Sport Radio Face-Off and a Note to the FDIC in This Week’s Arkansas Business

This week’s Arkansas Business newspaper is online here. Among this edition’s content:

KARN-AM/FM, 920/102.9 — now home to a weekend golf program — is changing its AM station to an all-sports station, and sports-radio leader KABZ-FM, 103.7, will feel the ripples.

Employees of scandal-plagued Stanford Group Co. in Little Rock have picked up new employment elsewhere. (Related: The Memphis Commercial Appeal on investors who lost big.)

Electronic gaming kept Arkansas’ two racetracks alive, bringing in valuable tourist dollars to West Memphis and Hot Springs in spite of competition in Mississippi and recession. (Also: Richard Davies, executive director of the Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism, on why Arkansas tourism is still swinging.)

J. French Hill, chairman and CEO of Delta Trust & Banking Co. of Little Rock, writes an open letter to FDIC Chairman Sheila Blair on the FDIC’s plans to take $27 billion out of the banking system during 2009 by way of a special assessment.

Ron Fournier, the Associated Press’ Washington bureau chief, and Tom Hallman Jr., who won a Pulitzer Prize at The Oregonian of Portland, are among the speakers at the Society of Professional Journalists’ Region XII conference April 3-4 in Little Rock.

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