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
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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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Mon December 16, 2013

Cole: Be careful with holiday foods

Mary Sue Cole
Texas Agrilife

Hunt County Extension Agent Mary Sue Cole offers advice on preparing and storing holiday foods, from thawing the turkey to storing and reheating the leftovers.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Fri December 13, 2013

Kearns: A busy Christmas weekend in Greenville

Pud Kearns
Housewarmers of Greenville

Pud Kearns of Housewarmers of Greenville says newcomers and long-time citizens alike will find plenty of Christmas activities this weekend in Greenville, including the annual Christmas Parade tonight at 7, a Jazzy Classic Christmas at the Central Christian Church in downtown Greenville at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, and the Park Street Candlelight Tour of Homes Sunday from 3-7 p.m.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Thu December 12, 2013

Dalbey: Early childhood intervention part of United Way

Frances Dalbey
Hunt County United Way

Hunt County United Way executive director Frances Dalbey says children under 3 with developmental delays are served by the Early Childhood Intervention program, which is aided by the United Way.  The annual United Way fund raising campaign is now underway.

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Northeast Texas
7:46 am
Wed December 11, 2013

Bill Bradford, 1920-2013: A great broadcaster

Bill Bradford
Sulphur Springs News-Telegram

You’re familiar with the names of many of the great broadcasters … Walter Cronkite, Edward R. Murrow, Johnny Carson, Paul Harvey, Oprah Winfrey.  I wonder if you know the name of another great broadcaster who practiced his trade in Northeast Texas, Sulphur Springs, to be exact.

Bill Bradford, the owner and general manager of KSST, has passed away.  He was 93, but remained engaged and productive on-the-air and in managing the daily affairs of the station until nearly the very end.

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