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Friday, August 14, 2015

Friday, August 14, 2015 - 10:36:00

What happened to Heartbeat 106.7?

My favorite radio station died this week, and I didn't even notice. At 5 p.m. Wednesday, Heartbeat 106.7 FM, "The Beat of the City," switched over to a New Country format, and was re-branded as 106.7 The Ride. Anyone expecting The Isley Brothers or Bill Withers or  Michael Jackson or The SOS Band will have to settle for Luke Bryan. And the format shift occurred so suddenly — with only the above message, perverse-seeming in its simplicity ("WE HAVE DECIDED TO SWITCH OUR FORMAT TO NEW COUNTRY. THANK YOU FOR LISTENING."), as explanation. A Facebook group has already been created so that old fans can vent their outrage. To find out what happened, I called 106.7's owners, Signal Media, and spoke to Mike Kennedy, program director for the new station (and for The Point 94.1).

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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Tuesday, July 1, 2014 - 11:47:00

Has the Ron Robinson Theater stopped showing films?

Few cultural institutions open with the kind of goodwill and high expectations that the Ron Robinson Theater had leading into its official unveiling in January. Touted as the state’s new premiere cinema venue, with 315 seats, a state-of-the-art digital projector and Dolby 7.1 surround sound – not to mention its promising affiliation with the Little Rock Film Festival – the theater looked like nothing less than the future of local film culture.

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