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 all aspects of 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 is the technical producer and co-host for The President's Perspective.

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 second 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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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
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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. This past weekend, as a part of Homecoming activities for Texas A&M University-Commerce, Mayo’s...

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,...

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

Dr. Ray Keck and Patricia Keck
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Dr. Ray Keck wears many hats; he's a husband, a father, a student, a mentor, a university administrator, a president, and an organist, for starters. But in his own words, when he looks back at his life, he finds, "teacher," to be the most accurate way to describe himself.

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has announced that Governor Mike Pence of Indiana is his choice for vice president on the GOP ticket.

A photo of a live Wait, Wait... Don't Tell Me recording.
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We have great news for 88.9 KETR listeners! Your station is adding four new programs: BBC World Service , The international leader in round-the-clock news and information Invisibilia , One of the most popular new programs in public broadcasting Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me , A hilarious current-events quiz show from NPR The Thomas Jefferson Hour , A look into the life and thought of our nation's third president Starting this Friday evening, 88.9 KETR will be replacing its overnight music mix...

Quoting the book of Ecclesiastes, Commerce ISD superintendent Blake Cooper writes, "I believe that the time for my season of leading Commerce ISD is coming to a close." In a letter addressed to the CISD Board of Trustees, District Staff, students, and the community of Commerce, TX, and delivered at the April 18th regular meeting of the Board, Cooper indicated that he will be resigning his position effective this summer, "for the purpose of retiring from my current work in education." Cooper...

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"It's a good sign of a transition when you've only been here for a few months but it does feel sort of like a mini lifetime," says Dr. Tomás Aguirre, Dean of Students and Assistant Vice President for Student Access and Success at Texas A&M University-Commerce during his introduction to listeners of The President's Perspective on KETR. A&M-Commerce president Dr. Dan Jones invited Aguirre as a guest on the program in order to discuss what he sees as the strengths and opportunities upon...

The Broadcast Education Association has named KETR's Blacklands Café among the top faculty-produced long-from radio programs in this year's Festival of Media Arts competition. Students and faculty at BEA institutions compete each year for top honors at the festival, including the Best Of Festival recognition. The contest included over 1500 entries from students and faculty throughout BEA's membership. Blacklands Café is written, hosted, and produced by Radio and Television professor Dr. John...

KETR sports broadcasters Brock Callaway and Charlie Chitwood joined other station staff in receiving TAPB awards this year.
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KETR continues its winning tradition in the annual Texas Associated Press Broadcasters award contest, which recognizes local news efforts by broadcast stations which subscribe to The Associated Press. In this year's contest, the winners of which were announced on Monday, KETR won 11 awards among Division B radio stations. That grouping includes all Texas stations outside of the Austin, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston and San Antonio urban markets. KETR's winners this year include: Best Continuing...

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In the end of winter and early spring, says film critic Alice Reese, the quality of movies tends to suffer. In spite of that fact, Reese still recommends a trio of works worth witnessing for the weekend of February 19-21, 2016. First is Columbia Pictures' "Risen," a period tale which follows a Roman soldier (played by Joseph Fiennes) searching for the missing body of Jesus, a Nazarene who'd been recently killed and entombed. Reese considers this a biblical piece well-produced by a major...

Myrna Jackson at the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham
Jerrod Knight

In May of 2015, the Texas House of Representatives voted 98-47 in favor of a bill that would allow Texas' concealed-carry license holders to carry weapons onto state and private university campuses, which Texas' governor Greg Abbott quickly signed into law. Set to take effect in the fall of 2016, the new mandate has obligated university presidents to a series of tasks related to implementing the measure. For example, public opinion regarding the limited placement of "gun-free zones" must be...

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