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Jerrod Knight

General Manager

Jerrod Knight (TAMUC '05) rejoined 88.9 KETR in December 2008 as Director of Programming and was named General Manager in 2010.

Knight oversees station programming, news and sports operations, individual and corporate development efforts, business and budget planning and execution, and technical operations. In addition to being the station's webmaster, he is also a regular on-air and online news and opinion contributor, and serves as executive producer of the station's various local program offerings.

Knight also manages the relationships between KETR and external organizations like NPR, American Public Media, the FCC, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, among others.

Before 88.9 KETR, Knight's broadcast career included Susquehanna-Pfaltzgraff (now Cumulus,) Omni Communications Corporation, and The Ranch Radio Network.

Knight is currently serving a seventh annual term as the Non-commercial Director on the Board of Directors of the Texas Association of Broadcasters, elected by his noncommercial broadcast peers in Texas. A member of the Commerce Rotary Club from 2010 until late 2018, Knight was named Rotarian of the Year in 2012 and served as club president for the 2015-2016 Rotary year. He sat on the university's 2020 Strategic Planning Task Force (2014-2015) and later served on the A&M-Commerce Strategic Plan Assessment Committee until 2019. Knight has also previously led and contributed to teams in radio broadcasting that have won numerous awards in newscasting, production, and web design from the Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters and the Texas Associated Press Broadcasters, and an NAB Marconi Award for Country Station of the Year (KPLX, 2003.)

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The school board for Greenville Independent School District announced Wednesday that their decision Tuesday for all GISD students to return to in-person classroom instruction by May 3rd, and then by May 12 in a later announcement, has now been nullified; at-home learning will be an option for students for the remainder of the spring semester.

Doug Thomas Memorial Field plaque
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The new softball field at Wolfe City High School has been named in memory of longtime teacher and coach Doug Thomas, who died in May 2018 following complications from a stroke earlier that year. He was 61 years old.

A dedication of the new facility took place Monday, April 26, 2021 at 4pm, just ahead of Wolfe City's final regular season matchup against the Bland Tigers, a game rescheduled after Friday's weather.

Saturday, April 24, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., the City of Commerce will be participating in a National Prescription Drug Take BAck event at the Commerce Police Department. The semi-annual community event is sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Administration and happnes in April and in October of each year.

The first Commerce event took place in April of 2019. Since then, each such event results in some 100 pounds of expired prescription medications collected from the local community. Nationally, the total amount of expired drugs collected in October of 2019 was 492.7 tons.

Police activity at Monroe and Chestnut streets on Thursday afternoon after a reported shooting.
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Update: A call to the City of Commerce confirmed that one person was injured as a result of today's shooting in Commerce. Other information, including the condition of the victim, was not shared. A separate social media post by Texas A&M University-Commerce appears to indicate that the victim is not a member of the university community.

TAMUC alumna Dionica Bell is a Student Affairs Officer at UC-Davis, and a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.
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Vice President Kamala Harris was sworn into office on Wednesday, January 20, making her the first woman, the first black person, and the first person of south Indian descent to obtain the second highest office within the U.S. Government.

 

Today, Thursday, Septemeber 17, 2020, is North Texas Giving Day, and 88.9 KETR needs your support! We invite you to join the generosity movement and help us reach our goal of $6,500. 

As one of the projects in the New Deal during the Great Depression in the United States, the Public Works of Art Project, begun in 1933, was developed to bring artist workers back into the job market and assure the American public that better financial times were on the way. Among the most high-profile works were United States Post Office murals produced between 1934 and 1943. 

The Commerce Tigers kick for an extra point in the first quarter of their August 28th game versus Edgewood.
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The Commerce Tigers football broadcast began its 46th season the air at 88.9 KETR on Friday, August 28th, and an early-schedule Tigers win marked the occasion. Commerce defeated the Edgewood Bulldogs by a score of 42 to 12.

Following the football game broadcast, The Big Friday Night Scoreboard Program returned to the air to round up final scores for games in the region.

Texas A&M University-Commerce is set to resume its fall semester on Monday, August 24. With the backdrop of the global COVID-19 pandemic class offerings range from in-person to online-only to a number of hybrid curriculum options. The student experience for commuters and residents alike is going to differ in a number of ways from any previous semester in the school's history. 

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There was a time, not too very long ago, when outsiders were allowed to visit the 88.9 KETR studio complex. And since February of 2013, one of the first faces those visitors would see was that of administrative assistant Cristy Boucher, who retired on May 29, 2020.

Cristy came to 88.9 KETR after a well-established career in support of higher education. A proud Aggie originally from the town of College Station, TX, Cristy had accumlated professional stops at Texas A&M University, Virginia Tech, and most recently, Plymouth State University.

In this final installment of a podcast series dedicated to the Texas A&M University-Commerce 2019-2024 Strategic Plan, Dr. Mark Rudin takes time to spell out the thinking behind the four foundational principles laid out in the plan.

They include commitments to be:

  • Transformative
  • Innovative
  • Inclusive
  • Sustainable

A transcript of the discussion, recorded in early February 2020, is below.

Each year, radio and television stations across the state of Texas submit their very best work for consideration by the Texas Associated Press Broadcasters. Generally in April, an awards ceremony is held in Austin and journalists, videographers, producers, and anchors flock to 6th Street to learn who's work topped each category. This year, concerns related to the coronavirus pandemic led to the cancellation of the ceremony planned for April 4. As a result, the winners have been announced in a release - and 88.9 KETR is among the top-awarded stations in its division.

Special Programming from 88.9 KETR: Texas A&M University-Commerce president Dr. Mark Rudin, Dean of Students Dr. Thomas Newsom, and Student Health Services Director Maxine Mendoza-Welch joined KETR's Jerrod Knight on the air Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. to answer call-in and submitted questions regarding the university's actions to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus and how those actions are impacting students and the campus community. 

The NCAA has allowed Division II institutions to self-apply extension of eligibility waivers for student-athletes whose 2019-20 spring season was canceled, provided, among other things, that the student-athlete’s season was ultimately canceled for reasons related to the COVID-19 outbreak.

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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has canceled the state's requirement for high-stakes standardized testing as public schools face the prospect of long-term closures to combat the coronavirus.

Abbott's Monday morning announcement said he's also asking the federal government to waive its education testing requirements for the school year.

The Texas A&M University-Commerce Safety Office is asking students, faculty and staff returning from international travel on or after March 14 through specific airports to self-quarantine for two weeks.

Domestic travelers returning home, even through the same airports, are not being asked to quarantine at this time.

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Located 66 miles northeast of Dallas, Commerce, TX has been home to the institution now called Texas A&M University-Commerce since an 1894 fire forced its relocation from Cooper, TX. A&M-Commerce occupies a unique space straddling a line between an urban and a rural identity.

In a Thursday note to the campus community, Texas A&M University-Commerce president Dr. Mark Rudin explained that, effective immediately, all face-to-face classes are transitioning to online instruction until further notice. The suspension of in-person classes applies to all A&M-Commerce campuses, including the RELLIS campus.

UPDATE: Texas A&M University-Commerce has transitioned to online instruction "until further notice" as of March 12, 2020.

Previous story: Texas A&M University-Commerce president Mark Rudin shared an update Tuesday regarding the institution's plan of action should any student on the Commerce campus contract the coronavirus that causes the disease COVID-19.

The Texas A&M University-Commerce 2019-2024 Strategic Plan lists, "Create an inclusive community characterized by respect and collaboration," as a strategic priority and goal. An ongoing Civility Initiative, headed by counseling professor Dr. LaVelle Hendricks, seeks to instill and confirm ideas about how university personnel might positively interact with one another and with students, families, and community members.

A&M-Commerce president Dr. Mark Rudin discusses this institutional priority on The President's Perspective.

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KETR celebrates Black History Month with two evenings of special programs, coming up this Friday and Saturday, Feb. 28-29.

To say that Texas A&M University-Commerce president Mark Rudin carries a flame for institutional research is a bit of an understatement. It's his passion, and it shows clearly in this conversation with KETR's Jerrod Knight. This episode of The President's Perspective is the second in an initial series on the subject of the 2019-2024 Strategic Plan for A&M-Commerce. The plan introduces five strategic priorities and goals, the second of which is a commitment to "Elevate Research."

In the fall of 2019, Texas A&M University-Commerce published its 2019-2024 Strategic Plan. At only six pages, this polished full-color document is notably succinct and deserves to have its finer points explored beyond what appears on the page.

This is The President's Perspective, a podcast with the purpose of sharing what's important and what matters to the president and CEO of Texas A&M University-Commerce, Dr. Mark Rudin.

Texas A&M University-Commerce president Mark Rudin shared a message with faculty and staff on Wednesday aimed at sharing the campus' Safety Action Plan as well as providing some insight into the process surrouding decisions to share certain information.

According to a message from the Texas A&M University-Commerce Police Department, a suspect has been arrested on the charge of capital murder in connection with the shootings that occurred on the campus of Texas A&M University-Commerce this week. 

The suspect is 21-year-old Jacques Dshawn Smith. Smith is not a student at A&M-Commerce, police say. He is believed to be the ex-boyfriend of Abbaney Matts, one of the deceased individuals. 

An arrest warrant was obtained through the use of surveillance and witness tips. 

Deja Matts
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The Texas A&M University-Commerce Police Department has confirmed the identities of the two deceased. The first victim is 19-year-old Deja Matts. Deja was a freshman at A&M-Commerce and was pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Public Health. She was from Garland, Texas. The second victim is 20-year-old Abbaney Matts, sister of Deja. Abbaney was not an enrolled student at A&M-Commerce.

The third victim, two-year-old son of Abbaney Matts, was treated and released to the care of family members. 

The Texas A&M University-Commerce Police Department has confirmed the identities of the two deceased. The first victim is 19-year-old Deja Matts. Deja was a freshman at A&M-Commerce and was pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Public Health. She was from Garland, Texas. The second victim is 20-year-old Abbaney Matts, sister of Deja. Abbaney was not an enrolled student at A&M-Commerce.

The third victim, two-year-old son of Abbaney Matts, was treated and released to the care of family members. 

Pride Rock Residence Hall, where the Feb. 3 shootings occurred.
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Two women are dead and a child was wounded as a result of a shooting at a Texas A&M University-Commerce dormitory Monday morning. 

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