RADIO SILENCE: ARTBEAT CANCELLED
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.