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
Wed April 23, 2014

Hunt County rich in baseball tradition

Majors Stadium arch, downtown Greenville

Hunt County has a rich baseball tradition, according to Hunt County Historical Commission chairman Carol Taylor.  Greenville recently observed the 65th anniversary of the minor-league Greenville Majors defeating the mighty New York Yankees in an exhibition game.  The legendary Monty Stratton of "The Stratton Story" fame was from the Greenville area.  And "town teams" from almost every community in Hunt County used to play each other in fun, and sometimes fierce, competition.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Tue April 22, 2014

High-tech hail protection and crank radios helpful for spring weather

Rick Miller

The Blacklands Cafe's personal technology commentator Rick Miller says a new product will protect your car against hail, even if you have to leave it outside the garage. And Rick says crank-operated radios may not be high-tech, but they're sure good to have in event of a power failure.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Carol Burnett's 'Hollywood Arms' opens Tuesday at A&M-C

A play written by Carol Burnett and her late daughter Carrie Hamilton, "Hollywood Arms," opens in the University Playhouse at Texas A&M University-Commerce at 8 p.m. Tuesday, and continues with 8 p.m. performances through Saturday night and a 3 p.m. matinee on Sunday.  Director Jim Anderson is the guest on "Blacklands Cafe."

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Community Seeds hosts community garden

Community Seeds of Lone Oak director Bert Cooper discusses the organization's community garden.  Community Seeds defines its mission as to "to operate as a clearing house for area churches, to serve the economically disadvantaged and under served people of our area, with emergency assistance and programs to empower and encourage them to become self-sufficient."

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Thu April 17, 2014

Commerce musicians -- the 'more the merrier'

Brad Davis

Grammy-Award winning music producer, guitarist, and singer-songwriter Brad Davis says "the more the merrier" when it comes to the expected opening of a facility for area musicians in the old A.L. Day Elementary School building, under the flag of the New Orleans-based Tipitina's organization.  Brad says he is extremely busy producing music by new artists in his downtown Commerce recording studio.  And he says he'll be the host for a new Louisiana Hayride TV and radio program produced in Shreveport.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Wed April 16, 2014

New Field House floor, softball facility in the works

Ryan Ivey
Credit Texas A&M University-Commerce

Texas A&M University-Commerce athletic director Ryan Ivey discusses construction of the new basketball/volleyball floor in the Field House and plans for the new varsity softball facility, which is expected to be ready for play in the fall.  Ryan also discusses the possibility of varsity baseball at A&M-Commerce.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Large area not necessary for gardening

Hunt County Master Gardener Dr. Stephanie Suesan Smith says she has a vegetable garden that's only 4 feet by 8 feet in size.  We discuss the Master Gardener program and some tips for getting started.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Do similarities to '87 foretell stock-market crash?

NPR

Texas A&M University-Commerce economics professor Dr. Dale Funderburk says the stories of statistical similarities in the current performance of the stock market and the weeks leading up to the catastrophic crash of 1987 are noteworthy, but predicting the behavior of the market is always risky.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Alumni event April 16; heritage logo 'reveal' April 24

Wyman Williams
Credit Texas A&M University-Commerce

The director of development for the Texas A&M University-Commerce College of Business and Entrepreneurship, Wyman Williams, discusses two major upcoming events, a reception for Commerce-area A&M-C/ET alumni from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, April 16 in the Alumni Center. And, kicking off the 125th anniversary year of the University, a "reveal" of a new heritage logo and apparel featuring a combined A&M-C/ET logo takes place from 3-6 p.m. Thursday, April 24, in the University Amphitheatre.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Thu April 10, 2014

McKinney schools study Commerce; Boots 'n' Barbecue Saturday

Blake Cooper
Credit Commerce Independent School District

Commerce ISD superintendent Blake Cooper says the McKinney ISD recently sent a group to Commerce to study how Commerce Elementary School and A.C. Williams Elementary achieved recent gains in student test scores.  Also, Blake discusses this Saturday evening's Boots 'n' Barbecue fund raising event, sponsored by the Commerce Schools Educational Enrichment Foundation.

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