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 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.

Recent Articles
  • The City Wire

    Mandate Upheld, George’s Renovations Big Topics on The City Wire

    This week on The City Wire, Arkansas Hospital Association officials sound off and weigh in as the heathcare mandate is upheld in the Supreme Court. The Mayor of Van Buren, Bob Freeman, joins us to talk about what the city would get if they vote yes on a half-cent sale tax increase in the upcoming week. In our Arts & Entertainment segment, Brian Crowne, the owner of George’s Majestic Lounge talks about renovations underway that will benefit the band.


    Successful Business, Unemployment Programs Highlighted on The City Wire

    On this week’s City Wire, Sen. Jake Files, R-Fort Smith, and Rep. Uvalde Lindsey, D-Fayetteville, sit down to talk about how neither of them had an opponent in the primary, and neither have an opponent in the general election in November. The two men talk about the state’s possibly historic makeup in the legislature coming up this fall. Plus, a local businesswoman shares her secrets to success as she owns one of the nations most fastest growing communications companies, that […]

  • Boozman on The City Wire

    Marshals Museum Update, Arkansas Senator Opposes Farm Bill in Washington

    On this week’s City Wire, United States Senator John Boozman joins us from Washington D.C. He talks about a bill he’s opposing in the capital, that he says will have a devastating impact on southern farmers. Plus, local funds raised for the Fort Smith Marshals Museum total $10 million. Construction could begin when that number reaches $30 million. The next step is to reach out nationally. Dustin McDaniel, the Arkansas Attorney General announces his run for the 2014 race for […]

  • Economic Health Ratings, Trash Vote Nixed on This Week’s City Wire

    On this week’s City Wire, Kevin Settle, a Fort Smith City Director talks about the trash automation system.  Also, the Fayetteville Shale Play will undoubtedly affect economic activity in the central counties of Arkansas. Hear what our state political analyst has to say about it.

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    Wolfe Running for President After Disagreeing With Obama’s Governance

    On this week’s City Wire, he’s a candidate for President of the United States earning 42% of Arkansas Democratic votes. John Wolfe joins us via Skype for a two-part interview about why he’s running, and his lawsuit involving the state of Arkansas. Plus, Fort Smith Director and Vice Mayor Kevin Settle says he will seek another vote on the city’s sexually-oriented business ordinance when a new Board is seated. Settle said the Board of Directors needs to revisit the ordinance […]

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    The City Wire Analyzes Numbers, Winners Post-Election

    This week on The City Wire, local and state political analysts weighed in post-election on the winners.

  • The City Wire

    Primary Day, Statue Dedication Long Awaited For By City Wire Guests

    This week on The City Wire show, a busy-one, jam packed with guests eager for this weeks start. As early voting ends, polls open Tuesday at 7:30 a.m, and end at 7:30 p.m. Tom Cotton, Republican candidate running for the U.S. House of Representatives, joins us with a look at what he needs number-wise to avoid a runoff. Also on this week’s show, the man behind the statue. Harold Holden, sculptor and artist of the Bass Reeves monument, heads to […]

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    Bear Spotted in Ft. Smith Neighborhood

    A bear was spotted in a south Fort Smith neighborhood Wednesday evening, according to those who live in the area. Police, animal control and Game and Fish officials were called to an area at Fianna Way and St. Anthony to coax  one Black bear out of a tree. Neighbors said they also a bear and a cub, but Game and Fish officials only found one bear. Little Adrian Hughes says he looked out the window and couldn’t believe his eyes. […]

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    MMA Gains Popularity Locally

    It has become one of the nation’s fastest growing sports today. Mixed martial arts packs arenas and convention centers all over the country. But why do people pay top dollar to go see these events? A local husband and wife promoter team gave us some insight. What started out 10 short years ago as a $2 million sport has now grown into a multi-billion dollar sport. Gary Ezell and his wife Sherry run Tribal Promotions, a local company bringing in […]

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    The City Wire Highlights Home Sales, District 9 Senate Seat

    This week on the City Wire, District 9 opponents sit down to talk about desired Senate seat, the CEO of the Farmer’s Co-Op talks about the early spring and their boom in business. Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge celebrates 20 years of service, and Roby Brock joins us from Little Rock with details (and good news) as Gov. Mike Beebe returns from a 12-day trade mission to China.

  • U.S. Senator Mark Pryor and Daren Bobb

    Sen. Pryor, Tax Revenue Big Topics on The City Wire Show: Week 2

  • Liquor Proposal, Mayor Collaboration Among Topics on First ‘5NEWS Presents: The City Wire’

    5NEWS Presents: The City Wire debuted this weekend on KFSM-TV 5 and KXNW-TV 34.


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