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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Derek Price, owner of Greenshoot Media in Commerce and writer of the nationally syndicated "Cargazing" column, reviews Chevrolet's Camaro, the 2016 Motor Trends Car of the Year.  Derek also describes recently driving the Lexus ES Hybrid.

Hunt Regional Home Care has earned a five-star rating from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.  Kim Saenz, the director of the Hunt Regional Emergency Centers in Commerce and Quinlan, says less than two percent of home health agencies across the country earned the five-star rating.

The Cooper ISD recently received a 1921 scrapbook kept by a Cooper High School student, Faye Kenyon.  The book was discovered in a box of other items by a man in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and was returned to Cooper.  Cooper ISD superintendent Denicia Hohenberger and Cooper Review editor Cindy Roller discuss the historic book on the "Blacklands Cafe."

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Frances Dalbey, the executive director of the Hunt County United Way, says the organization has obtained grants to help renovate a park in Wolfe City.  She says United Way will need as many as 100 volunteers to do the construction work on Saturday, October 22.  Frances says this project represents a new, more "hands-on" approach for the Hunt County United Way.

Texas A&M University-Commerce associate professor of counseling Dr. LaVelle Hendricks relates the story of taking a group of students to Costa Rica to learn about the treatment of drug abuse there.

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Mayor Barbara Woodruff relates the history of Wolfe City, 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.

Herald-Banner film critic Alice Reese reviews two movies opening this week: "Jason Bourne," the latest in the action series starring Matt Damon, and "Nerve," a thriller about a cell-phone game that's been compared to Pokemon Go.

Sharon Feldt, our books commentator from Sulphur Springs, says two noted literary figures are scheduled to speak this fall in Northeast Texas.  Stanley Nelson, editor of the Clarion-Ledger newspaper in Ferriday, Louisiana, and the real-life figure upon whom novelist Greg Iles based his books Natchez Burning and The Bone Tree, will speak Saturday, October 8 in Winnsboro.  Nelson has written his own non-fiction book, Devils Walking.  On Wednesday, Octobe

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Malinda Allison of Honey Grove discusses the annual Bonham Quilt Hop, which takes place Friday and Saturday (July 29-30).  Many quilts shown in several locations.  For the first time this year, there will be a location in Honey Grove, at the historic St. Mark Church, built in 1883.  Malinda says Fannin County has the biggest quilt-barn trail in Texas.

Texas A&M University-Commerce alumnus Brian Pate writes a blog called "Blogging the Blacklands."  The subject of the blog very often is A&M-Commerce athletics.  He says conducted surveys of the greatest fotball players in ET/A&M-C history at various positions, and has recently been blogging on the University's athletic facilities.  Brian is an investment banker in Denton County.  This is his first time as a guest on the Blacklands Cafe.

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Mayor Jacky Goleman relates the history of Quinlan, 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.

Greenville Herald-Banner reporter Brad Kellar shares his observations on recent decisions by the Greenville school board to form the GISD's own police force, and to seek a change in no-pass, no-play that would exempt advanced and college-level courses from the rule.

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Pud Kearns with Housewarmers of Greenville discusses the opening of three new franchise restaurants on I-30 in Greenville: Snuffer's, El Fenix, and Taquiera La Ventana.  Also, the Wesley United Methodist Church of Greenville, on U.S. 69 east, hosts a crafts fair on Saturday (July 23).  The proceeds will help the church in its "adoption" of Carver Elementary School in Greenville.

Dr. LaVelle Hendricks, associate professor of counseling at Texas A&M University-Commerce and a leader in the Hunt-Hopkins African-American Leadership Conference, discusses the recent conflict between African-Americans and police.  Dr. Hendricks says more personal interaction of police with members of minority communities is the key to building trust and ending the violence.

Northeast Texas author Jim Ainsworth reviews the book Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain.  The book argues that the talents of introverts are often undervalued in a world that seems to revolve around extroverts.

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