Matt Meinke

Notably Texan Host/Production Director

Born in Dallas, Texas, Matt moved to the Sulphur Springs area in 1990 and settled in Commerce shortly thereafter. Having dreamed of working in radio since childhood, he began working at KETR while taking Radio-Television courses at Texas A&M University-Commerce in 1993. Matt has transitioned from a part-time worker and pupil of KETR, to the station’s Chief Announcer/Producer and supervisor of student broadcasters. A familiar voice of 88-9 KETR, Matt has hosted such shows as The Late Nite Lion, and can currently be heard as host of Notably Texan.

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Matt Meinke (left) and Cole Risner outside Binnion Hall at A&M-Commerce.
Jerrod Knight

Greenville Native Cole Risner continues to turn heads with his latest album Better Man. Opting for more of an Americana sound, Cole recruited Hayes Carll's guitarist Travis Linville to co-produce the album, which features guests like John Pedigo from Dallas' The O's, and fiddler Heather Stalling, wife of Max Stalling.

(Left to right) Mary Gauther, Gretchen Peters and Eliza Gilkyson on the "Three Women And The Truth" tour.
Used by permission from the Val Denn Agency

Grammy-nominated songstress from Austin Eliza Gilkyson is no stranger to music, cutting her first demos as a child for her father Terry Gilkyson. Her folk and Americana compositions have been recorded by names like Bob Geldof and Roseanne Cash, and she's been inducted into the Austin Music Hall of Fame.

Christian Sparks playing guitar and singing during a live performance at Notably Texan Headquarters.
Matt Meinke

Making new, original songs, influenced by folk singers of this and former generations, is the specialty of rising talent Christian Sparks. Over the past few years, he has transitioned from alt-rocker to "Shakey Graves-esque" crooner, and the future looks bright for this enterprising young man.

Lincoln Durham
Robyn Von Swank

When you mix a one-man band with the twisted mind of a manic preacher, and throw in vintage and custom stringed instruments, you get Texas' own Lincoln Durham. Volatile, often shadowy, lyrics, paired with punk infused electric blues sounds, help set him apart from the pack.

Kimberly Dunn
Matt Conant

Kimberly Dunn has come a long way since marching as a saxophone player with the A&M Fightin' Texas Aggie Band in College Station. After graduating in 2011 on her 23rd birthday, Dunn devoted herself fully to her budding music career and released her debut EPs.

Matt Meinke and Hannah Kirby pause for an obligatory selfie at KETR.
Matt Meinke

Hannah Kirby, former contestant on NBC's "The Voice,"  is still riding high on the motivation and fan boost she received from her television experience. Her debut Fire In My Soul album continues to garner the talented Sulphur Springs resident some much deserved attention.

Cameran Nelson performing live.
Bling Johnson

A relative newcomer to the Texas music scene, Cameran Nelson pulls from his life experiences to create his brand of Texas country. He has lived across the state: everywhere from the Gulf Coast, to Northeast Texas, and his current home in the Hill Country, and he's always counting down to the next live show.

Rickey Gene Wright playing a tune live on Notably Texan.
Matt Meinke

Rickey Gene Wright has been writing original music in Texas for most of his life, but didn't make it a priority until he learned that one of his songs was being played by others in Nashville bars. His band has since released their debut album, and are working on more material.

Fishing Guide Seth Vanover showing off a catch.
Luke Clayton

The crappie spawn is currently it's early stages, and Luke visits with fishing guide Seth Vanover to  discus catching the big ones while they are in shallow water. Vanover also shares some good news concerning the white bass spawning run on the Sabine River.

Christopher Holt performance in the KETR Studios.
Matt Meinke

It's been a while since anyone has heard new music  from the versatile Christopher Holt, but he's been quite busy. Since his last album release in 2010, Holt has taken on the role of touring guitarist with the legendary Don Henley, and recorded a ton of new material which became the double-album release Stargazer on the newly formed State Fair Records in Dallas.

Herd of Gelada Baboons in Simien National Park.
Mary Clark Traveler Blog (http://thetravelinggene.blogspot.com)

Simien Mountains National Park in Ethiopia is home to numerous endangered species, and allows visitors a chance to get up close and personal with creatures such as the Gelada Baboon.

Host Mary Clark describes her visit to a series of Civil War Historic sites, and the mixed feeling generated from her experience. Producer: Matt Meinke.

Hannah Kirby, during her Notably Texan interview on KETR.
Paul Bryan

Sulphur Springs, Texas native, and 2015 contestant on NBC's "The Voice," Hannah Kirby spoke with Matt Meinke during her experience on the popular TV talent show. Hannah went on to finish in the top 8 performers of the season.

Promotional piece highlighting the eclectic nature of the music played during KETR's live daily program Notably Texan.

The Guy Forsyth Blues Band (left to right) Bassist Naj Conklin, Vocalist/Guitarist Guy Forsyth, Lead Guitarist George Rarey, and Drummer Mark Hayes.
Doug Larue

For the past 25 years, the talented Guy Forsyth has been sharing his passion for music in Texas. He has a busy solo career, plus The Guy Forsyth Blues Band,  AND a forthcoming record by the remnants of his old band Asylum Street Spankers called The Hot Nut Riveters.

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