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
8:45 am
Tue October 22, 2013

Jim Ainsworth: Term limits may be the answer to our political problems

Jim Ainsworth

Certified Public Accountant and Financial Planner, and Northeast Texas author Jim Ainsworth guests on the Blacklands Cafe, and says term limits may be the only solution to the ongoing political troubles in Washington, D.C.  And he says achieving term limits may not be as impossible as you might think.

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Blacklands Cafe
7:00 am
Mon October 21, 2013

'Bath salts:' Innocent name for dangerous synthetic drug

Dr. LaVelle Hendricks
A&M-Commerce

Dr. LaVelle Hendricks, associate professor of counseling and student affairs coordinator at Texas A&M University-Commerce, warns that innocent-sounding "bath salts" are highly addictive synthetic drugs that are sold over-the-counter in Northeast Texas.  The effects of of "bath salts" are similar to cocaine, Dr. Hendricks says.

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Blacklands Cafe
7:00 am
Fri October 18, 2013

NE Texas churches strive to reach 'nones'

Dr. Jeff Johnson
First Baptist Church

First Baptist Church of Commerce pastor Dr. Jeff Johnson discusses the phenomenon of the "nones," those who profess no religion, on the latest edition of the Blacklands Cafe.

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Blacklands Cafe
7:00 am
Thu October 17, 2013

United Way campaign kicks off Oct. 24

Frances Dalbey
Hunt County United Way

The executive director of the Hunt County United Way, Frances Dalbey, discusses domestic abuse, UW agency Women in Need, and the kickoff dinner for the annual UW fund-raising campaign Thursday, October 24 on this edition of the Blacklands Cafe.

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Blacklands Cafe
7:00 am
Wed October 16, 2013

Dr. Dale Funderburk: Federal debt is not like your debt

Dr. Dale Funderburk
Texas A&M University-Commerce

Texas A&M University-Commerce economics professor and interim dean of the College of Business and Entrepreneurship Dr. Dale Funderburk says comparing federal debt to your personal debt is not an "apples-to-apples" comparison, because you can't print money or borrow massive amounts from foreign countries.

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Blacklands Cafe
8:10 am
Tue October 15, 2013

K-2 synthetic drug a serious risk to users

Dr. LaVelle Hendricks
Texas A&M University-Commerce

Texas A&M University-Commerce associate professor and drug abuse counselor Dr. LaVelle Hendricks says K2, also known as "synthetic marijuana," poses a major health risk.

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Blacklands Cafe
7:00 am
Mon October 14, 2013

Samsung Galaxy S4: 'The next big thing'?

Rick Miller

KETR's personal technology maven, Rick Miller, breaks down the Samsung Galaxy S4.

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Blacklands Cafe
7:00 am
Fri October 11, 2013

Commerce ISD starts new drug-testing program

Blake Cooper
Commerce ISD

The Commerce Independent School District is starting a new random drug-testing program.  Commerce ISD Superintendent Blake Cooper explains the program on the Blacklands Cafe.

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Blacklands Cafe
7:00 am
Thu October 10, 2013

'Bras for the Cause' tonight in downtown Greenville

Janeen Cunningham
Bras for the Cause

"Bras for the Cause," an event that helps raise money for breast cancer victims in the Hunt County area, takes place tonight from 6:30-9 p.m. on Lee Street in downtown Greenville.  You're invited to vote on the best decorated bras.  Co-chair Janeen Cunningham guests on Blacklands Cafe.

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Blacklands Cafe
7:00 am
Wed October 9, 2013

Cotton pickin' memories

Carol Taylor
Hunt County Historical Commission

Hunt County Historical Commission chairman Carol Taylor says fall was once cotton picking time in Hunt County and all of Northeast Texas.  She's our guest on the Blacklands Cafe.

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Blacklands Cafe
7:00 am
Tue October 8, 2013

A&M-C honors 'War & Memory'

Dr. Eric Gruver
TAMU-C

Dr. Eric Gruver, director of the "War & Memory" project at Texas A&M University-Commerce, says many Northeast Texas veterans of World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War and the Cold War have shared the memory of their experience for the oral-history endeavor.

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Blacklands Cafe
7:00 am
Mon October 7, 2013

Commerce's Ballotti: Housing up, Tipitina's coming

Dr. John Ballotti
TAMU-C

Commerce Mayor Dr. John Ballotti discusses a mini-housing boom in Commerce, and plans for new music-oriented enterprise that will be located in the old A.L. Day Elementary School building on the east side of Commerce.  Information here on Tipitina's.

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Blacklands Cafe
7:00 am
Fri October 4, 2013

Religion: The rise of the 'nones'

Valarie Englert
North Texas Conference, United Methodist Church

Research shows that the number of Americans who say they have "no religion" has doubled since 1990.  First United Methodist Church senior pastor Valarie Englert discusses this trend on the Blacklands Cafe.

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Blacklands Cafe
7:00 am
Thu October 3, 2013

37 Shakespeare plays in 97 minutes

Freshman Callie McGovern and graduate student Jacob Layton rehearse A Midsummer Night's Dream during the Summer 2013 season. This fall's local Shakespearian offering present's the bard's works in a very different way.
Texas A&M University-Commerce

The director of "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, Abridged and Revised," Samantha Grace, visits the Blacklands Cafe.  The comedy will be staged October 8-13 in the Performing Arts Center at Texas A&M University-Commerce (seating is limited).

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Blacklands Cafe
12:20 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

Cottage-food law changes create opportunties, risks

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Texas A&M Agrilife Extension

Hunt County Extension Agent Mary Sue Cole says the state legislature has changed the "cottage-food" law pertaining to food prepared in the home for sale on the market.  The new law reduces restrictions in some ways, creating opportunities for entrepreneurs, but also potentially creating some risk for consumers, Cole tells KETR's "Blacklands Cafe."

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