John Mark Dempsey


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 person to broadcast Commerce Tigers football on the station (as a student.)

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Cindy Roller

Sulphur Springs Mayor Emily Glass says the city recently won the "Spirit" award for cities with populations of 25,000 and under from the Texas Municipal League. The award was in recognition of the city's redevelopment of its downtown area as "Celebration Plaza." The mayor says a community singing event, "One," takes place in Celebration Plaza at 4 p.m. Saturday afternoon (September 19). It's designed to be an event promoting unity.

Hunt County Shared Ministries, FISH

Wally Jeffers, the director of Hunt County Shared Ministries, also known as as FISH , says volunteers serving as "Hunt County Gives" will put together Thanksgiving food baskets tonight (November 15), Wednesday night and Thursday night at the FISH headquarters on King Street just south of downtown Greenville. Wally says FISH and other organizations provided food assistance to around 4,000 families around Thanksgiving and Christmas of last year.

Hunt County United Way

The executive director of the Hunt County United Way , Frances Dalbey, says the charitable organization's annual fund raising campaign is seeing an increase in donations this year, after a decline in donations last year. Frances says she's been pleased with the results of new initiatives of the United Way, such as the Little Libraries and the Mobile Learning Cafe.

City of Greenville

Kevin Banks, the manager of the Greenville Municipal Auditorium , discusses plans for the second " Downtown Stroll " from 5-9 p.m. Saturday evening (November 12) in Greenville's downtown district. Almost all downtown businesses, including many restaurants, will be open. The event harks back to the days when people gathered downtown on Saturdays to shop and socialize. Kevin also discusses upcoming shows at the GMA, including the Robert Earl Keen "Merry Christmas from the Fam-o-lee" show,...

Texas Department of Health and Human Services

Hunt Regional Healthcare registered dietician Sally Rhodes reflects on the Center for Science in the Public Interest report card on the American diet . The best grade (B+) is for the consumption of milk, and the worst (D+) is in the two categories of beverages and meat, poultry and seafood.


Greenville Chamber of Commerce communications director Susan Spoonemore says the second "Downtown Stroll" takes place Saturday evening (November 12) in Greenville, with most, if not all, businesses welcoming visitors. The Chamber hosts a "Business After Hours" event at the Landmark on Lee Street from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, November 17.

Carlisle headstone with "I voted" stickers
Sharon Spellacy Kroncke

Pud Kearns with Housewarmers of Greenville relates the story of her great grandmother Lallie Carlisle, who was served as the Hunt County Clerk when her husband passed away, and became the first woman to serve in a government office in Texas.

Commerce Funeral Home

Jim Ayres, leader of the Griefshare program at the First Baptist Church of Commerce says a special program, " Surviving the Holidays ," will take place at 5:45 p.m. this evening. The program is for people who have recently lost a loved one and need help in coping with the emotional challenges of the holidays.

Herald-Banner movie reviewer Alice Reese says Mel Gibson's first film in 10 years is Oscar-worthy. " Hacksaw Ridge " is the story of a pacifist Army medic who saved dozens of lives at the Battle of Okinawa near the end of World War II. Alice also reviews the Disney sci-fi fantasy, " Dr. Strange ."

Commerce ISD

Superintendent Charlie Alderman says the district is holding a series of meetings called "Charting the Course of the Commerce ISD " Monday, November 7 at the Mount Moriah Baptist Church; Wednesday, November 9 at the First United Methodist Church; Monday, November 14, at Texas A&M University-Commerce's Sam Rayburn Student Center; and Tuesday, November 15 at the First Baptist Church. All of the meeting start at 6 p.m. The district has recently completed surveys of Commerce ISD residents,...

Texas State Historical Association

Dee Hilton, chairman of the Hunt County Transportation Plan organization, and Paul Voss of the Commerce Chamber of Commerce, discuss the proposal on the Nov. 8 election ballot for Hunt County to issue $24.4 million in bonds for major highway improvements. The county hopes the funds would leverage $186 million in state and federal funding.

Texas A&M University-Commerce

Jeremy Gamez, business technical analyst with the Texas A&M University-Commerce provost's office, will be our commentator on new technology for the Blacklands Cafe. In this program, we discuss the emergence of robots as a substitute for humans in the workforce. One report says robots will take up six percent of the jobs in the U.S. by 2021 .

Texas A&M University-Commerce economics professor and interim dean of the College of Business, Dr. Dale Funderburk, reflects on news that Texas added more than 38,000 jobs in September , the biggest monthly gain since December 2014. But that is offset by a second story in which a financial executive warns of a a looming crisis because he says we are not educating people for the changes in the workforce that technology is bringing.

Texas A&M University-Commerce

Texas A&M University-Commerce Alumni Relations director Derryle Peace reviews plans for homecoming 2016 at the University, which is Saturday. The event includes a golf tournament Friday at the Webb Hill Country Club near Wolfe City, with registration starting at 9 a.m. Saturday, events include the dedication of the new graveside park at University found William L. Mayo's burial site at 9:30 a.m., followed by a ribbon cutting for the new brick garden at the Alumni Center and the annual...

Hunt County Pets Alive

Dr. Karri McCreary, co-owner of the Greenville Animal Hospital, relates the story of a group of nine puppies recently found in a closed cooler by the side of a road in Sulphur Springs . The person who found the puppies called Dr. McCreary, and she immediately went to rescue the dogs, which now have been placed in a foster home. Dr. McCreary works with an animal rescue group called Hunt County Pets Alive .