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The Grin-N-Bearit Show

M. Meinke
Grin-N-Bearit, recording an episode of their KETR Program on the Texas A&M University-Commerce Main Stage

By day, the members of Greenville's Grin-N-Bearit are educators, administrators, antique archeologists, and sales professionals. When they are not working, the band members volunteer their time to write original songs and scripts for KETR's "Grin-N-Bearit Show", heard on the first Wednesday of each month.

When KETR first heard there was a local group creating radio dramas , we jumped at the opportunity to have them on the Northeast Texas public radio station! It's really quite an experience  putting this show together each month. Taking a few pages of script and turning it into "The Grin-N-Bearit Show" is a lot of fun. If I had to choose my favorite aspect of the show's production, it would have to be inserting the sound effects. It's amazing how much a few pieces of audio can do to build the scene in your mind's eye.

Volunteer shows such as "The Grin-N-Bearit Show" are a great example of KETR's involvement with the community. Other stations, who follow commercial interests, cannot afford to give air time to a show like this, but we thrive on providing a platform to local, original talent.

Wednesday, October 5 brings the return of the monthly radio program, heard at 7 pm during Notably Texan, with an encore on Saturday, October 8 following A&M-Commerce Lions Football (around 10:00 pm).  October's classic episode is titled "The Adventures of Dooner Manley," featuring our narcoleptic hero Dooner, and his imaginary alter ego "Mesquite Durango." "The Grin-N-Bearit Show" is good, old fashioned radio fun, we hope you can check it out!

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.