The Lead

Fridays at 10am, Saturdays at 9am

The Lead is the exclusive news magazine for Northeast Texas, and includes a recap of the week's local news, interviews with local news makers, and a Friday Feature segment designed as an audio vignette into various regional topics, and to showcase the talent of the students in the radio and television division at Texas A&M University-Commerce.



6:54 am
Fri September 28, 2012

Finding Positives From the 2011 Texas Drought

Trees following a 2011 wildfire in Magnolia County, TX
mrchriscornwell Flickr

Nearly a week removed from summer, and a large portion of the U.S. is still recovering from a drought-stricken season. But it’s a much better scene in Texas now than it was at this point a year ago.

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7:13 am
Wed September 26, 2012

Flood of Donations Gives Commerce Food Pantry New Life, But Fix is Only Temporary

A fully stocked shelf Tuesday at the Commerce Food Pantry
Scott Harvey KETR

COMMERCE - The Commerce Food Pantry had been running dangerously low on supplies. So the last few Sundays before worship volunteer Dennis White has stood before his fellow church members to remind them of the growing need to restock the shelves. 

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10:23 am
Fri September 14, 2012

Calling on Uninsured Texans: Free Clinic to Assist Thousands


DALLAS - Texas has the highest rate of uninsured people in the country with about 26 percent of residents in general and 22 percent of children lacking health insurance. As it turns out, many of the uninsured aren’t aware of the free and affordable services available to them.

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War on Drugs
5:35 am
Thu August 30, 2012

DrugFree Greenville says Goodbye to Kroncke, Celebrates 25 Years

GREENVILLE - For more than two decades, DrugFree Greenville has served on the front lines in the battle against substance abuse through continuous prevention and awareness campaigns, and a great deal of community support.

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The Bluegrass Special
10:31 am
Fri August 24, 2012

"Railroad Bill" Ogden to Host Final Bluegrass Special

Bill Ogden
Scott Harvey KETR

COMMERCE - The month was November. The year was 1982… or ’83… and Dr. W.R. “Bill” Ogden had tuned into 88.9 FM KETR to listen to the Bluegrass Express with Dave Heath.

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Local Interest
11:31 am
Fri August 17, 2012

Spraying for Mosquitoes: A View From the Passenger's Seat

Scott Harvey KETR

COMMERCE - It's 91 degrees at 7 p.m. on a Wednesday and Daryl Martin is preparing to go for a drive. The same drive he’s taken every other week this time of year over the last decade.

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Texas A&M University-Commerce
12:23 pm
Sat August 11, 2012

A Much Cooler Place: Alaska Trip

Texas A&M University-Commerce

Picture this: You are paddling down a gently flowing river, a cool breeze, and birds chirping in the background. You look at the river banks on either side of you, and there’s snow. You’re traveling down a river in Alaska.

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Texas A&M University-Commerce
5:36 am
Thu August 9, 2012

A&M-Commerce Science Building to Bear McFarland's Name

Dr. Keith McFarland speaking with KETR August 6
Jerrod Knight KETR

COMMERCE - For Dr. Keith McFarland, the 10th president at Texas A&M University-Commerce, the thought of having a building named after him never crossed his mind.

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West Nile Virus
5:07 pm
Sun August 5, 2012

West Nile Infections High, But Peak Season Not Over Yet

Chicago Sun Times

A Texas health official says cases of West Nile virus this year could exceed 500, which would be a record for the state.

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10:48 am
Fri August 3, 2012

Sulphur Springs to Milwaukee - The Compassion Connection

Kylie Singleton Sulphur Springs First Baptist Church

MILWAUKEE-The state of Wisconsin is famous for a lot of different things. It’s home to storied sports teams like the Green Bay Packers, was the home for two popular sit-coms, Happy Days and That '70s Show, and is known for extremely cold winters and extremely warm people. But they are also famous for something else. Dairy.

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1:21 pm
Sat July 14, 2012

Garden Friend or Foe? How to Identify

Medford Taylor National Geographic

The familiar sound of cicadas and crickets and frequent grasshopper, roach and beetle sightings are back in Northeast Texas.

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Parks and Recreation
7:23 am
Wed July 11, 2012

Will Interactive Fountains Replace Public Swimming Pools?

Cindy Roller KETR/Cooper Review

SULPHUR SPRINGS - How would you classify the status of municipal swimming pools? To one local city official, they’re on the verge of extinction.

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Outdoor Adventure
11:10 am
Fri July 6, 2012

Commerce Cycling, a "Wheely" Good Idea

Cooper Welch

COMMERCE - This summer a local organization is offering a chance to get fit and make friends at the same time. 

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Local Voice Talent
11:00 am
Fri July 6, 2012

A&M-Commerce Senior Lends Voice to Animated Series

Main characters in the Deadman Wonderland series

Some college students have a hard time balancing the load between their studies and their social life, but one student at Texas A&M University-Commerce manages to make the grades, raise a family, preach the word, and still find time to chase his dreams.

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Community Event
5:04 am
Fri July 6, 2012

Friesian Riders featured at Independence Day Celebration in Delta County

Cindy Roller Cooper Review/KETR

KLONDIKE- Patriotism will be celebrated on Saturday, July 7 in Klondike. The public is invited to this star-spangled event hosted by the Klondike Volunteer Fire Department.

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