KUAF Internship (summer 2012)

I had an amazing time working with and learning from the staff at KUAF 91.3 FM, Fayetteville’s NPR affiliate. Here’s a list of the stories I produced during my month-long internship.

Block Party (aired May 18, 2012)
Businesses on Block Avenue, which is actually Block Street, organized a celebration to encourage residents to shop locally. I interviewed several business owners about their plans for the Sunday celebration.

Ticks Out Earlier, Spreading Disease (aired May 23, 2012)
Those creepy, blood-sucking ticks were out earlier in 2012 due to warmer than average temperatures. I spoke with local tick experts and the CDC on how they spread disease, how to remove them and the best way to avoid them.

Headstones Added to Confederate Cemetery (aired May 28, 2012)
Sixty-three new stones were installed at the Confederate Cemetery on Rock Street in Downtown Fayetteville and I caught up with the Southern Memorial Association, a group that manages the grounds, which was planning their 139th anniversary of the founding of the cemetery.

Wakarusa Starts Tomorrow (aired May 30, 2012)
Wakarusa, the four day festival running May 31 through June 1, will bring about 20,000 people near the city of Ozark, Ark. in Franklin County. Some local businesses are preparing for the large crowds that spent almost $14 million during last year’s festival.

An Update from Wakarusa (aired June 1, 2012)
Ozarks at Large intern Jon Schleuss gives us an update from the Wakarusa Music Festival being held at Mulberry Mountain in Ozark.

Viewing Venus Transit (aired June 6, 2012)
About 150 people gathered on the grass near the intersection of Knapp Drive and Gifford Avenue in Fayetteville Tuesday to watch the transit of Venus in front of the Sun. Ozarks at Large’s Jon Schleuss was there and talked with some of the people watching the event.

MarchFourth Marching Band (aired June 6, 2012)
Ozarks at Large’s Jon Schleuss caught up with Portland-based MarchFourth Marching Band at this year’s Wakarusa Music Festival. The group, resembling a New Orleans’ line band, is all party.

No-Kill Fayetteville Gains Momentum (aired June 11, 2012)
More than 1,800 animals, about 36 percent of intakes, were euthanized at the Fayetteville Animal Shelter last year. A group of residents formed “No-Kill Fayetteville” to pressure city administrators to lower that rate.

University of Arkansas Students to Pay More for Health Insurance (aired June 18, 2012)
Students will be charged 25 percent more this year for health insurance compared to last year. Mary Alice Serafini, the director of the Pat Walker Health Center, and Pam Delaney, the student health insurance representative, explained these changes.

Push to Make Benton a Wet County
The group “Keep Dollars in Benton County” has until Aug. 8 to turn in enough signatures to get a measure on the ballot that would allow residents to vote on turning the county wet, allowing alcohol sales and manufacture.

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