke to reporters after Shoffner made her initial court appearance on charges she accepted money from a broker in return for investing state money with that broker.

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Arkansas Politics
9:51 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

Legislators Say So Long, Carter Says Some Other Time

Arkansas Speaker of the House Davy Carter said the state should loosen its term limit restrictions for state legislators and consider open primary elections as ways to better represent its populous.
Credit Nathan Vandiver / KUAR

State lawmakers met briefly this morning to formally adjourn the legislature, making for a quiet end to an otherwise action packed legislative session.

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State Scholarship Cuts
7:23 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Arkansas Higher Ed To Cut $5 Million From Scholarship Fund

Credit / Arkansas Department of Higher Education

Arkansas Department of Higher Education Director Shane Broadway says expected cuts to state scholarship programs will affect students applying for those awards for this coming school year and beyond.

He says during the recent legislative session the Department didn’t get a requested additional $7 million to shore up estimated shortfalls, but did get $2 million to save the Governor’s Distinguished Scholarships. That scholarship goes to 300 high-achieving students.

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Bomb Threat
7:50 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

Twitter Bomb Threat Turned Up Fake

A bomb threat made via twitter to the Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock Tuesday didn’t disrupt activities.

Captain Edwin Wolf of the Little Rock Fire Department says a search of the building didn’t turn up any explosives.

He says bomb threats for the presidential library are rare.

"We get this occasionally for schools, high schools, things like that, but not for the Clinton Library, it's not very common," Wolf said.

Central Arkansas Library System Events
7:43 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

'Big Library Read' To Showcase E-Book Benefits

Credit Central Arkansas Library System /

The Central Arkansas Library System is set to take part in a worldwide event beginning Wednesday called the “Big Library Read.”

It’s a giant book club of sorts where participants all simultaneously check out the same book via e-readers.

Carol Coffey with CALS said it’s a pilot program to promote libraries e-book offerings.

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Technology Park
9:43 am
Thu May 9, 2013

Little Rock Tech Park Board To Pause Site Selection, Review Purpose

The Little Rock Technology Park Authority Board decided at its May meeting to meet again in two weeks to discuss the tech park's purpose and which types of businesses might take advantage of it.
Credit Nathan Vandiver / KUAR

The Little Rock Technology Park Authority Board is putting off selection of a site for the city’s tech park in order to discuss the specific types of research businesses that might be attracted to it.

The main topic of discussion for the Little Rock Tech Park Board has focused on site selection, but at its meeting Wednesday, members began delving into the basic purpose for the park and whether they need to consider two sites rather than one.

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