Gridiron Emcees

Each year, the Northwest Arkansas Gridiron invites a civic leader of some stature to become a piñata temporarily, or as we like to call them our emcee. They have ranged from politicians who already held office to university faculty who already held tenure to journalists who already had turned in their stories for the day. … More Gridiron Emcees

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

Dave Edmark

A perennial star as an anchor for the Timely News Update, Dave Edmark played such political luminaries as Bernie Sanders and Tim Kaine in the 2016 Gridiron. In the 1980s, Dave sang a show-stopper as former Arkansas Gov. Frank White, taking Fats Domino’s “Blueberry Hill” and singing of his gubernatorial success against a very young … More Dave Edmark

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