Jay Curtis

General Manager

Jay calls himself a "media producer" in a world of diversification. Jay earned a Bachelor of Arts in Radio/TV/Film Production from the University of Louisiana at Monroe and worked in video, feature film and television production for over 10 years before joining KEDM full time.

He started at KEDM in 1993 as a student board operator, and worked in KEDM's Production and Promotion departments while working full time in television. In May of 2009, Jay became KEDM Program Director, and became KEDM General Manager in August of 2012.

He believes in the service that KEDM provides to the community, whether it's NPR News or featuring local music artists.

Jay also leads ULM's student-operated alternative rock station, 91X KXUL-FM.

Jay still regularly freelances in sports television production for ESPN, Cox Sports, and others. Jay and his family live in West Monroe.

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Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards announced today the launch of a coordinated effort to recruit volunteers with medical backgrounds to help with the increased load on the state's healthcare system due to COVID-19.

Led by the University of Louisiana system of eight universities and LSU, the website COVID-19LAvolunteers.org is now recruiting students in healthcare fields, retirees, and active members of the medical community to sign up to volunteer.

The Louisiana Department of Health has confirmed the first positive case of COVID-19 at St. Francis Medical Center in Monroe.

From a statement by St. Francis Medical Center:

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Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards took additional significant measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in Louisiana, further limiting the size of gatherings to fewer than 50 people, closing casinos, bars and movie theaters and limiting restaurants to delivery, take out and drive-through orders only. These changes are effective statewide at midnight.

Operations may be able to resume on April 13, however, the situation will be reevaluated seven days prior. In Louisiana, there are 132 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and two people have died.

Louisiana Tech University

In a letter to students, Louisiana Tech University President Les Guice announced the transition of classes to "all online or other alternative method of course delivery" beginning Monday, March 16.

University operations will continue and the campus remains open. Housing, dining and other services will continue to be provided.

Updated 8:32 p.m. 3/20/2020

The following businesses and entites have announced closures in northeast Louisiana:

University of Louisiana Monroe

The University of Louisiana at Monroe is transitioning all classses online beginning Thursday, March 19. The move follows a cancellation of all face-to-face classes for Monday, March 16, through Wednesday, March 18.

ULM President Nick Bruno released a letter to students, faculty and staff, providing updated information on preparations to slow the spread of coronavirus.

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KEDM Public Radio and the Monroe Chamber of Commerce held a Meet the Candidates Forum for Monroe City Council, Monday, February 17 at 6 p.m. at the Monroe Civic Center Convention Center. 

Candidates for City Districts 2, 3, 4, and 5 answered a variety of questions before an audience of over 100 people. Questions covered topics relating to Monroe government, including crime, infrastructure, a new casino in Monroe, and more.

All the candidates in each district were in attendance,  and the forum was broadcast live on 90.3 KEDM Public Radio.

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University of Louisiana at Monroe President Dr. Nick Bruno has announced his intention to retire June 30, 2020.

In a letter to faculty, staff, and supporters. Bruno writes that today ULM is known as a medical science center. He writes that the next opportunities for the University "will take several years of coordination and commitment to be realized," and that he cannot commit the additional time required to do so.

Supports of Governor John Bel Edwards have changed tactics for a local event. The March in Support of John Bel Edwards is now "Let's Vote Together."

The event begins at 4:30 p.m. at 210 North 18th Street, with speakers beginning at 5 p.m. The event features food, rides to the polls, and volunteer activism. Those attending will be asked to volunteer to increase voter turnout on election day.

At the conclusion of the event, those attending will cast ballots at the Ouachita Parish Health Unit on DeSiard.

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Governor John Bel Edwards urged voters to vote early and work hard to get people to the polls in a rally in Monroe just hours before President Donald Trump appears at an event at the Monroe Civic Center.

Edwards stopped at Charles Johnson Children's Park near Louisiana Purchase Gardens and Zoo.

Speaking to a group of supportes numbering around 200, Democratic Gov. Edwards spoke about his Republican opponent Eddie Rispone. "Eddie knows he can't win on issues. That's why he's trying to make this election about Washington, D.C. I've always put Louisiana first."