Arkansas Woodchopper, known more familiarly to his friends and fans as Arkie,
will have been with WLS for 12 years next August. He really did chop wood for
a long time, when living with his parents near Knobnoster, Missouri, where his
father had a farm and a crossroads store. Arkie sometimes worked in the store,
later was a gasoling station attendant. In his spare time, Arkie used to trap.
After selling some skins one day, he bought a watch. He was already calling square
dances at parties, but he wanted to play the fiddle for the dancers, too. So he
pawned his new watch, bought a fiddle and learned to play. On the air now, though,
Arkie accompanies himself only on the guitar.