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.

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September 27, 2022 00:33:34
Carl Finch, founder of Brave Combo

Carl Finch, founder of Brave Combo

Texarkana native Carl Finch founded Brave Combo more than 40 years ago. Yeah, it's a polka band. But as you'll hear, Brave Combo is more than that. The group stands for independent thinking and creativity free from peer pressure. You could say the Brave Combo philosophy is that there's no such thing as a guilty pleasure. And it all started in a Woolworth store in downtown Texarkana. Brave Combo will be the musical headliner for Main Street Texarkana's Oktoberfest on the Line on Saturday, Oct. 15, downtown. LINK: Brave Combo official website ...

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September 25, 2022 00:28:47
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Special Report: Taylor Parker trial week two

Texarkana Gazette crime and courts reporter Lori Dunn summarizes the second week of testimony in the capital murder trial of Taylor Parker. Parker could face the death penalty in the Oct. 9, 2020, killing of expectant mother Reagan Simmons Hancock of New Boston, Texas, and the taking of her unborn child, who also died. Parker has pleaded not guilty. FULL COVERAGE Capital murder defendant called ‘actress of highest order’ Second day of testimony in Taylor Parker trial focuses on online searches TAYLOR PARKER TRIAL, DAY 3 | Witnesses describe ‘dome of craziness’ with murder defendant TAYLOR PARKER TRIAL, DAY 4 | Ex-husband labels defendant a ‘con artist’; investigator alleges web of fake phone calls RECAP | Taylor Parker trial PODCAST | On the Line Special Report: Taylor Parker trial week one TAYLOR PARKER TRIAL, DAY 5 | Witnesses testify about odd finances, pregnancy doubts TAYLOR PARKER TRIAL, DAY 6 | Mother of Parker’s boyfriend testifies about estrangement from son TAYLOR PARKER TRIAL, DAY 7 | Jurors hear frantic 911 call, testimony from victim’s husband TAYLOR PARKER TRIAL, DAY 8 | Relatives describe horrors of crime scene; medical workers put pieces together RECAP | Taylor Parker trial, week two ...

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September 17, 2022 00:16:05
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Special Report: Taylor Parker trial week one

Texarkana Gazette crime and courts reporter Lori Dunn summarizes the first week of testimony in the capital murder trial of Taylor Parker. Parker could face the death penalty in the Oct. 9, 2020, killing of expectant mother Reagan Simmons Hancock of New Boston, Texas, and the taking of her unborn child, who also died. Parker has pleaded not guilty. FULL COVERAGE Capital murder defendant called ‘actress of highest order’ Second day of testimony in Taylor Parker trial focuses on online searches TAYLOR PARKER TRIAL, DAY 3 | Witnesses describe ‘dome of craziness’ with murder defendant TAYLOR PARKER TRIAL, DAY 4 | Ex-husband labels defendant a ‘con artist’; investigator alleges web of fake phone calls ...

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September 13, 2022 00:17:15
Rudy Gatlin of The Gatlin Brothers

Rudy Gatlin of The Gatlin Brothers

After singing together since childhood, Larry, Steve and Rudy Gatlin gained fame in the late 1970s and early 1980s with hits such as “All the Gold in California” and “Houston.” And The Gatlin Brothers are still performing. Ahead of their Sept. 25, 2022, show at Texarkana's Perot Theatre, Karl checked in with Rudy Gatlin about what keeps the trio going and what their audience can expect. LINKS Gatlin Brothers official website The Perot Theatre ...

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September 06, 2022 00:40:50
ENCORE: Suicide prevention advocate Betty Jackson Carpenter

ENCORE: Suicide prevention advocate Betty Jackson Carpenter

September is National Suicide Prevention Month, and for this week's episode host Karl Richter spoke with some of the people leading the regional and local efforts of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. First, you'll hear a phone interview with Jacqueline Sharp, Arkansas Area Director for AFSP, and Sarah Allen, the group's North Texas and Oklahoma area director. Then you'll hear Karl's conversation with Betty Jackson Carpenter, lead organizer of Texarkana's AFSP events, including two coming up in September and the annual Out of the Darkness Walk in November. Betty shared the story of her daughter's suicide and how she chose to begin helping others in its aftermath. You'll hear how to get involved, as well as what to do if you or a someone else is having thoughts of suicide and how to support those coping with the suicide of a loved one. Recorded in September 2021.  WHERE TO GET HELP, LEARN MORE AND GET INVOLVED National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-8255 The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.   Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 741741 Crisis Text Line provides free, 24/7, high-quality text-based mental health support and crisis intervention by empowering a community of trained volunteers to support people in their moments of need.   Links: American Foundation for Suicide Prevention AFSP Arkansas AFSP North Texas AFSP Texarkana Texarkana Out of the Darkness Walk on Facebook ...

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August 30, 2022 00:27:52
Dr. Chris Jones, Democratic nominee for Arkansas governor

Dr. Chris Jones, Democratic nominee for Arkansas governor

Dr. Chris Jones is this year's Democratic nominee for Arkansas governor. During a recent campaign stop in Texarkana, he came by the studio to talk about his story, his platform and his strategy to win votes in a deep red state. He and Karl spoke about his views on Southwest Arkansas, broadband internet access, education, marijuana legalization, church/state separation, the January 6 insurrection and more. ...

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