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
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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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Greenville urges 'Code Red' sign-ups

Caleb Slinkard

Herald Banner and Commerce Journal editor Caleb Slinkard discusses what it's like to be in charge of a newspaper on a night like last Thursday, April 3, when violent spring weather hit Hunt County.  He says the city of Greenville is urging more people to sign up for CodeRED, the automatic severe-weather notification system.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Tue April 8, 2014

No-kill shelters are challenging to operate

The report that the city of Commerce Animal Shelter will be operated as a no-kill shelter with help from a group of animal lovers is good news, says Commerce Humane Association president Jody McIntier, but she says there are large challenges in running a no-kill shelter.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Mon April 7, 2014

United Way hosts 'Power of the Purse' Thursday

Frances Dalbey
Credit Hunt County United Way

Hunt County United Way executive director Frances Dalbey says the organization will host the "Power of the Purse" luncheon as a fund raiser Thursday (April 10) at noon at the Wesley United Methodist Church of Greenville.   Mamie McCullough, the "I Can Lady," is the featured speaker.

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Blacklands Cafe
6:00 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Unionization of college athletes could affect Division II

Ryan Ivey
Credit Texas A&M University-Commerce

  

Texas A&M University-Commerce athletic director Ryan Ivey says unionization of college football and basketball players, as a court has approved for athletes at Northwestern University of the Big Ten, could eventually affect NCAA Division II athletic programs, such as A&M-Commerce.

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