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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Opinion
10:39 am
Fri June 14, 2013

Cowboys: Behold the Spurs, do likewise

Peter Holt, owner of the San Antonio Spurs
www.nba.com

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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Opinion
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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Opinion
5:33 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

“Luck’s a chance, but trouble’s sure …”

John Mark Dempsey

I saw something online that fueled my natural pessimistic tendencies.  It was a story about a University of Texas law student who, on a computer, has developed a plastic gun whose parts can apparently can be fabricated using a 3-D printer (did you know there were 3-D printers?) and assembled as a gun that actually fires bullets.

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Opinion
11:33 am
Mon May 20, 2013

“How” and other “bad words:” A-OK

http://www.dinercentric.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/swearing.jpg

I bought a nice Mother’s Day card recently for the long-suffering Tricia.  It carried a sweet and sentimental message – “Screw the laundry.” 

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Opinion
9:53 am
Wed May 8, 2013

Musical mavens: Bluegrass, Western swing and Son of Fab

John Mark Dempsey
A&M-Commerce Marketing Communications

I’ve probably seen more musical performances this year than the previous 10 years combined (as described previously, the ’60s band the Zombies, followed by Eric Clapton and the performers named here).

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Opinion
9:33 am
Mon May 6, 2013

Zombies, Slowhand and the weight of the years

John Mark Dempsey
A&M-Commerce Marketing Communications

Lovely wife Tricia and I have attended more than our share of music events lately.  So much that a friend of mine commented on Facebook, “You are really hitting the nightlife!”

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Opinion
11:30 am
Tue April 30, 2013

Smile when you say that (call “Beaver” unrealistic), podna

The "Leave it to Beaver" house on the Universal lot.
mojosells.com

The 1950s are a litmus test for our political views; love the ’50s, you’re likely conservative; hate the ’50s, you’re likely liberal.*

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Opinion
11:15 am
Mon April 29, 2013

JMD on Washington and Mt. Vernon

Screen capture from a Mt. Vernon walkabout tour.
youtube.com

I went to Washington, D.C. recently for an academic conference – one of those conclaves where you present your brilliant scholarly insights to a room of 15 other Deep Thinkers.

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Opinion
8:17 am
Fri April 26, 2013

JMD on the 'Shingles spot'

Screenshot from the YouTube video of the Merck commercial about Shingles.

Perhaps you’ve seen a commercial recently on TV. (Given the highly targeted nature of advertising today, it probably helps if you frequent the news and sports channels viewed by middle-aged men like me.) 

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Opinion
11:04 am
Tue April 23, 2013

JMD on the 24-hour news cycle

Still captured from youtube of CNN live footage

I felt a certain guilt in watching the search for the two alleged Boston Marathon bombers:  I enjoyed it.

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