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 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 been married since August of 1985. They have two children, Allison and Jake. They are active members of St. Boniface Catholic Church in Fort Smith. He also is a past President of the Community Services Clearinghouse board in Fort Smith. He is President-elect of the Fort Smith Noon Exchange Club. He also serves on the United Way of Fort Smith board, the Hamilton House board and the Fort Smith Crimestoppers board.

Recent Articles
  • 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.

  • 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 […]

  • 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.

  • 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 […]

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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, […]

  • Rep. Womack Confident Residents Will Defend Our Defenders, On City Wire Show

    On this week’s City Wire Show, Rep. Womack says he is confident residents will show their loyalty to the city of Fort Smith at the “Defending our Defenders Tour.”

  • VIDEO: 188th Caught in Political Decision, Congressmen Plan Public Meeting

    House Armed Services Readiness Subcommittee Chairman Rep. Randy Forbes and Arkansas congressmen will host “Defending our Defenders,” a public listening session which will show support of the 188th Fighter Wing in Fort Smith. The meeting will be held Tuesday, Aug. 21, at Arkansas Best Corporation Performing Arts Center at the Fort Smith Convention Center. Doors open at 5 p.m. and the program will begin at 6 p.m. Rep. Steve Womack, Sen. John Boozman, Sen. Mark Pryor, Rep. Mike Ross, Rep. […]

  • New National Guard General Shows Support for 188th on The City Wire

    This week on The City Wire, Brigadier General Mark Berry, with the Arkansas National Guard show his support for the 188th, the place where he comes from. Other topics on this week’s show include the signature effort to oppose the Bella Vista City Council in building a Walmart Neighborhood Market at Hwy 71 and Oldham Road. Entrepreneurship proves successful in the region, with organizations like Innovate Arkansas and the ArkChallenge.   

  • ‘Recession-Proof’ Bentonville, Proactive Marketing Campaign on The City Wire

    This weekend on The City Wire, the progression of our region, from potential jobs in the River Valley to the seemingly recession-proof City of Bentonville. Mike Malone, the President of the Northwest Arkansas Council joins us to talk about the region’s new proactive, external marketing strategy to draw in businesses to the region. Jobs could come to the River Valley after a company looks into placing a power line using wind mills from the Plains of Texas and Oklahoma east […]