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Pryor Center Presents Randy Dixon and Kyle Kellams – Arkansas News History: Exploring the KATV Archives
The Pryor Center Presents lecture series presented by the David and Barbara Pryor Center for Arkansas Oral and Visual History in the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences continues with 'Arkansas News History: Exploring The KATV Collection.'

For the past year, Dixon has been a weekly guest on Ozarks at Large hosted by Kellams on KUAF, the NPR radio station in Northwest Arkansas. They examine historical personalities and events highlighted with audio clips that Dixon has discovered in the KATV Collection archives.

KATV Channel 7, the ABC television affiliate in Little Rock, began broadcasting in 1953 when all news footage was captured on film. In the late 1970s, when the station was making the transition from shooting news stories on film to recording on videotape, the news director, Jim Pitcock, created the KATV News archive. In 2009 KATV donated the collection of 300 hours of film and 26,000 hours of videotape to the Pryor Center. The MediaPreserve, a Pennsylvania-based company, is currently restoring and digitizing the collection.

Join us as Dixon and Kellams revisit some of their favorite Pryor Center Profiles segments and show you the historical footage.

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

Kyle 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 7:00 p.m. and Sunday morning at 9:00.

Mar 3, 2021 06:00 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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