Sticker-covered can at community radio station KABF. Photo: J. Waits
On October 7, 2016, I visited long-time community radio station KABF-FM in Little Rock, Arkansas. Launched in 1984, the 100,000 watt station has as its mission to be the "Voice of the People" and it is closely aligned with social justice movements. Volunteer DJs and hosts produce a wide range of music, public affairs and news programs and some of that programming is made available to community radio stations all over the country.
My Arkansas travels continue with a trip to see college radio station KUOZ-LP at University of the Ozarks in Clarksville. Launched as a low power FM station in 2003, KUOZ is the descendant of a radio history on campus that dates back to the 1980s. With close ties to the campus television station, which is just down the hall from KUOZ, the radio station has a broad line-up of music, public affairs, sports and news programming.