John Mark Dempsey

Announcer/Reporter/Professor

Dr. John Mark Dempsey is an associate professor of radio-television at A&M-Commerce and head of the Department of Mass Media, Communication and Theatre.  He works part-time as a news announcer-producer for the Texas State Network in Dallas.  Dr. Dempsey was the first student to broadcast on KETR and the first to broadcast Commerce Tigers football on the station.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Community Seeds training new welders

Bert Cooper
Credit Community Seeds

The executive director of Lone Oak-based Community Seeds, Bert Cooper, says his faith-based organization is training people to become welders.  Welding is a much-sought-after skill in the economy.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Texas economy continues to shine, but concerns voiced on employee safety

Dr. Dale Funderburk
Credit Texas A&M University-Commerce

Texas A&M University-Commerce economics professor Dr. Dale Funderburk says, in most respects, the Texas economy is the envy of the nation, as expressed in a recent Dallas Morning News article, but a  Texas Tribune article expresses concerns over worker-safety regulations in the state.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Upgrade coming for Commerce airport; Dickey's Barbecue opening soon

Dr. John Ballotti
Credit Texas A&M University-Commerce

Commerce mayor Dr. John Ballotti discusses work that will begin soon to make improvements to the runway at Commerce Municipal Airport, north of the city, and the long-range plans for the airport.  The mayor also discusses the opening soon of Dickey's Barbecue, in the old Chicken Express building.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Fri July 4, 2014

'Godspell,' July 8-13 at A&M-Commerce

"Godspell," a rock musical based on the Gospel of Matthew in the New Testament, will be presented in the University Playhouse at Texas A&M University-Commerce July 8-13.  Reservations can be made at (903) 886-5900.  Theatre faculty member Samantha Grace and cast member Baylor Bendele discuss the production on the Blacklands Cafe.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Thu July 3, 2014

New shows in July at the A&M-C Planetarium

Dr. Kent Montgomery
Credit Texas A&M University-Commerce

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Wed July 2, 2014

Ground broken at new emergency-care facility in Commerce

Herald-Banner and Commerce Journal editor Caleb Slinkard discusses the progress on several new restaurants coming to Greenville, including the Cotton Patch Cafe, Ain't Just Pies and a new McDonald's, plus announced plans for Burger King and Golden Chick.  Also, Caleb discusses the timetable for construction of the new Hunt Regional Emergency Medical Center in Commerce.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Tue July 1, 2014

Eight myths of good nutrition

Credit Special Ed Post

Texas A&M University-Commmerce assistant professor of health and human performance Dr. Stacy Bishop gives his views on a recent Huffington Post article, "Eight Things Nutrition Experts Wish You'd Stop Saying About Food."

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Mon June 30, 2014

North Monroe St. project begins; Black Angus Grill progresses

Dr. John Ballotti
Credit Texas A&M University-Commerce

Commerce Mayor Dr. John Ballotti says, now that the state has cleared the way, long-awaited work on paving Monroe Street north of Live Oak is beginning.  And the mayor says the work is progressing on the Black Angus Grill, a steak restaurant going into the former Mi Casita location in the Live Oak Street shopping center.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Updates on Greenville's Crossroads Mall, Innovation First

Caleb Slinkard

Herald-Banner and Commerce Journal editor Caleb Slinkard discusses plans for the renovation of the Crossroads Mall and the expansion of the Innovation First International technology company.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Thu June 26, 2014

KETR streaming on iTunes Radio

Jerrod Knight
Credit Texas A&M University-Commerce

KETR General Manger Jerrod Knight says KETR is now available for streaming on iTunes Radio, meaning listeners are able to hear the station anywhere in the world.  And Jerrod says KETR.org now reaches about 12-15,000 people per week.

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