Ozark Highlands Radio, a new syndicated, hour-long program, will make its debut on Jan. 8, 2016. The weekly show will be broadcast on public radio stations across Arkansas, with 40 original episodes produced each year. In addition to the music, “Feature Host” segments take listeners on a musical journey with historians, authors and personalities who explore the people, stories and history of the Ozark region. Ozark Folk Center State Park, in conjunction with the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism, produces the show, which features live music and interviews recorded at the center’s 1,000-seat auditorium in Mountain View.
“Ozark Highlands Radio is a wonderful format to feature all that the Ozarks and Mountain View have to offer,” Ozark Folk Center State Park Superintendent John Morrow says. “With the creation of the radio program, we’ve expanded our musical offerings at the Ozark Folk Center State Park to include more than 30 feature concerts each season.”
“We’ve incorporated a wide variety of performers into the music that we feature on the program,” says Executive Producer Daren Dortin. “The interesting aspect of this is that listeners will be able to hear the connection of these musical styles and how they bind the Ozarks to other musical traditions.”
Listeners can tune into the weekly episodes each weekend on these Arkansas public radio stations:
• KUAR 89.1 FM Little Rock on Fridays at 8 p.m.
• KASU 91.9 FM Jonesboro on Saturdays at 2 p.m.
• KUAF 91.3 FM Fayetteville on Sundays at 3 p.m.
Archives of aired programs are available at ozarkhighlandsradio.com and include additional content such as extended interviews and performances.
Nightly concerts and Ozark Highlands Radio show recordings begin April 14, 2016. Admission to most evening shows is $12, or $75 season passes are also available. The passes offer season-long admission to the Craft Village, Heritage Herb Garden and nightly music concerts that include 25 feature performances by nationally renowned musicians. Contact the Ozark Folk Center State Park for details and package pricing at 870-269-3851.