Nathan Vandiver Steps In as Interim Program Director at KUAR

NPR’s Little Rock member station, KUAR-FM, 89.1, has a new interim program director.

His name: Nathan Vandiver.

Vandiver was previously an intern for KUAR (and, a couple of years ago, Arkansas Business), then became an anchor and reporter.

He’s filling in for Regina Scruggs, who left at the end of April. Scruggs was appointed in November to fill in for Ron Breeding, who departed in July 2012. General Manager Ben Fry said Scruggs’ departure was amiable.

Vandiver’s main duties are “overseeing the non-music programming,” Fry said. “He’s working with announcers making sure all the equipment is working properly. One of his duties is overseeing our syndicated programs on air.”

Fry said Vandiver was “very valuable” in choosing content to replace Neal Conan’s “Talk of the Nation,” which was recently canceled by NPR.

Meanwhile, KUAR is in the process of hiring a permanent program manager.

“As I understand it, Nathan will be applying for the position permanently,” Fry said.