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Daren Bobb has been a fixture in local media in western Arkansas since 1984. Originally from Jacksonville, Illinois, Daren graduated from the College of Broadcast Journalism at Lewis and Clark College in Godfrey, Illinois before moving to Fort Smith in 1984 to work in the news department at radio station, KTCS.

He first joined the KFSM news team in 1991, working behind the scenes as executive producer and newsroom manager. He remained with the station until 2000. In 1998, he also began working part-time for Clear Channel Radio, and in 2002, he became the full-time, on-air host on Newstalk 1650 KWHN in 2002.
In October 2006, he began his second tour of duty here at KFSM, where he serves as evening co-anchor.

Daren and his wife, Christine, have two children, Allison and Jake. They are active members of St. Boniface Catholic Church in Fort Smith, and Daren serves as President of the church's Men's Club. He also is the immediate past President of the Community Services Clearinghouse board in Fort Smith. He is also a member of Fort Smith Noon Exchange Club.

Recent Articles
  • State GOP Chairman: “We’re Different Than The Democrats” on The City Wire

    This week on The City Wire, the Arkansas Republican party Chairman Doyle Webb talks about the historic shift of GOP control in the state house and senate. The conversation turns heated when Chairman Webb is  asked why he didn’t shun state house candidates who called slavery a “blessing in disquise.” Area Mayors from Rogers, Springdale, Fort Smith and Van Buren join Daren and Michael to talk about their success of 2012, and their hopes for 2013.

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    Crystal Bridges Anniversary, More Walmart Investigations on The City Wire

    This week on The City Wire, Crystal Bridges exceeds expectations as it celebrates it’s one year birthday. Sandy Edwards, the museum’s deputy director joins Daren and Michael to talk about the museum’s current success, and future endeavors. Claude Legris, with the Fort Smith convention and visitors bureau comes on to talk about Christmas Honors. Toys for Tots begins their search for the holiday season. What you can do to help out in the coming weeks.

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    Post-Election Analysis on The City Wire

    This week on The City Wire, it’s everything about the election after the election. 5NEWS Managing Editor Larry Henry talks about the timeline for how long he expects it to take for liquor stores to open in Benton County. Roby Brock joins us from his office in Little Rock to talk about the GOP’s control of both the House and the Senate in Arkansas. Emily Kaitz, singer, songwriter for Outside the Lines, a local folk band comes on in our […]

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    Cotton, Candidates Persistent During Final Push of Campaigning

    On this week’s City Wire, just one week from the election, candidates say they are not giving up as they can see the light at the end of the tunnel. Tom Cotton, 4th District republican congressional candidate talks about what he hopes to tackle during his first six months if he’s voted into office. Charlotte Douglas, a republican candidate for house district 75 also talks about the issues her rural newly drawn district is seeing: mainly struggling to even meet […]

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    Meningitis Warnings, Endorsements on The City Wire Show

    On this week’s City Wire, an area doctor talks about the meningitis outbreak and how the Arkansas Health Department is now warning that all products manufactured by New England Compounding Center are at rick to spread the deadly virus. Rep. Jon Woods, candidate for senate seat district 7 talks about the big issues at hand in his district, along with  Rep. Charlie Collins, running for house seat in district 89, and Steve Breedlove, democrat running for house seat district 75.

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    Rep. Womack, Walmart Protests on The City Wire Show

    On this week’s City Wire, Congressman Womack talks about issues that should have been settled before the recess and what is on Congress’s plate after the recess. Rep. Womack is also expected to be reelected as the Congressman in District 3. A poll taken by Talk Business-Hendrix College shows that 58 percent of voters plan to vote for Womack. His opponent Rebekah Kennedy  received 15.5 percent of the vote, David Pangrac received 6 percent of the vote and 20.5 percent […]

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    Breast Cancer Awareness, Legislative Races Take Center Stage on The City Wire Show

    On this week’s City Wire Show, the election is less than a month away. 5NEWS Managing Editor Larry Henry simplifies the legislative ballot. Also, Paul Graham joins us on set. He’s the republican candidate running for House District 85. UAFS Chancellor Paul Beran talks about new campus construction and programs. Rocky Walker, with the Fort Smith Home Builders Association joins us with a preview of the Fort Smith Parade of Homes. In your Arts & Entertainment segment Kyle Kellams talks […]

  • Local Pro Golfer, Current Mayor Running for Reelection on The City Wire

    This week on The City Wire Show, the Fayetteville Mayor Lioneld Jordan runs for reelection against a former mayor. Also, our political analyst, Roby Brock joins us with poll results on both the state and federal level. The NWA Gridiron show promises laughs from journalists around Northwest Arkansas; and a local Professional golfer joins the PGA tour.

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    College Attainment Programs, Record Enrollment on The City Wire

    This week on the City Wire, John Brown III talks regional attainment numbers and a new program the NWA Council launched to help push those numbers higher. Chancellor Jo Blondin, with Arkansas Tech in Ozark talks about record enrollment at her school and a new program launched in conjunction with UAMS. St. Boniface Catholic School in Fort Smith celebrates 125 years of their Lawn Social. School Principal Karen Hollenbeck, Ed.D, talks with Arts and Entertainment correspondent Kyle Kellams about the […]

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    Polling Methods, Regional Economic Overview on The City Wire

    This week on The City Wire, Jeff Collins, a City Wire Economist analyzes the economic health of the region. Ted Thomas with Diamond Consulting joins us to talk about polling methods as the November election draws near. Tracy Pennartz, a candidate for State Senator in District 9 talks about the issues at hand in her district, and the former Fayetteville Mayor, Dan Coody, wants his old job back. He is running against the incumbent Lioneld Jordan in the November election.

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    University Police Prepare for Sea of Fans Versus Alabama on The City Wire

    This week on The City Wire, University of Arkansas Police regroup, and prepare for a sea of fans before Saturday’s home game against the No. 1 ranked Alabama. Also, Rogers Mayor Greg Hines says he lives in the town he stands for. State Senator Bruce Holland is running to represent a different district. And the Fort Smith Board of Directors table an issue they’ve been sitting on for more than two years now.

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    Development Director Sees Promising Interest in Future Fort Smith Jobs Market

    This week on The City Wire, the director of redevelopment at Chaffee Crossing says he sees promising interest in the future of Fort Smith. Medical Marijuana makes it on to the November ballot. A Fort Smith City Director Elect says has a lot of ideas to bring to the table when he takes over his term in January. And the City Wire will launch a new special with the kickoff of Razorback football. “Tusk to Tail” is a reality read, […]


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