John Mark Dempsey

Announcer/Reporter/Professor

Dr. John Mark Dempsey is an associate professor of radio-television at A&M-Commerce, part of the department of Literature and Languages.  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 back in 1975 and was also the first to broadcast Commerce Tigers football on the station.

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Sulphur Springs community development staff members Shane Shepard and Sarah Dicus relate the planning and redevelopment of the city's downtown, now known as the "Celebration District."  Shane says the downtown has been redesigned for pedestrians, rather than cars.  Sarah says the city is hoping to attract young people to the Celebration District.  Cindy Roller, editor of the Cooper Review, also is heard on this program.

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Mayor David Dreiling relates the history of Greenville, its economic characteristics, and his hopes for the future of the city.

Hometown Rollcall is a summer feature of KETR in which we visit with leaders of cities in the KETR listening area.

Randy Pennington, CEO of Pennington Group in Dallas, and ET/A&M-Commerce alumnus, is one of the "Five Friends" of business consultant, who each recently discussed the "one mistake everyone makes."  The one mistake Randy says everyone makes is "confusing being busy with being productive."

Kim Saenz, the director of the Hunt Regional Emergency Medical Centers in Commerce and Greenville, says one in four deaths of children one to four years old is due to drowning.  Kim says parents and other adults should never be more than an arms length away from children in the water.

Derek Price of Hunt County Public Art says the organization is taking applications for projects to be completed in 2017.  Artists will be paid for their work, depending on the size of the projects and the number of projects.  The deadline to submit an application is Friday, August 19.

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Mayor Blake Cooper relates the history of Emory, its economic characteristics, and his hopes for the future of the city.

Hometown Rollcall is a summer feature of KETR in which we visit with leaders of cities in the KETR listening area.

Texas A&M University-Commerce economics professor Dr. Dale Funderburk says the decision of voters in Great Britain to leave the European Union, or Brexit, will have a significant effect on the Texas economy.   Dr.

Carol Taylor, the chairman of the Hunt County Historical Commission, says in the early days of Greenville and Hunt County, Independence Day was celebrated with a big barbecue.  But after the Civil War, the Fourth of July was not observed for many years until 1898, following the end of the Spanish-American War.

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Mayor Doug Williams relates the history of Lone Oak, its economic characteristics, and his hopes for the future of the city.

Hometown Rollcall is a summer feature of KETR in which we visit with leaders of cities in the KETR listening area.

Herald-Banner film critic Alice Reese says adults and children will enjoy "The BFG (Big Friendly Giant)," a Disney movie directed by Steven Spielberg.  And Alice says "The Legend of Tarzan" is faithful to the original Tarzan story by Edgar Rice Burroughs, unlike the Johnny Weissmuller "Tarzan" movies of the '30s and '40s.

Kevin Banks, general manager of the Greenville Municipal Auditorium, says the Greenville Family Theater presents "Meet Me In St.

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Sulphur Springs Mayor Emily Glass relates the history of Sulphur Springs, its economic characteristics, and her hopes for the future of the city.

Hometown Rollcall is a summer feature of KETR in which we visit with leaders of cities in the KETR listening area.

Dr. Karri McCreary of the Greenville Animal Hospital says be cautious in exposing dogs to fireworks.  Many find the Fourth of July exhibitions of pyrotechnics terrifying, just as many dogs are afraid of thunder.  Dogs may run away in fear, or they may just pant heavily and show anxiety.  Dr.

Cindy Roller, editor of the Cooper Review, says the annual Cooper rodeo parade takes place at 7 p.m. tonight (Tuesday, June 28) and the Delta Roping Club rodeo is scheduled for Thurslday-Saturday, June 30-July 2, with fireworks after the rodeo Saturday night.  Because of the success of the new PPF Cotton Gin and Warehouse north of Cooper, the Delta County Chamber of Commerce is planning a Cotton Harvest Festival for Saturday, October 8.

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Commerce Mayor Wyman Williams relates the history of Commerce, its economic characteristics, and his hopes for the future of the city. 

Hometown Rollcall is a summer feature of KETR in which we visit with leaders of cities in the KETR listening area.

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