RA­DIO SILENCE: ARTBEAT CAN­CELLED

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Hut­ton Broad­cast­ing, owner of KVSF 101.5, has can­celled the lon­grun­ning ra­dio pro­gram ArtBeat, hosted by art his­to­rian and lo­cal arts writer Kathryn Davis. ArtBeat de­vel­oped from a se­ries of short artist in­ter­views and ra­dio spots Davis, a con­tribut­ing writer to The Mag­a­zine, was do­ing on KLBU ra­dio when the sta­tion was pur­chased by Hut­ton in 2007. Hut­ton Broad­cast­ing’s owner Scott Hut­ton ap­proached Davis about do­ing a weekly hour­long art pro­gram in 2012. The show aired most re­cently in KVSF’s late morn­ing or early af­ter­noon time slots on Thurs­days, but was im­me­di­ately fol­lowed by the syn­di­cated pro­gram The Sean Han­nity Show. “It never felt like a good fit to me,” Davis told Pasatiempo .“The Richard Eeds Show is in the morn­ings and I think they have a good lis­ten­er­ship but by the time I would come on, that au­di­ence was gone. I think the pro­gram­ming was never con­sis­tent enough.” Davis’ in­ter­views fo­cused on emerg­ing tal­ent and al­ter­na­tive art scenes, giv­ing voice to a younger gen­er­a­tion of artists such as mem­bers of the Meow Wolf and Strangers art col­lec­tives. “I’ve al­ways been in­ter­ested in what’s new, what’s hap­pen­ing, what’s next in Santa Fe and that’s the model that I think was kind of a no-sell for Hut­ton,” she said. “I was heart­bro­ken to have to call and email all my guests that I had booked through the end of the year.” Davis plans to con­tinue ArtBeat in some ca­pac­ity, pos­si­bly through Face­book Live. She an­nounced, via Face­book, a new page on the so­cial me­dia gi­ant for her brand on Nov. 16 called ArtBeat Santa Fe. She plans to con­tinue lo­cal arts cov­er­age via pod­casts, video, live streams, and other av­enues avail­able through so­cial me­dia. — M.A.

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