Longtime public radio GM Ben Fry dies at 54

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Ben Fry, g.m. of UALR Public Radio in Little Rock, Ark., died unexpectedly in his sleep Thursday, according to the station. He was 54.

Fry. (Photo: Michael Hibblen, KUAR News)

Fry (Photo: Michael Hibblen, KUAR News)

Fry had worked at KUAR and KLRE since 1988, starting as the news and information director and rising to program director in 1994. The next year he took over as general manager.

An obituary in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette notes that Fry was spearheading the launch of Natural State News, a statewide journalism collaborative backed by CPB and led by KUAR.

Fry is survived by his wife of 30 years, Karen; daughter, Sarah; and son, Sam.

A memorial service is scheduled for 11 a.m. Monday at St. James United Methodist Church in Little Rock.