John Mark Dempsey


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.


Blacklands Cafe
7:50 am
Wed September 25, 2013

Dr. Dale takes the pulse of the economy

Dr. Dale Funderburk

Texas A&M University-Commerce economics professor (and interim dean of the College of Business and Entrepreneurship) Dr. Dale Funderburk visits with us on the debt ceiling, quantitative easing and other factors affecting the U.S. economy.

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Blacklands Cafe
7:00 am
Tue September 24, 2013

How about a 'forever phone?'

Rick Miller
Texas A&M University-Commerce

A&M-Commerce Training and Development instructor Rick Miller discusses a bold new vision for the cell phone.

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Blacklands Cafe
7:00 am
Mon September 23, 2013

New emergency care facility for Commerce, Quinlan?

Alicia Wittkopf, Hunt Memorial Hosptial District
Hunt Regional Medical Center

Alicia Wittkopf and John Heatherly of the Hunt Memorial Hospital District discuss the Nov. 5 bond election that if approved would fund new emergency-care facilities in Commerce and Quinlan, and renovations to the Hunt Regional Medical Center in Greenville.

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Blacklands Cafe
9:37 am
Fri September 20, 2013

Talking testing and accountability with Commerce ISD's Cooper

Blake Cooper
provided photo

Blake Cooper of the Commerce school district talks with John Mark Dempsey about standardized testing and vocational education.

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Blacklands Cafe
8:03 am
Thu September 19, 2013

Remembering when Greenville wore green

Carol Taylor
Hunt County Historical Commission

Hunt County Historical Commission director Carol Taylor describes how a wartime shortage of green dye could be the reason why the Greenville High School Lions wear red.

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Blacklands Cafe
8:14 am
Wed September 18, 2013

Jack Ingram to play in Greenville

Country music artist Jack Ingram

Milton Babb of the Greenville Chamber of Commerce discusses this weekend's Rally 'Round Greenville events, including a performance by country musician Jack Ingram.

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Blacklands Cafe
8:49 am
Tue September 17, 2013

New jobs on horizon for Greenville

Caleb Slinkard

Greenville Herald-Banner and Commerce Journal editor Caleb Slinkard discusses economic development in Greenville with John Mark Dempsey. Also, an upcoming bond election could authorize funding new medical facilities in Commerce and Quinlan.

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Blacklands Cafe
8:29 am
Mon September 16, 2013

Commerce mayor discusses streets project

John Ballotti
Texas A&M University-Commerce TAMUC-Photo

Commerce mayor John Ballotti joins KETR's John Mark Dempsey for a discussion about the Commerce streets project and economic development in the city. It's the first installation of KETR's Blacklands Cafe, a news magazine feature heard during Morning Edition.

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JMD's Blog
10:57 am
Thu September 12, 2013

Remember the Texans

The NFL's Dallas Cowboys and the AFL's Dallas Texans were once rivals for the city's football fans in the 1960s. The Texans moved to Kansas City after an AFL Championship win. KC hosts the Cowboys at Arrowhead Stadium, noon Sept. 15.

As you watch the Cowboys play the Kansas City Chiefs this weekend, think of what might have been – the Dallas Texans might be playing the Kansas City Cowboys.

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JMD's Blog
10:55 am
Fri September 6, 2013

The five (or six) greatest Lions

Arthur James, ETSU runningback from '66-'69.

Observers of East Texas State/A&M-Commerce football over the past 20 years or so can be excused for not appreciating the rich tradition of the program – a lot of losing seasons, no playoff appearances, let alone post-season victories.  But it was not always thus.

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JMD's Blog
9:02 am
Mon August 26, 2013

Top 5 Commerce-area high school football players of all time

Raymond Berry

The Texas high school football season begins again this week, so it’s an opportune time to reflect on the history of the game. 

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3:10 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

'Way, Way Back' and 'Mud:' Anti-blockbusters

Screen capture from the trailer for "The Way, Way Back"

The summer blockbuster movies are never on my “must see” list, or any other list.  I put them into the same category as roller coasters; I have enough violent ups-and-downs and twists-and-turns in my life as it is, thanks. 

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11:51 am
Thu June 20, 2013

The wisdom of Jesus and Groucho

Groucho Marx

Something I’ve noticed about other people’s Facebook pages – almost no one has “favorite quotations.”  I have lots of them.

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10:39 am
Fri June 14, 2013

Cowboys: Behold the Spurs, do likewise

Peter Holt, owner of the San Antonio Spurs

As we watch the very excellent play of the San Antonio Spurs in the NBA playoffs, here’s a question for Dallas Cowboys fans:  Who is Peter Holt?

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1:19 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

The 'elephant in the room' in Commerce

Image from The Kilted Monkey's facebook page.

It's good news that the Kilted Monkey – Commerce’s oddly named but charming pub – is reopening, after a few weeks' absence.  Commerce needs more quirky, funky hangouts for townies and students alike that give the place the character of a true college town.

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