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 Past President of the Fort Smith Noon Exchange Club. He also serves on the United Way of Fort Smith board and the Hamilton House board.
MOUNTAINBURG (KFSM)- The people of Mountainburg are still trying to piece their lives back together after a devastating EF-2 tornado tore through the area on Friday, April 13. Despite all the damage left behind by the tornado, it wasn’t enough for the city to get federal funds to rebuild. But, Arkansas Governor, Asa Hutchinson announced he will send $100,000 from a state emergency fund to help with clean-up and some rebuilding. Even with that help, the people of Mountainburg said […]
ARKANSAS (KFSM) — It has become a problem almost as big as this year’s flu season. During the past few years, area hospitals have had an increase in the number of people who go to emergency rooms when they don’t need to. Mercy Hospital in Fort Smith has seen a 21 percent increase within the past three years. Bobbie Lamb is the emergency services director at Mercy Hospital in Fort Smith. She said it’s more than a convenience than anything […]
CONWAY (KFSM) — One of the most familiar sports figures from Arkansas is famous for chipping golf balls, but now he’s not only chipping on the green, he’s serving chips, among other items, at his new restaurant. John Daly Steakhouse is officially open, and pending the success of this restaurant, Daly plans to open a second location in Northwest Arkansas. Daly said he will know sometime within the next two years if he will do so. From cheese fries to […]
CRAWFORD COUNTY (KFSM) — For the first time since a horrific crash left one man dead, the Arkansas State Police trooper who stopped him from driving into on-coming traffic with his patrol car is speaking to 5NEWS about the crash and his recovery. On August 8, Trooper Roy Moomey received a call about a man driving the wrong way on Interstate 40 through Crawford County at a 100 miles per hour. “I wanted to make sure that I was the […]
FORT SMITH (KFSM) — Although it has been around for some time, infant massage hasn’t been widely accepted until recently. Some local mothers have noticed it has paid off with their little ones. “I do it to help relax the baby at night,” Morgen Blankinchip said. “We do it right before bedtime…and it helps release fussiness.” “He knows it’s bath time and he knows it’s massage time after,” Leslie Orellana said. Certified infant massage instructor Cindy Phelan, of Babyflix in Fort […]
FORT SMITH (KFSM) — A local massage therapist spoke to 5NEWS about a treatment that doctors have begun prescribing pregnant mothers: the prenatal massage. “A lot of mommies come in and say their doctors have requested them go ahead and have a massage, especially if they are stressed out or overworked or just got a lot going on,” said BabyFlix therapist Cindy Phelan. The American Pregnancy Association said that prenatal massage can reduce anxiety, decrease symptoms of depression, improve labor […]
LEFLORE COUNTY (KFSM) — A program used to rid Oklahoma of marijuana growing operations has been functioning for 32 years. Since 1983 when the program began, there has been a dramatic decrease in the number of plants found, according to the State Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs. “Back in the early 80’s, we were getting hundreds of thousands of plants,” said Howard Peters, an agent with the bureau. “Now we’re cut down a little bit, and a I I […]
FORT SMITH (KFSM) — The Fort Smith Police Department was searching for a man wanted in connection to a shooting behind El Super Taco located at 2100 Grand Avenue Thursday (Aug. 27). Police said they are looking for Brandon Mathis, 18, in the shooting of Gustavo Delgado, 28. Delgado was shot at least twice, once in the leg and once in the arm or torso area, in the 2100 block of North I Street around 11:30 a.m., according to police. […]
VAN BUREN (KFSM)- What has become known as the Log Town Hill accident is one of the deadliest accidents to ever happen in the River Valley. On June 21, 1985, a little before 8 p.m. that Friday night, an 18-wheeler loaded with frozen pork steaks lost its breaks and barreled down Log Town Hill in Van Buren. The truck went airborne after hitting the railroad tracks at the train depot. It landed on top of a station wagon with seven […]
SEQUOYAH COUNTY, Okla. (KFSM) – A Sequoyah County man was arrested Monday after his eight-year-old cousin was killed in an explosion over the weekend, the sheriff says. Three others in the family were also arrested on suspicion of lesser charges. Brandon Martin, 22, faces a manslaughter charge after Sheriff Ron Lockhart said he fired a high-powered rifle at an outdoor stove full of the explosive material Tannerite in Liberty, Okla. The stove exploded and critically injured Jonathan Phelan, 8, who […]
Deputies have learned that a potential home invasion in Sallisaw was falsely reported following a domestic dispute, according to the Sequoyah County Sheriff’s Office. One man is in jail accused of assault in the incident. A woman called authorities last night to report two men had broken into a home in Sallisaw, and upon further investigation, deputies discovered the altercation began as a domestic dispute and no burglary was committed. Thomas Condit has been arrested on suspicion of domestic violence. […]
We take a look back at some of the biggest news stories affecting the River Valley in 2012. The year began with the murder of a Fort Smith woman. Cassie Cotta was found strangled to death off a county road in Crawford County. Her husband Brent would eventually plead guilty to murder. A few days later, a Fort Smith man was found shot to death in an alley off South 17th street. Brandon Fritts, of Sallisaw, was later found guilty […]