This feature on KAAY is no longer accessible to free users of the Arkansas Business website, so I’m reposting it in document form.
The 20 Arkansas Icons feature was part of the 20th
Anniversary edition of the Arkansas Business magazine, and since the magazine
started in 1984 this probably appeared in 2004. The Icons are defined as "recognized as representative of
the state even by non-Arkansans - people, institutions and phenomena that are
uniquely Arkansas." So KAAY is
among icons such as Bill Clinton, Billy Bob Thornton, Central High School,
Wal-Mart, and the Arkansas Razorbacks.
I have to say it is a shame that KAAY is barely a
fraction of the Icon it once was, which
makes it all the more important to preserve the legacy.