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John Mark Dempsey

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Dr. John Mark Dempsey is an associate professor of radio-television at A&M-Commerce, part of the department of Literature and Languages.  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 back in 1975 and was also the first person to broadcast Commerce Tigers football on the station (as a student.)

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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. 

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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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?

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.

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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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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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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