Arkansas Media

Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

It has been 30 years since a legendary Little Rock radio station changed formats, marking the end of a key chapter for Arkansas media. This past weekend, many former employees of KAAY-AM 1090 got together to share stories and reflect on changes in the industry.

A judge has issued an arrest warrant for a housing agency's executive director over claims he didn't provide documents requested by an Arkansas newspaper.

District Judge Alice Lightle signed the warrant Thursday for Rodney Forte, the executive director of the Metropolitan Housing Alliance. An arrest affidavit by the Pulaski County prosecuting attorney's office states Forte is facing a misdemeanor charge of failing to comply with the Freedom of Information Act.

A prosecutor says Forte wasn't taken into custody but will have to appear later in court.

Arkansas Times

The Arkansas Times turns 40 this year. The publication’s playfulness, its literary and investigative ambitions, have survived a battle between two daily papers, arson and a crisis in the journalism industry. The Historic Arkansas Museum is currently showing an exhibition on the paper’s history. 

The first edition of the Union Station Times, later to become The Arkansas Times, told readers, "When muck arises it will be raked." In 1974, 22- year-old Alan Leveritt published the first edition with a $200 donation.

Jonesboro's police chief is to serve a 30-day suspension and issue written apologies to The Jonesboro Sun and a former reporter at the paper for derogatory comments he made on Facebook.

Mayor Harold Perrin announced Friday that Chief Michael Yates would be suspended without pay and has to undergo additional training. Perrin also instructed the city attorney to review the police department's policies on releasing public information and to correct any deficiencies.

The publisher of the Jonesboro Sun wants the city police chief to quit, saying the chief bullied one of the newspaper's reporters into quitting by making derogatory statements about her on Facebook.

In a story published Tuesday, Sun Publisher David Mosesso said Chief Michael Yates had maligned Sunshine Crump's character and was interfering with the Sun's ability to conduct its business.

Yates did not return a call from The Associated Press, but told the newspaper he was exercising his free speech rights.

During the legislative session that wrapped up this week, Twitter was used more than ever before by lawmakers to share opinions and debate ideas. KUAR’s Nathan Vandiver has more with Roby Brock of Talk Business Arkansas.

Services Set For Arkansas Journalist Bob McCord

Apr 15, 2013

Services are set for longtime journalist Robert "Bob" McCord, who was a driving force behind establishment of the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act. 

McCord died Sunday at age 84. A memorial service is scheduled for 1 p.m. Thursday at Lakewood United Methodist Church in North Little Rock. A reception at the church will follow the service.

McCord worked as an editor at both the Arkansas Democrat and the Arkansas Gazette and for a decade owned the North Little Rock Times. He also wrote a column for the Arkansas Times from 1992 until 2006. 

Arkansas Senate OKs FOI Exemption For Accident Reports

Mar 12, 2013

The Arkansas Senate has unanimously approved keeping the names of children involved in motor vehicle accidents from being released to the public.

The Senate voted 35-0 Tuesday to exempt the identities of minors listed in motor vehicle accident reports from being released under the state Freedom of Information Act. The proposal now heads to the House for a vote.

Arkansas Gazette
Arkansas Gazette

It was the oldest newspaper west of the Mississippi River and an institution in Arkansas. This weekend former employees of the Arkansas Gazette will gather to mark the 20 year anniversary of the newspaper’s death.

The last issue of the Arkansas Gazette hit the streets on October 18, 1991, capping a fierce battle between it and the Arkansas Democrat.

KUAR's Malcolm Glover Wins Gracie Award

Feb 22, 2011
Malcolm Glover
Kara Conlon

Malcolm Glover, a reporter and KUAR's local host during Morning Edition, has won a Gracie Award for his reporting on female veterans.

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