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
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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.

  • City Wire

    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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    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. […]

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    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.   

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    ‘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 […]

  • City Wire

    Medical Marijuana, Casinos Could See Ballot

    This week on The City Wire, the Fort Smith City Administrator, Ray Gosack, talks about long and short-term goals for the city. The Fort Smith Symphony gears up for their Fall season, and Roby Brock, our state political analyst shows us poll results affecting the upcoming ballot.

  • City Wire

    Drought Lowers Lakes, Fails to Hydrate Herd; Experts Weigh In

    This week on The City Wire, the extreme drought continues it’s grip on the region. Jay Carter, CEO of Farmer’s Co-Op joins us to talk about how farmers are dealing with the lack of rainfall and excruciating heat. Carter also offers insight on those with home gardens. (It’s not all bad news.) Jared Trammel with Beaver Lake’s Corp of Engineers talks about how the extreme drought is lowering lake levels each day. The landmark Monte Ne tower is exposed, which […]

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    30-Year Cancer Study Enrollment This Week

    How would you like to be a part of cancer research? The local Chapter of the American Cancer Society and Mercy Hospital Fort Smith has announced two dates in which you can enroll in a 30-year cancer prevention study. Enrollment appointments are set for June 19 and 20 in Mercy’s Hennessy Room. The National Cancer Society Campaign to sign up 300,000 people will include an estimated 300 people locally. “Anybody is allowed to participate between the ages of 30 and […]


    Ballot Measures Discussed Among Officials On The City Wire

    On this week’s City Wire, a full bag of topics that could affect the state if they make it to the November ballot. Michael Lindsey with the Rogers-Lowell Chamber of Commerce joins us with the chamber’s stance on issues affecting Northwest Arkansas specifically, like the battle to sell booze in Benton County, and the highway bond tax, funding for Interstate-540. Randy Zook, the President of the Arkansas State Chamber traveled from his office at the state capital. He has a […]

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    Lt. Gov. Darr: ‘Return State’s Surplus to Taxpayers’

    There’s something for everyone on this week’s City Wire. Doug Babb, CEO of Cooper Clinic brings the physicians response to the Supreme Court’s ruling of the health care mandate being upheld. Lt. Governor Mark Darr joins us on the program and brings his two cents on issue. Lt. Gov. Darr also talks about the state’s latest effort at becoming financially transparent, and his response when Daren Bobb asked him about a possible gubernatorial run in 2014.


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