KUAF, NPR Affiliate, Celebrates 30th Anniversary

FAYETTEVILLE, AR -- A local broadcasting institution in Northwest Arkansas, is celebrating a major milestone.

Friday marked the 30th anniversary for KUAF, 91.3 FM, Northwest Arkansas' National Public Radio affiliate.

The City of Fayetteville marked the occasion by declaring January 16, 2015 as "KUAF 91.3 FM 30th Anniversary Day".

KUAF broadcast its first NPR program (All Things Considered) on January 16, 1985.

It all started as a 10 watt college radio station in 1973. Rick Stockdell, KUAF General Manager, turned the station into a full-time, professionally operated NPR station in 1985. For a few years KUAF remained low power, operating at 100 watts, just enough to cover Fayetteville and parts of Washington County.

Now, KUAF is a 100,000 watt station, with a listening area that includes 600,000 residents and has a weekly listening audience of 50,000.

KUAF will continue to celebrate its 30th year as a NPR station for the rest of the year, with many events planned including; a panel discussion on the history of the station at the Fayetteville Public Library on February 24 featuring long-time air personality and music director (now retired) PJ Robowski; a "live" show from the stage at the Walton Arts Center on May 21; and a live broadcast of an Artosphere Orchestra concert at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville on June 24.


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