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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View from atop the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, the tallest artifical structure in the world since 2009.
Mary Clark Traveler Blog (http://thetravelinggene.blogspot.com)

A friend's suggestion to observe the massive Airbus plane landings at D/FW Airport, led Mary to take a brief trip on Emirates Airlines to Dubai.

Cleon Carraway pictured with one of his elk bugles fashioned from a cow horn.
Luke Clayton

On this weeks show,  Luke visits with master game call maker Cleon Carroway www.wildgamecalls.com. Cleon divulges some of his predator calling techniques that he has spent a lifetime perfecting.

Art and photos from inside the new Cas Haley "More Music More Family" album.
Beatrice Ardila

After a lengthy rest and rehabilitation period for his voice, Cas Haley is back with a new album, a different record label, and a fresh outlook on music and life.

Candles are distributed to the crowd at the Meskel celebration in the Ethiopian Capital of Addis Ababa.
Mary Clark Traveler Blog (http://thetravelinggene.blogspot.com)

During a visit to Ethiopia, Mary Clark was able to take part in the 1600 year old traditional Meskel celebration, commemorating the finding of the true cross in the fourth century AD by Queen Helena, mother of Constantine, First Christian Roman Emperor.

Shane Smith (center) and bandmates The Saints
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Shane Smith knew he wanted to go "all in" to the music business after the first time he heard one of his songs on the radio. Now several years into that career, Shane Smith and The Saints are known for their energetic live shows across the Southwest and beyond.

Interior of Ernest Hemingway's home in Havana, Cuba.
Mary Clark Traveler Blog (http://thetravelinggene.blogspot.com)

American writers Ernest Hemingway and Eudora Welty never met one another, however the two shared many things in common, as Mary Clark discovered during visits to each of their homes.

Luke speaks with Larry Sparks this week about catfish at Lake Texoma.
Luke Clayton

Luke visits with Fishing guide, and proprietor of Sparky's Guide Service, Larry Sparks to talk about the state of fishing at Lake Fork in these early weeks of Autumn.

Mary concludes her series on civil war, civil rights, and Southern charm, with a stop in Mississippi at a historic plantation home.

Kevin "Shinyribs" Russell at Gruene Hall
Courtesy Of The Artist (www.shinyribs.org)

Austin's Kevin "Shinyribs" Russell, Former singer of The Gourds, regularly entertains crowds with his live show antics which often include leading a conga line through the crowd, or performing "Shinyribified" versions of  Blackstreet's "No Diggity" or TLC's "Waterfalls."

Wade "DR" Holdsworth (left) and "Diamond" Jack Holdsworth performing a song in the KETR Studios.
Matt Meinke

The Birthright Blues Project are a family band, dedicated to serving up genuine Texas blues. Singer and guitarist "Diamond" Jack Holdsworth has recruited the whole family into the act, with wife Elan on bass, daughter Dani at the drums, and son DR showing talent beyond his years on vocals and guitar.

Lou Ann Petty from the music video to "Soldier's Wife"
Happy Tree Films/Michael Gauthier

Lou Ann Petty returns to the Bois D'Arc Bash Friday night at 7:30, featuring her new band "Luck of The Draw." The Cumby native has been a regular performer at the annual Commerce festival, and she told Notably Texan that she is thrilled to get back in front of an audience.

Hannah Kirby and Notably Texan Host Matt Meinke in the KETR Studios
Jerrod Knight

Sulphur Springs entertainer Hannah Kirby is using her experience on "The Voice" as inspiration to work harder on her debut full-length record. Finishing in the top 8 finalists on NBC's Emmy winning talent show was just the spark Kirby needed to put together a brand new band, and head into the studio to record tracks for the upcoming "Fire In My Soul" album.

Blue Water Highway Band's full lineup
Courtesy of the artist (www.bluewaterhighwayband.com)

Taking their name from a stretch of road along the Texas Gulf Coast, Blue Water Highway Band are establishing themselves as a powerful voice in Texas music. Though still new to many ears, the group is already being recognized for their melodic harmonies, smart lyrics, and top-notch musicianship.

Shoot Low Sheriff performing at Sons of Hermann Hall in Dallas.
Courtesy of Shoot Low Sheriff Facebook

The 7-piece Dallas outfit have dedicated themselves to upholding the traditions of their musical influences, such as Bob Wills and Milton Brown. Their renditions of classics by their idols flow together perfectly with the band's originals on their sophomore release "Wanted In Texas."

Civil War era cannon, preserved on Kennesaw Mountain in Georgia.
Mary Clark Traveler Blog (http://thetravelinggene.blogspot.com)

During a recent visit to Mississippi and Georgia, Mary Clark spent time exploring several of the Civil War sites that preserve the history of our nation divided.

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