KTHV11 Anchor Craig O’Neill and UAPB-TV Sports Director Tim Stubbs have been slated as emcees for the annual event, “Legends and Legacies: An Evening with NFL Stars.” Hosted by the Department of Athletics at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, the event will be held September 22 in the Clinton Presidential Library.
O’Neill graduated from Little Rock’s Central High School in 1968 and from Arkansas State University in Jonesboro in 1972. His career as a deejay began in 1969. A self-confessed sports nut, he became the host of ESPN2 Outdoors in 1995. In 1997, Craig became the stadium announcer for all home football games for the Arkansas Razorbacks.
“In August of 1999, I began to park at THV’s front door and demanding to be put on TV,” said O’Neill; they relented in December 1999. On his first day of work, he was sent to Dallas to cover the Cotton Bowl game between the Arkansas Razorbacks and the Texas Longhorns. In June of 2008, he went into news with Dawn Scott and Liz Massey. O’Neill holds the distinction of being the only disc jockey to ever host a dance at the White House.
Throughout the years, O’Neill has given his time and talents to help many organizations including The American Cancer Society, Big Brothers / Big Sisters, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Arkansas Children’s Theatre, Arkansas Arts Center, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, Muscular Dystrophy Association, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Ballet of Arkansas, Easter Seals, Florence Crittenton Home, American Heart Association, Hope Lodge, VIPS, and Multiple Sclerosis Society. O’Neill is married to his college sweetheart, Jane. They have two grown children, Abby and Thomas, two grandchildren, Bella and Amelia.
Tim Stubbs has been the voice of Golden Lions football and basketball for the past 15 years. In his tenure at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, Stubbs currently serves as Sports Director of UAPB-TV and hosts a daily UAPB Sports Talk Show, “The Game” on the campus radio station, KUAP 89.7 FM, where he discusses the different facets of all 16 of UAPB Sports.
Stubbs began his broadcast career at KXFE 106.9 FM (2000-2002) in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, where served as an on-air disc jockey and sports personality. He also served as color commentator of the station’s broadcast of local high school football games in Pine Bluff. When he’s not broadcasting UAPB games or working in the TV station, Stubbs enjoys golfing, hunting, fishing, photography and rooting for his beloved St. Louis Cardinals. This Pine Bluff, Arkansas, native is a 1999 graduate of Berean University in Springfield, Missouri, and is a 1996 graduate of Watson Chapel High School.
“Legends and Legacies: An Evening with NFL Stars.” a gala event is aimed at bringing some of the all-time greatest players to ever play in the National Football League (NFL) with the goal of raising proceeds to support scholarships for football student-athletes at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB). Festivities will begin at 6:00 p.m. with a reception and silent auction of NFL memorabilia and continue at 7:15 p.m. with musical entertainment by the famed UAPB Jazz Band and dinner with NFL stars. Tickets are $250/person and can be purchased by calling the Office of Development at (870) 575-8701.