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
Fri January 10, 2014

Dr. LaVelle Hendricks: Beware of 'krokodil'

Dr. LaVelle Hendricks
Texas A&M University-Commerce

Texas A&M University-Commerce associate professor of counseling Dr. LaVelle Hendricks says yet another menacing new drug is taking a terrible toll on abusers.  It's a synthetic drug called "krokodil," and while it's not yet widespread, it's beginning to appear in the western U.S.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Thu January 9, 2014

Mary Sue Cole: Need to lose weight? Try the DASH diet

Mary Sue Cole
Hunt County Extension Service

Hunt County Extension Agent Mary Sue Cole recommends the DASH diet, developed by the National Heart and Lung Institute, for post-holiday dieting.  Also, the extension service has workshops coming up on food preparation and pie making.  For more information, call (903) 455-9885.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Wed January 8, 2014

Frances Dalbey: Hunt County Kids one of United Way's newer agencies

Frances Dalbey
Hunt County United Way

Hunt County United Way executive director Frances Dalbey discusses Hunt County Kids, an organization that primarily operates in the Quinlan area of southern Hunt County.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Tue January 7, 2014

Taylor: Ruby Allmond was a female music trailblazer

Carol Taylor
Hunt County Historical Commission

Hunt County Historical Commission chairman Carol Taylor discusses the career of Ruby Allmond, trailblazing Northeast Texas female fiddler and songwriter, whose papers and memorabilia are housed at the James Gee Library at Texas A&M University-Commerce.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Mon January 6, 2014

Slinkard: New industry for Greenville, possible airport upgrade for Commerce

Caleb Slinkard

Herald-Banner and Commerce Journal editor Caleb Slinkard says Quanex Building Products is coming to Greenville, and the city of Commerce is hoping to get a grant to make major improvements to the Commerce Municipal Airport in 2014.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Thu January 2, 2014

Jim Ainsworth: Texas not perfect, but better than most

Jim Ainsworth

Certified public accountant, certified financial planner and author Jim Ainsworth, one of our commentators on the political scene, says if a recent Time magazine article, "Why Texas Is Our Future," is correct, it's probably a good thing for the country.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Tue December 31, 2013

A&M-C, city of Commerce exploring new med facility

Dr. Dan Jones
Texas A&M University-Commerce

Commerce Mayor Dr. John Ballotti and Texas A&M University-Commerce President Dr. Dan Jones say the city and the university are planning a feasibility study for a U.S. Department of Agriculture-funded regional medical facility in Commerce.  The Texas A&M System is helping in the project.  Also, ground breaking is planned soon for the Hunt Memorial Hospital District's new facility in Commerce.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Mon December 30, 2013

Carol Taylor: "Shooting the anvil" for Christmas

Carol Taylor
Hunt County Historical Commission

One more tip of the cap to Christmas, as we discuss how Christmas was celebrated in Hunt County in the late 19th Century, after the Civil War and Reconstruction.  Hunt County Historical Commission chairman Carol Taylor says one highlight of the community Christmas Day celebration was "shooting the anvil," which definitely would not meet safety standards today.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Sat December 28, 2013

Rev. Johnson: Santa Claus is real

Dr. Jeff Johnson
First Baptist Church, Commerce

First Baptist Church pastor Dr. Jeff Johnson describes how he used the historical figure of Saint Nicholas to talk to his young daughters about Santa Claus.  This program originally aired on KETR Monday, Dec. 23.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Mon December 23, 2013

Jeff Johnson: Why Santa Claus is real

Dr. Jeff Johnson
texasbaptists.org

First Baptist Church of Commerce pastor Dr. Jeff Johnson tells the story of Saint Nicholas, the 4th century saint and bishop of Myra, in modern-day Turkey.  When Jeff's daughters were young and they asked him if Santa Claus was real, he told them, "Yes."  Hear the story in this Blacklands Cafe.  

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Fri December 20, 2013

Carol Taylor: Christmas used to be a community event

Carol Taylor
Hunt County Historical Commission

Hunt County Historical Commission chairman Carol Taylor says in the years after the Civil War, people in Hunt County used to celebrate Christmas as a community, with a large Christmas tree in the county seat of Greenville.  Christmas trees in homes were rare or non-existent.  A large crowd of people would gather  on Christmas Day to observe the holiday, and children would receive modest gifts.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Thu December 19, 2013

Hendricks: Bryant could use anger management skills

Dr. LaVelle Hendricks
Texas A&M University-Commerce

A&M-Commerce associate professor of counseling Dr. LaVelle Hendricks discusses anger management techniques, and says Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant is an example of someone who struggles with controlling his anger.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Wed December 18, 2013

Rick Miller: 3-D printers available for the home

Rick Miller

Our technology commentator Rick Miller says 3-D printers are available in "box stores" for around $1,300, and a small hand-held 3-D printer that can render small, plastic figures is available for about $99.  There is concern that guns can actually be printed, but body parts such as hands and ears have also been produced with 3-D printers.  Rick offers this list of the 10 weirdest 3-D

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Tue December 17, 2013

Englert: Commercialization of Christmas is not new

Valarie Englert
First United Methodist Church-Commerce

First United Methodist Church of Commerce senior pastor Valarie Englert says we've heard complaints about the commercialization of Christmas for a very long time, and it's up to each of us to change our ways of observing Christmas if we want it to be different.  Other holiday topics: Santa Claus and the "war on Christmas."

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Opinion
6:36 am
Mon December 16, 2013

An ode to Facebook

NPR

Social media – Facebook, Twitter, et al – come in for their share of criticism.   They’re blamed for facilitating bullying, narcissism, and a host of other pathologies.  Here’s a word or two on their behalf, at least on behalf of Facebook.

I suspect that Facebook has lost some of its cache with the young and with-it because old timers such as myself have adopted it for the sort of things us old timers like to do, such as keeping watch on our teenage kids.

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