KUAR’s normal supervisor leaving Little Rock public radio station


The final supervisor of the College of Arkansas at Little Rock’s public radio stations will depart his put up, he confirmed Friday.

Nathan Vandiver will depart his put up on the helm of KUAR-FM, 89.1, subsequent month, he stated.

Vandiver was beforehand program director for KUAR and KLRE-FM, 90.5, and his time on the stations started as an intern in 2009, when he was nonetheless a pupil at UA-Little Rock. He took over as normal supervisor on an interim foundation after the surprising dying of his predecessor, Ben Fry, in 2016.

He described his 13 years at KUAR as “a privilege” and “extremely gratifying.”

“I’ve discovered an awesome deal on the college and on this job,” he stated. “I am actually grateful to work with the reporters and the workers members right here.”

Fry’s dying of a coronary heart assault in his sleep left everybody on the stations “in full shock,” Vandiver stated, and transferring the stations ahead was “fairly an awesome studying expertise.”

Vandiver’s tasks included deciding on and overseeing the stations’ on-air programming. Throughout virtually 4 years as interim normal supervisor, he oversaw upgrades to each stations’ broadcasting tools.

In 2018, Vandiver acquired the Younger Nonprofit Professionals Community 20 over 20 Award, which celebrates the accomplishments of nonprofit professionals over the age of 20.

He was named normal supervisor on an official foundation in December 2019.

“We have labored onerous the final two years to verify the stations have robust footing, financially and operationally,” he stated. “This can be a good alternative for the subsequent normal supervisor to take the station to the subsequent stage.”

Vandiver’s final day on website shall be July 8, however he’ll work remotely to assist with the management transition earlier than leaving Arkansas, he stated.

He and his household will transfer to the Pacific Northwest, the place his spouse, Julie, has accepted a brand new job, he stated.

Sarah Beth Estes, dean of the Faculty of Humanities, Arts, Social Science, and Training at UALR, stated in an announcement that Vandiver’s time at KUAR and KLRE is enormously appreciated.

“Underneath Nathan’s management, UA-Little Rock public radio grew each its sustaining members and its endowment,” Estes stated. “We want him the perfect in his future endeavors.”

Stephanie Jackson, president of the KUAR Board of Administrators, couldn’t be reached for remark Friday.

Vandiver’s internship on the stations in 2009 led to his hiring as a reporter and anchor, and he expressed appreciation for the establishment’s means to put a basis in younger journalists’ careers.

“We have had college students who’ve gotten their first internships in journalism right here [and] gained expertise that has helped additional their careers,” he stated. “That is been a whole lot of enjoyable, and that is been a gratifying factor to be concerned with.”


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