KETR

Jerrod Knight

General Manager

Jerrod Knight graduated from Texas A&M University-Commerce in May of 2005, ready to take on numerous roles at prominent radio organizations, which have included Susquehanna-Pfaltzgraff (now Cumulus,) Omni Communications Corporation, and The Ranch Radio Network. With experience in multiple on-the-air roles and in every position behind-the-scenes, Knight rejoined 88.9 KETR in December 2008 as Director of Programming.

As General Manager, Knight oversees station programming, news and sports operations, individual and corporate development efforts, business and budget planning and execution, and technical operations. In addition to being the station's webmaster, he is also a regular on-air and online news and opinion contributor, and serves as executive producer of the station's various local program offerings.

Knight also manages the relationships between KETR and external organizations like NPR, American Public Media, the FCC, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, among others.

Knight is currently serving a third and final term as the Non-commercial Director on the Board of Directors of the Texas Association of Broadcasters. A member of the Commerce Rotary Club since 2010, Knight was named Rotarian of the Year in 2012 and served as club president for the 2015-2016 Rotary year. He sat on the university's 2020 Strategic Planning Task Force (2014-2015) and now serves on the A&M-Commerce Strategic Plan Assessment Committee. Knight has also led and contributed to teams in radio broadcasting that have won numerous awards in newscasting, production, and web design from the Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters and the Texas Associated Press Broadcasters, and an NAB Marconi Award for Country Station of the Year (KPLX, 2003.)

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KETR's transmitter cabinet is headed into its new home.
Brittany Gryder / TAMUC Photo

UPDATE 8/24/17, 3:25 p.m.: KETR's operations team successfully reinstated partial power to the transmitter at 12:30 p.m. today. The output power will remain at or below 50% for the rest of today and will be increased incrementally over the coming days, as workers exit the site. The transmitter had been operating at only 50% of its capacity throughout most of the building process over the last couple of months due to the potential for higher-than-normal radiation exposure by construction workers.

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Samantha Manrique accepts a $2,000 check from Russell Armstrong.
Jerrod Knight

A weeks-long effort to generate donations to benefit the Commerce Animal Shelter wrapped up at the end of March, 2017, having raised a total of $4,049. The shelter plans to use the funds to address many needs at the aging facility, including the repairing and/or replacing of some 43 kennel doors.

Dr. David Arlington Talbot
TAMUC File Photo

The Hall of Languages on the campus of Texas A&M University-Commerce is one of the oldest buildings in town. It used to be home to the university’s library. On Tuesday, April 18, 2017, the structure will be renamed in recognition of Dr. David Arlington Talbot who was the first African American faculty member at East Texas State University, and later, the first African American university administrator.

First- and second-place winners of Commerce Idol. L-R: Louis Raymond-Kolker, Vamsi Kalakuntla, Colton Davis, Jayla Demidio, Romy Cramer, Lauren Westhafer, and Michael McWhorter.
Jerrod Knight

The Commerce Rotary Club carried out the 12th annual Commerce Idol community talent show on Saturday, April first at the Ferguson Social Sciences auditorium on the campus of Texas A&M University-Commerce. Acts this year included tap dancing, turtabling (digital DJing,) and a ukulele performance.

Performers ranged in age from 10 to 24, and winners were chosen by a select panel of judges based on style, demonstrated skill, and audience feedback.

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A referendum that proposed an increase to the intercollegiate athletic fee for Texas A&M University-Commerce students has passed.

2,095 students submitted a vote on the measure. 408 students voted in opposition; 1,687 voted in favor.

Texas A&M University-Commerce is holding a student referendum today that will determine the fate of a proposed fee increase.
Texas A&M University-Commerce

A look at today's student referendum at Texas A&M University-Commerce:

Officer Samantha Manrique pets one of the cats up for adoption at the Commerce Animal Shelter.
Jerrod Knight

The building that houses the Commerce Animal Shelter is more than fifteen years old, but appears much older due to the sort of use that it has seen. In particular, the large, heavy metal doors on the indoor kennels have suffered the most, due to a design flaw which requires animals inside to jump up on the doors in order to see out.

TAMUC VP Noah Nelson
TAMUC Photo

Friday, March 10th, 2017, will mark nearly one hundred years since a telegram arrived in Commerce indicating that the Texas legislature had voted to purchase the town's college from it's founder, William L. Mayo. (The date was March 14, 1917.)

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Bob Hall, Ray Keck, Charles Austin, Keith McFarland
Jerrod Knight

On Saturday, October 28th, 2016, at 9:30 in the morning, an audience of 85 or so attendees witnessed a ribbon-cutting and rededication ceremony at the campus grave site of William Leonidas Mayo, founder of the college that would one day become Texas A&M University-Commerce.

Dr. Charles Austin
Jerrod Knight

In 1889, Professor William Mayo founded a private college in Northeast Texas to serve local youth in their pursuit of higher education. Years later, in March of 1917, Mayo died moments before the arrival of a telegram from the Texas legislature informing him that his college would become a state institution. He was buried on his campus, the only college founder in Texas with such a distinction.

Sunday, October 9: Presidential Debate at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri
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Jeremy Adelman
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Dr. Jeremy Adelman is the Henry Charles Lea Professor of History and the director of the Global History Lab at Princeton University, and on October 3rd, he visited the Texas A&M University-Commerce campus to give a presentation to students and other attendees on the subject of photography and humanitarianism. In the presentation, Adelman argues that throughout the history of the camera, photography has played a vital role both in society's understanding of the world at home and far away, and in its reaction to global humanitarian crises as they arise.

Dr. Ray Keck, interim president of Texas A&M University-Commerce
TAMUC Photo

Texas A&M University-Commerce interim president Dr. Ray Keck, III, is working alongside City of Commerce mayor Wyman Williams in order to create an environment that encourages University employees to not only work in Commerce but to choose to live there, too.

The idea of a "University village" is explored by Williams and Keck alongside Jerrod Knight during the September airing of The President's Perspective, a monthly half-hour radio conversation with Keck.

Hear the full program here. A transcript follows.

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