Local Interest

These are stories that may not qualify as 'breaking local news,' but are still of importance and interest to our region.


On Tuesday, April 23, the Radio Television Digital News Association announced its winners of the Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards, and 88.9 KETR is proud to be among those named!

Dr. Rochelle Ruthchild, left, and Dr. Sharon Kowalsky, worked to bring the award-winning "Left On Pearl" documentary to A&M-Commerce during Women's History Month.
Mark Haslett

Earlier in March, the Gender Studies program at Texas A&M University-Commerce celebrated Women’s History Month with a screening of the award-winning documentary “Left On Pearl.”

For more than a decade, the Send Silence Packing® exhibit has traveled the country to end the silence that surrounds mental health and suicide and connect visitors with resources for support and action.

A lawn near the Rayburn Student Center on the campus of Texas A&M University-Commerce is expected to be covered with a large number of backpacks on Monday, March 11, which are displayed to share the stories of those who’ve lost loved ones to suicide.  

Because of 88.9 KETR's members, public radio happens in Northeast Texas. For 44 years and counting, 88.9 KETR has been our region’s unparalleled source for news, information, and entertainment. Your loyal support of KETR means there is a trusted resource on your radio dial and online that provides high-quality public radio news and content presented with integrity.

This small stuffed lion is designed to keep crisis numbers within reach.
Jerrod Knight

Texas A&M University-Commerce is required by mandate to distribute certain crisis hotline numbers to all students, faculty, and staff as a matter of course. Title IX Coordinator Nathan Perry, who works in the university's Office of Compliance, suggests there may be another way to make sure these vital contacts aren't filed away and forgotten.

Sunday Baroque, featuring host Suzanne Bona, will air oin Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on KETR.
Sunday Baroque

Programming note: As 88.9 KETR soon enters its 44th year on the air in service to Northeast Texas, new and exciting public radio programs will join the broadcast schedule beginning Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, January 11, 12, and 13, 2019. Here, we briefly lay out what you can expect when you leave your radio (or browser, or mobile device) tuned 88.9 KETR all weekend long.

Texas Association of Broadcasters 2018 Play by Play Submission: John Mark Dempsey (play by play) and Kevin Jefferies (color commentary) call for the Commerce Tigers on their early road game facing the Kemp Yellowjackets. Commerce had not yet put up an offensive score as they faced Kemp, who had bounced the Tigers out of the playoffs the year prior, for the 3rd game of the 2018 football season.

This clip follows Commerce as they take a lead over Kemp in a high-scoring first half.

The Big Friday Night Scoreboard Program has been serving Northeast Texas football fans for a decade with host Jared Taylor, Co-host BJ Laudermilk, and co-host/board operator Ryan Fulkerson running the show in 2018.

Texas Association of Broadcasters 2018 Play by Play Submission: Kevin Jefferies (play by play) and Brian Ball (color commentary) call a Big Friday Night Scoreboard Show Game of the Week as the Cooper Bulldogs host the Blue Ridge Tigers.

In this clip, Cooper goes up early in a game they controlled from start to finish.

This holiday season, 88.9 KETR will be offering a selection of special programming for our listeners to enjoy. The following schedule below details the special programming KETR will be airing. All of our other regularly scheduled programming will remain the same. Descriptions of each holiday program are provided below. You can tune in on your radio dial at 88.9, streaming on our website by clicking the play button at the top of this page, on iHeartRadio, and iTunes RadioHappy Holidays from all of us at 88.9 KETR!

Lions Face Angelo State To Close Regular Season

Nov 10, 2018
Head Coach Colby Carthel will lead the Lions against Carthel's alma mater, Angelo State.
Texas A&M University-Commerce

The No. 14 Texas A&M University-Commerce football team closes out the regular season by welcoming Angelo State for Senior Day and Military Appreciation Day this Saturday.

Officer Dave Contreras and Coco are hoping to win a new Chevy Tahoe.
Provided Image

In Commerce, K9 Officer Coco and her human colleague are hoping for a new ride.

Vested Interest in K9s, Inc., a Massachusetts-based organization that works to outfit police dogs in protective gear, is hosting a contest.

Commerce Independent School District Officer Dave Contreras and Coco are among the 30 finalists across the United States in a popularity-vote contest to win a brand-new police Chevy Tahoe equipped for K9 transport.

The Constable's Office on Quinlan's Main Street.
Brittany Gryder

Carinne Manning joins Buried creators George Hale and Jerrod Knight to discuss the connections between Carey Mae Parker's neighborhood and a teenage girl who went missing from Hunt County in May 2001.

Dr. Mark Rudin
Boise State University

The new president of Texas A&M University-Commerce, Dr. Mark Rudin, stopped by the studios of KETR during his first week on the job.  Classes for the Fall 2018 semester at A&M-Commerce began today.

Josh Giles (right) and Matt Meinke at Notably Texan headquarters.
Carinne Manning

Josh Giles is taking his lifelong passion of music to the next level. He studied music at University of North Texas, he's been refining his craft through workshops, and he just produced a new single in Commerce with Brad Davis.

Texas A&M University System Chancellor John Sharp announced today that the Texas A&M University System Board of Regents has named Mark Rudin as the sole finalist for the position of President of Texas A&M University-Commerce. Rudin was selected during a telephonic meeting of the Board of Regents.

Public radio has a diversity problem. In a medium that struggles so hard to be balanced, neutral, and inclusive in everything it does, it still has few black female reporters and hosts.

DaLyah Jones is one of those few. Actually, in Texas, she’s the only person who can claim to be a black, female public radio host. She is a reporter, podcaster, and fellow All Things Considered host at KUT-FM in Austin. Turns out, that makes her somewhat of a pioneer.

And it gets lonely.

Each year, the Texas Associated Press Broadcasters host an assemblage of television and radio journalists, producers, and storytellers in Austin, Texas for an evening of showcasing some of the previous year's best news and sports content from around the state.

Emma Anderson

Texas A&M University-Commerce plays host to hundreds of undergraduate and graduate students from around the world each year. And so, each year, the institution offers the annual Global Cultural Festival to campus and community attendees. On April 10, 2018, many university students whose homes are outside the United States shared the clothing, food and experiences that they enjoy in their home countries.

Photo by "My Life Through A Lens" on Unsplash

College students right now are the political leaders and creators of tomorrow. Most college students don't know how to pay taxes, yet, they are expected to be able to comprehend what is going on in the world right now, and make decisions based on this knowledge. 

The Journalism building on the campus of Texas A&M University-Commerce.
TAMUC File Photo

Fifteen students representing the A&M-Commerce student newspaper, The East Texan, won ten on-site contest awards at the Texas Intercollegiate Press Association (TIPA) Conference, which took place in Dallas on March 21-24. The ten awards were a program best and the contestants finished the conference with second place in their division for ‘Best of Show.’

The documentary "Bois d'Arc Goodbye" is coming to A&M-Commerce on Apr. 5.
Russell Graves

KETR invites the public to attend a screening of the 31-minute documentary film “Bois d’Arc Goodbye” on the campus of Texas A&M University-Commerce at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 5.

The Texas Department of Transportation announced today that work to widen FM 1629 in Fannin County will begin next month.

The more than $1.3 million    project will extend the road from State Highway 121 to State Highway 78.

Work is expected to be completed by October.

A word cloud made of slang words featured in the podcast.
Emma Anderson

Slang is an defining part of many generations, the terms and meanings change over the years but the purpose remains the same. In this comedic episode of Points of Interest host Emma Anderson and guest Zach review  words and phrases often used by their generation today, and they attempt to put definitions to each. Zach also reviews a few terms he has learned that are different from this area of East Texas to show how slang can differ across the United States! 

Image depicting a city blurred out
Photo by Thong Vo on Unsplash

If you haven’t listened to Part 1 of 'You, Here', go back and catch up then listen to this episode.

Part 2 of 'You, Here' focuses solely on guest Scott. He is the first non-student featured in this podcast who has traveled and lived all over before ending here in East Texas. He compares what it was like growing up in New Jersey to settling here now. This episode carries over several themes and topics from the previous part of this series and develops them more.

  Texas A&M University System Chancellor John Sharp announced Monday, February 5, that a 13-member committee has been created to conduct a national search for the next President of Texas A&M University-Commerce.

The committee includes two members of The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents and representation from the faculty, students and administrators at A&M-Commerce, as well as several community leaders from the region.

Image depicting you are here
Flickr User Joe Loong / CC BY-SA 2.0

In this episode series of Points of Interest we explore the question, “What is it like to be you… here?” through three totally different stories from people currently living in East Texas, who aren’t from here.

The Big Friday Night Scoreboard Program has been serving Northeast Texas football fans for almost a decade with host Jared Taylor and Board Operator/Co-Host BJ Laudermilk running the show in 2017.

KETR has a commitment to reliable severe weather coverage for Northeast Texas, and in late April 2017, KETR's News Director Mark Haslett, Chief Announcer Matt Meinke, and Operations Manager Kevin Jefferies followed dangerous storms for over 5 hours of continuous coverage.

This clip includes excerpts from the night of continuing severe weather coverage.