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Pryor Center to Showcase ‘Arkansas News History: Exploring the KATV Collection’ on Dec. 12th

The Pryor Center Presents lecture series concludes its fall season with a holiday-themed installment of “Arkansas News History: Exploring the KATV Collection.” The lecture will feature Randy Dixon and Kyle Kellams and will take place at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 12 at the David and Barbara Pryor Center for Arkansas Oral and Visual History in the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences.

Dixon and Kellams have been exploring historical personalities and events highlighted in the KATV Collection archives since 2018. They will be revisiting some of their favorite Pryor Center Profiles radio segments and showing historical footage in this special presentation.

The KATV Collection, which includes 300 hours of film and 26,000 hours of videotape, was donated to the Pryor Center in 2009. Currently, the collection is being restored and digitized by The MediaPreserve, a Pennsylvania-based company.

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

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Kellams, the news director at 91.3, KUAF, the NPR affiliate for Northwest and Western Arkansas, has been producing the station’s news magazine, “Ozarks at Large,” for more than 30 years.

The event will take place at the Pryor Center, located at 1 E. Center St., Suite 120. It is free and open to the public, with parking available in the Town Center parking deck on East Ave.

The David and Barbara Pryor Center for Arkansas Oral and Visual History captures the history of Arkansas through the collection of spoken memories and visual records. The Pryor Center records oral and visual interviews about Arkansas history and culture and provides public access to the archive, primarily through the website at

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