Add by RSS Feed
Get the Android app
Get the iOS app
On the Line
A biweekly podcast from the Texarkana Gazette. Host Karl Richter talks with some of the most interesting people in Texarkana USA. Recorded in the Texarkana Gazette's Starbear Studio.
3 days ago
ALEXANDER COLD CASE: Cheryl Hester, genetic and forensic genealogist
The unsolved murders of young Karen and Gordon Alexander have haunted Texarkana for more than 40 years. In April 1981, Karen, 14, and Gordon, 13, were found brutally stabbed to death in their Arkansas-side home. Infamous serial killer Henry Lee Lucas later claimed to be the murderer, but his confession was found to be false. The case went cold, but interest has recently increased, in large part because of a Facebook group focused on finding justice for Karen and Gordon. That new spotlight on the case attracted the attention of this episode's guest. Texarkana native Cheryl Hester is an expert in the emerging science of forensic genealogy. Karl and Cheryl talked about what that means and how her skills just might lead to a breakthrough in the Alexander case. LINK: AdvanceDNA
Aug 2, 2022
Jrmar Jefferson, Democratic candidate for U.S. House
In May, Texarkana native Jrmar “JJ” Jefferson won the Democratic nomination to represent Texas' 1st Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. With about 12 weeks until voting begins, we offered Jefferson the opportunity to share his story and views. As you'll hear, he had a lot to say.
1 hr 10 min
Jul 26, 2022
Encore: Christa Henry, PGHS boys' soccer coach
In this episode recorded in January, Texarkana Gazette reporter Andrew Bell joined host Karl Richter to interview Christa Henry, boys' soccer coach at Texarkana's Pleasant Grove High School. As you'll hear, there's no limit to her passion for the game. She talked about the career path that led her to Texarkana, her plans to build a championship team and what it's like to be a woman coaching a boys sport.
Jul 12, 2022
Bill Owney, auto industry journalist
Between high gas prices, global supply chain problems and a new headline about electric vehicles practically every day, many people are thinking about what they drive. It's the perfect time to check in with Bill Owney, who writes the Gazette's weekly “Test Drive” car review column. Bill and host Karl Richter talked about the current car market, the future of EVs, how to cut your fuel bill, the new vehicles he loves and a lot more.
Jun 28, 2022
Trey Outlaw, Arkansas High head football coach and AD
Recently hired Arkansas High School athletic director and head football coach Trey Outlaw brings a track record of success to his new position. As you'll hear, he has worked with many of the winningest football coaches and programs in Arkansas. Guest host Andrew Bell talked with Outlaw about his goals for the Razorbacks, the team culture he aims to establish, the coming season's roster and a lot more.
Jun 17, 2022
Introducing "Tune In Texarkana"
Here's a taste of "Tune In Texarkana," a new podcast from the Gazette's Starbear Studio focused on local musicians. From Episode 1, BIG$ NovaGawd performs "You Vogue, I Meditate." The podcast's monthly episodes will feature host Erin DeBlanc interviewing artists across the spectrum of the Texarkana music scene, and each will include performances recorded live. "My vision for the podcast is to be able to give local artists a platform to share their music with a large audience. There are many talented musicians in Texarkana that many of us are unaware of, and having this podcast, thanks to the Texarkana Gazette, enables them to share their creativity and hard work with more people than they would entertain at a local venue," DeBlanc said. To listen to "Tune In Texarkana," search for and follow the show on your favorite podcast app. You can also listen at tuneintxk.castos.com or texarkanagazette.com/podcast.
Jun 14, 2022
Chris LeGrand, founder of Satisfaction: The International Rolling Stones Tribute Show
Texarkana native Chris LeGrand created Satisfaction: The International Rolling Stones Tribute Show more than 20 years ago. The show has grown into a full-time business for LeGrand, who portrays Stones frontman Mick Jagger. A performance Friday, June 17, at Texarkana's Perot Theatre is one of hundreds Satisfaction will stage this year. He and host Karl Richter talked about how Satisfaction got started, how the group keeps its tribute authentic, life on tour and more.
Jun 1, 2022
After Uvalde: PTSD in Children
After last week's mass shooting of elementary school students in Uvalde, Texas, we wanted to talk with someone familiar with childhood trauma who could speak to what the survivors in Uvalde are going through. Cindy Thomas is a licensed professional counselor who has specialized in working with children for more than 20 years. She currently works for a local school district, and as you will hear, she has a keen understanding of how trauma affects children and how to help them. LOCAL RESOURCES: _COUNSELING SERVICES_ _Behavioral Medicine Center_ 1902 Galleria Oaks Dr Texarkana, TX 75503 903-614-3800 _Betty J Feir PC & Associates_ 5501 Medical Parkway Texarkana, TX 75503 903-793-8588 _Community Healthcore_ 1911 Galleria Oaks Drive Texarkana, TX 75503 1-800-4-INTAKE 903-792-0308 _CASA of NE Texas_ 1201 Main St Texarkana, TX 75501 903-792-1030 _Texarkana Children’s Advocacy Center_ 1203 Main St Texarkana, TX 75501 903-792-2215 _Chenal Counseling_ 1305 Arkansas Blvd., Suite Texarkana, AR 71854 870-340-2636 _Genesis Primecare_ Tammy Crawford 4323 Jefferson Ave Texarkana, AR 71854 870-773-0700 _Elizabeth McCauley_ 4140 McKnight Road Texarkana, TX 75503 903-824-5548 _Olive Tree Counseling_ 3930 Galleria Oaks Dr Texarkana, TX 75503 903-336-3484 _Serendipity Wellness Center_ _Robert Strayhan, MD_ 1732 Galleria Oaks Dr Texarkana, TX 75503 903-764-1636 _Southwest Arkansas Counseling_ _Dorcas I Adepoju, MD_ 2904 Arkansas Blvd Texarkana, AR 71854 870-773-4655
May 17, 2022
Catt Dahman, horror filmmaker and author
Texarkana native Catt Dahman is a creative force of nature, with more than 60 novels to her name. She works mostly in the horror genre, and that passion has led her to a new endeavor: movies. In the tradition of filmmakers such as Roger Corman and our own Charles B. Pierce, Catt is busy writing, producing and directing horror movies that have much bigger stories than budgets. The latest is a modern, fictional take on Texarkana's Phantom Killer called “Sundown.” She and host Karl Richter talked about the movie, her path to becoming a director and her other endeavors, including advocating for prison reform. LINKS Ren Says Films Catt Dahman official website On the Line on Twitter
Apr 12, 2022
Encore: Scott Norton, TexAmericas Center
As executive director and CEO of TexAmericas Center, Scott Norton oversees one of the Texarkana region's most important economic assets. That proved in January, when the Gazette broke the news that an ammunition plant employing 400 people will soon begin operations at the Center. It was the perfect opportunity to catch up with Scott about some recent developments at TexAmericas Center, and what the future holds there. This episode first aired Jan. 25, 2022.
Mar 29, 2022
Encore: Who was sideshow giant "Big Jim" Patterson?
When Houston-area technology professional Benny Prince began researching his Ark-La-Tex roots, he had no idea he would meet a character literally larger than life. James Wesley “Big Jim” Patterson, Prince’s great uncle, stood out in the family story as much as his reported 8 foot, 4 inch height stood out among residents of Bloomburg, Texas, where he died on Halloween 1920. A trove of heirloom documents, including rare vintage photos, told Prince the tale of Patterson’s life as a circus sideshow performer, businessman and member of a family that played an important role in the history of Cass County. Now Prince is working on a book about Big Jim and hopes someone out there can tell him even more about the giant billed by Sells Brothers Circus as “The World’s Tallest Man.” This episode was first released Sept. 26, 2021. LINKS Kickstarter: "Out of the Borderlands into the Big Top," by Benny E. Prince Email Benny Prince
Mar 15, 2022
Christina Tutt, Texarkana Animal Coalition Team
In recent weeks, Christina Tutt has been one of the most vocal advocates raising concerns about the Texarkana, Arkansas, Animal Care and Adoption Center. For this episode, she and host Karl Richter talked about the Board of Directors' response; her organization, Texarkana Animal Coalition Team; the state of dog and cat care in the Twin Cities; what she has observed at the animal shelter; and what people can do to help. LINKS Texarkana Animal Coalition Team (TACT), Facebook Texarkana Animal League Ark La Tex Animal Clinic Animal Protection League Fix TXK, Facebook
Mar 4, 2022
George Tobolowsky, sculptor
Thanks to three prominent exhibitions in the past nine years, sculptor George Tobolowsky has become synonymous with public art in Texarkana. You've probably seen at least one of his pieces, metal sculptures made of objects found in scrap yards and industrial sites. This week, he installed four new sculptures in Texarkana for an exhibition called “Bending the Rules 3.” While he was in town, he stopped by the studio to talk about his work, his process and his relationship with the Twin Cities. LINK Related Texarkana Gazette story with photos
Mar 1, 2022
Jay Ellington, Texarkana, Arkansas, city manager
Since he was hired last summer, City Manager Jay Ellington has been hard at work pursuing his vision for a better Texarkana, Arkansas, including an ambitious plan to turn Front Street Festival Plaza into a more welcoming event venue. In this week's interview, he and host Karl Richter talked about the plaza project, as well as residents' concerns about streets, flooding and the city Animal Care and Adoption Center.
Feb 22, 2022
Les Minor & James Bright, retiring and incoming Texarkana Gazette editors
Texarkana Gazette Editor Les Minor is retiring next week after almost 40 years with the paper, including 35 leading its newsroom. Host Karl Richter sat down with Les to talk about his memories and accomplishments, and what it's like to leave behind the profession to which he has devoted his life. Les's successor, Gazette General Manager James Bright, joined them to talk about his vision for the paper and what readers can expect after the transition.
Feb 15, 2022
Allen West, Republican candidate for Texas governor
Allen West hopes to upset Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and win the Republican Party's nomination for governor. The retired Army lieutenant colonel, former U.S. House representative and former chair of the Texas GOP spoke to host Karl Richter by telephone Friday, three days before early primary voting began. You'll hear why he's taking Abbott on, as well as his views on energy policy, immigration, election integrity and more. LINK Texarkana Region Primary Election Early Voting Information
Feb 8, 2022
LaMoya Burks, head librarian, Texarkana College
LaMoya Burks is the head librarian at Texarkana College's Palmer Memorial Library. Last week, she was appointed interim executive director of the Young Adult Library Services Association, a division of the American Library Association. The organization's mission is to empower library staff to serve teens and support them — especially those with the greatest needs — on the path to successful and fulfilling lives. In this week's interview, LaMoya and host Karl Richter talked about her career success, what's different about serving younger library patrons, recent attempts to remove books from library shelves and more.
Jan 25, 2022
Scott Norton, TexAmericas Center
As executive director and CEO of TexAmericas Center, Scott Norton oversees one of the Texarkana region's most important economic assets. That proved true last week, when the Gazette broke the news that an ammunition plant employing 400 people will soon begin operations at the Center. It was the perfect opportunity to catch up with Scott about some recent developments at TexAmericas Center, and what the future holds there.
Jan 18, 2022
Darlene Taylor, muralist and costumer
You may not know Darlene Taylor's name, but there's a good chance you've seen one of the dozens of murals she has painted in the Texarkana area. She's a self-taught artist whose other interests include designing and sewing vintage-style clothing and historical costumes. She and host Karl Richter spoke about her journey from grieving widow to successful small business owner — and how she keeps her creative spirit thriving.
Dec 28, 2021
Encore: Joe Saul-Sehy, financial advice expert, podcaster and author
Texarkana resident Joe Saul-Sehy's Stacking Benjamins podcast has won awards and gained a loyal audience by providing financial advice with a light, humorous touch. His new book with co-author Emily Guy Birken is called “Stacked: Your Super Serious Guide to Modern Money Management.” And it's available beginning Dec. 28. In July, Joe and host Karl Richter spoke about the book, the podcast and what he has learned in his decades of work helping ordinary people achieve financial security. Here's an encore presentation of that interview. Look for all-new episodes of On the Line in 2022 — and happy new year!
Dec 21, 2021
Christy Busby Worsham, former Gazette reporter and editor
Christy Busby Worsham is leaving the Texarkana Gazette after more than 30 years as a city government reporter and city editor. For this week's episode, she and host Karl Richter looked back at some of the most memorable people and stories she encountered during her long career. They also discussed how journalism and Texarkana have changed in the last three decades — and what she will be doing next.
Dec 14, 2021
Beto O'Rourke, Democratic candidate for Texas governor
Texas Democrat Beto O'Rourke is back on the campaign trail, this time challenging incumbent Republican Gov. Greg Abbott. The election is almost a year away. But O'Rourke has already begun traveling around the state, stumping in cities large and small. It's a strategy that brought him within three percentage points of Republican Sen. Ted Cruz in the 2018 race that first put O'Rourke in the national political spotlight. He followed that run with a bid for the Democratic presidential nomination. Earlier this year, he again hit the road in Texas in support of voting rights and registration. On Saturday, O'Rourke visited Texarkana, drawing a small but seemingly receptive audience to hear his message. After that appearance, he stopped by the studio for a half-hour interview. Host Karl Richter asked him about a range of issues, including COVID mandates, abortion and gun regulation.
Dec 7, 2021
Chad McCrary, pro wheelchair bodybuilder & motivational speaker
When a motocross accident left Bowie County, Texas, native Chad McCrary without the use of his legs, his first reaction was despair. For this week's episode, host Karl Richter spoke with Chad about how he overcame that adversity to become a professional bodybuilder, motivational speaker and author. He recently fulfilled a longtime dream when he competed in the Mr. Olympia contest, the world's premier bodybuilding event. LINKS Chad McCrary's website Chad McCrary on Facebook
Nov 30, 2021
Thanks for listening!
Thanks for listening to the first 20 episodes of On the Line! Here's how to support the podcast and give us your feedback. We'll be back with a new episode next week.
Nov 23, 2021
Gazette courts reporter Lynn LaRowe
Lynn LaRowe's name is very familiar to Texarkana Gazette readers. As the Gazette's longtime legal affairs reporter, Lynn has covered the biggest local crime stories of the last 15 years, as well as hundreds of other cases and lawsuits. For this week's episode, host Karl Richter spoke with her about her career, how she does her work and the insights it has given her. And she previewed some of the stories she is working on now.