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 January 19, 2015

Coloring book honors Hunt County African-American heroes

Joseph McGowan and Jim Conrad
Credit Herald-Banner

Texas A&M University-Commerce Archivist Emeritus Dr. Jim Conrad, author Andrew Pope and Greenville artist and musician Joseph McGowan have collaborated on a coloring book, "Historical African-Americans of Hunt County, Texas."

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Fri January 16, 2015

Radio: 'Life in the ol' boy yet'

Jerrod Knight, the general manager of KETR, discusses the current state of the radio industry, which is stronger than many realize, according to a recent article.  Another article reports that music downloads on iTunes are declining as listeners shift to Pandora and other streaming music services.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Thu January 15, 2015

One tip for a more successful 2015: Define 'better'

Randy Pennington
Credit Pennington Group

Randy Pennington, CEO of Pennington Group, business advisor and East Texas State/Texas A&M-Commerce alumnus and his "Five Friends" offer tips for a better 2015.  One of the tips: define what you mean by "better."

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Wed January 14, 2015

Womack: Workplace wellness programs should emphasize 'total wellness'

Credit McKinley Health Center, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Velvete Womack of the Fire and Ice spa in Commerce says workplace wellness programs could be better by approaching wellness from a "total wellness" perspective, going beyond exercise and physical concerns.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Tue January 13, 2015

Slinkard: Phoenix Charter revocation doesn't reflect quality of education

Phoenix Charter School logo

Herald-Banner and Commerce Journal editor Caleb Slinkard discusses the status of the revocation of Greenville's Phoenix Charter School, and plans for the construction of the new Bowie Elementary School and a Wal-Mart Neighborhood Store in Greenville.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Mon January 12, 2015

Commerce mayor on sidewalks, airport, Ann & Harry Champion Center

Commerce City Hall

Commerce Mayor Dr. John Ballotti discusses plans for sidewalk repairs in downtown Commerce, progress on the Municipal Airport improvement project, and the renaming of the Norris Community Center as the Ann and Harry Champion Community Center.

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Blacklands Cafe
9:16 am
Sun January 11, 2015

One tip for a more successful 2015: Define 'better'

Randy Pennington
Credit Pennington Group

Business consultant, CEO of Pennington Group and East Texas State/Texas A&M-Commerce alumnus Randy Pennington and his "Five Friends" group offer tips for a more successful 2015.  One of Randy's tips: Take time to define what you mean by "better."

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Fri January 9, 2015

KETR observing 40th anniversary in 2015

KETR general manager Jerrod Knight says KETR will observe its 40th anniversary in April of this year, with plans being developed for the observance.  And Jerrod discusses a listener survey that has recently been completed, and plans for a new "Community Partners" campaign.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Thu January 8, 2015

Mark Cuban advocates limiting student-loan debt

Mark Cuban
Credit Entrepreneur.com

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban advocates limiting student-loan debt to $10,000 as a way of bolstering the economy.  Business consultant Randy Pennington, CEO of Pennington Group in Dallas and an East Texas State University/A&M-Commerce alumnus, discusses Cuban's recommendation.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Wed January 7, 2015

Wellness tips to start 2015

Credit Vanderbilt University

Dr. Velvete Womack, wellness coordinator of the Fire and Ice spa in Commerce, discusses wellness concepts for starting the new year.  Also, Velvete previews the Wellness University scheduled for Saturday, January 17 at the Northeast Texas Children's Museum in Commerce.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Tue January 6, 2015

Hunt County Historical Commission begins new year

Commerce railroad roundhouse
Credit Flickr

Hunt County Historical Commission chairman Carol Taylor reviews the events of local history 100 years ago, and is now starting a review of the year 1915.  With one more look back at 1914, Carol relates the story of the construction of Commerce's railroad roundhouse.  The Historical Commission begins its new year with a meeting at 7 p.m., Thursday, January 22.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Mon January 5, 2015

New Greenville, Commerce public art projects planned

Credit Hunt County Public Art

Derek Price with Hunt County Public Art discusses two new projects, a new mural in downtown Greenville by Pamela Edwards and a sculpture in Commerce City Park by David Zvanut.  See YouTube videos on the Greenville project and the Commerce project by clicking the links.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Wed December 31, 2014

Pay attention to 'little things' in marriage, relationships

Dr. Linda Ball
Credit Texas A&M University-Commerce

Texas A&M University-Commerce assistant professor of counseling Dr. Linda Ball says "little things" add up in the long-term success of marriages and relationships.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Tue December 30, 2014

Dr. Rick on pneumonia, shingles vaccines

Dr. Rick Selvaggi

Commerce general practitioner Dr. Rick Selvaggi discusses new guidelines on the pneumonia vaccine.  And the television commercials tell us to ask our physician about the shingles vaccine -- so we ask Dr. Rick about it.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Mon December 29, 2014

Carol Taylor looks back at 1914: 100 years ago

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Hunt County Historical Commission chairman Carol Taylor has spent the year looking back at 1914, 100 years ago, and shares her reflections.  One of the events of 1914 was the Christmas Truce during World War I, when British and German troops spontaneously laid down their arms and enjoyed each others' company for the day.  A British food store chain, Sainsbury's, has produced a commercial commemorating the event.

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