2018 Cast and Crew

The cast and the crew of the 2017 NWA Gridiron are journalists who work at regional publications, broadcast outlets and public relations agencies as well as faculty and students from the School of Journalism and Strategic Media at the University of Arkansas. Full Cast and Crew Emcee – Steve Clark, president, Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce Writers – … More 2018 Cast and Crew

2018 Program

The year of #MeToo brought women to the fore, naming names, setting agendas and running for office. Act 1 “It’s a Beautiful Job” ♫ Won’t you be my reporter Journalists in the White House briefing room learn that the replacement for Sarah Huckabee Sanders is none other than Mr. Rogers. Reporters — Brenda Blagg, Alex … More 2018 Program

2017 Program

With White House mini-scandals arriving on a daily basis, Gridiron writers often had to look away from the national dumpster fire to find funny ideas from what seem relatively sane politics and cultural shifts of the state and regional level. Act 1 “Translating Trump’s Tweets” ♫ It takes a village of reporters Journalists at The … More 2017 Program

2017 Cast and Crew

The cast and the crew of the 2017 NWA Gridiron are journalists who work at regional publications, broadcast outlets and public relations agencies as well as faculty and students from the School of Journalism and Strategic Media at the University of Arkansas. Emcee – Rogers Mayor Greg Hines Writers – Charlie Alison, Brenda Blagg, David Conrads, … More 2017 Cast and Crew

Charlie Alison

Charlie Alison was a sophomore in college when local journalists staged the first Gridiron show in 1978. Because he looked like a sophomore in high school, he was cast to play the baby-faced Arkansas attorney general who was then running for governor: Bill Clinton. He worked for The Springdale News and its successor names for … More Charlie Alison

2016 Program

With a national election between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, the program for the 2016 show should have been easy to write. But as they say, how do you satirize satire. Act 1 “Will Write for Practically Nothing” ♫ Journalists get an obscure visitor Journalists stage a sit-in for higher wages, but their protest is … More 2016 Program

2015 Cast and Crew

KUAF – Antoinette Grajeda and Zeek Martin Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette – Flip Putthoff, Erin Spandorf and Rusty Turner UA Journalism Faculty – Ray Minor and Katherine Shurlds UA Journalism Students – Cecil Anderson, Clarissa Bustamante, DeMarius Davis, Wendy Echeverria, Paige Hegedus, Lauren Hoskins, Cassandra Schirm, James Schlecte, Amanda Simmons, Kris Smith and Julia Trupp University … More 2015 Cast and Crew