Pryor Center Presents ‘Arkansas News History: Exploring the KATV Collection’ Tonight

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Tontitown Grape Festival, from the The KATV Collection

For the past two years, Randy Dixon, director of news archives and media at the David and Barbara Pryor Center for Arkansas Oral and Visual History, has been a weekly guest on KUAF’s Ozarks at Large hosted by Kyle Kellams. In each Pryor Center Profiles segment, they examine historical personalities and events highlighted with audio clips that Dixon has discovered in the Pryor Center’s KATV Collection archives.

Join Dixon and Kellams tonight at 6 p.m. for Pryor Center Presents “Arkansas News History: Exploring the KATV Collection” as they revisit some of their favorite radio segments and share some of the historical footage.

This event is scheduled to be held in person at the Pryor Center and via Zoom.  In the event of inclement weather, notification of cancellation will be posted on the Pryor Center website homepage in the Upcoming Events section. 

If you wish to attend virtually, please register in advance with an email address that is associated with a Zoom account. Registration is not required for in-person attendance.

Before coming to the Pryor Center, Dixon spent more than three decades of his media career at KATV Channel 7 News in Little Rock. He oversaw the donation of the news archive to the Pryor Center in 2009 and is now organizing the digitization of the collection.

Kellams is the news director at 91.3, KUAF, the NPR affiliate for Northwest and Western Arkansas. For more than 30 years, he has produced the station’s news magazine, Ozarks at Large. The program is heard every Monday through Friday at noon and 7 p.m. and Sunday morning at 9 a.m. 

The Pryor Center is located at 1 E. Center St., Suite 120. The event is free and open to the public, and parking is available on the Fayetteville Square.

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Go to the Pryor Center homepage for more information.

About the David and Barbara Pryor Center for Arkansas Oral and Visual History: The David and Barbara Pryor Center for Arkansas Oral and Visual History is an oral history program with the mission to document the history of Arkansas through the collection of spoken memories and visual records, preserve the collection in perpetuity, and connect Arkansans and the world to the collection through the Internet, TV broadcasts, educational programs, and other means. The Pryor Center records audio and video interviews about Arkansas history and culture, collects other organizations’ recordings, organizes these recordings into an archive, and provides public access to the archive, primarily through the website at The Pryor Center is the state’s only oral and visual history program with a statewide, seventy-five county mission to collect, preserve, and share audio and moving image recordings of Arkansas history.

About the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences: The Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences is the largest and most academically diverse unit on campus with three schools, 16 departments and 43 academic programs and research centers. The college provides the majority of the core curriculum for all University of Arkansas students.

About the University of Arkansas: As Arkansas’ flagship institution, the U of A provides an internationally competitive education in more than 200 academic programs. Founded in 1871, the U of A contributes more than $2.2 billion to Arkansas’ economy through the teaching of new knowledge and skills, entrepreneurship and job development, discovery through research and creative activity while also providing training for professional disciplines. The Carnegie Foundation classifies the U of A among the few U.S. colleges and universities with the highest level of research activity. U.S. News & World Report ranks the U of A among the top public universities in the nation. See how the U of A works to build a better world at Arkansas Research News.


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