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Commentaries

KERA has refocused its approach to commentaries on the radio and the web. We aim to explore the issues of the day, but not in the type of pieces you’d routinely find on op-ed pages of newspapers. Instead, we do it through storytelling and personal experiences.  

Diversity is a primary goal – across politics, ethnicity, age, geography. KERA aims to sound more like North Texas, with a wide variety of voices covering a wide variety of topics.

Immediacy is key. When reflecting on a news event, the piece should be turned around within a couple of days. Airing more than a week after a news event is often too late. And, when a news event can be anticipated, we try to air the commentary the day of that event.

Brevity is crucial. The piece should not exceed three minutes. Read aloud and time the commentary before submitting it.

So is food for thought.  A good radio commentary gives the media consumer something to think about well after its presentation ends, not just the writer’s point of view.

Here are a few examples that fit the criteria:

How To Submit

Submit commentaries by email, with a suggested two-sentence host introduction and a one-sentence “tagline” for the host to read that describes the commentator (Ex: “Jane Doe is a writer from Dallas.”) Please include your complete contact information: email address, phone number, Twitter and Facebook handles.

Whom To Contact

Sam Baker, Senior Editor

Email: sbaker@kera.org | Phone: 214-740-9244 | Twitter: @srbkera

Homelessness: Putting A Human Face On An Inhuman Condition

Jan 21, 2014

Homelessness is an abstract news story to most of us.  But commentator Rawlins Gilliland explains how coming to know someone homeless has made it personal to him.

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None ranked among Billboard magazine’s top 10 artists for 2013, but commentator David Okamoto says the year was unique for Texas musicians, established and new.

A growing trend at America’s colleges: Humanities majors are on the decline. Commentator Lee Cullum explains why that's cause for concern.

Watch For The Look Of Love. It's All Around You.

Dec 17, 2013

As we celebrate the holiday season, commentator Rawlins Gilliland reflects on the many faces of life and love.

Along with the food and gift-giving, the holiday season is also a time for reflection and gratitude for all we have. The same holds true for commentator Diane Brown, but it took her a while to reach that point.

During Busy Holiday Season, Marvel At The Poetry Of Life

Nov 19, 2013

As the holiday season begins to escalate, commentator Rawlins Gilliland sees poetry all around us.

Their services usually come at a cost. But commentator and attorney William Holston says National Pro Bono week (Oct. 20-26) reminds us lawyers also put in many hours on a volunteer basis.

The Day Kennedy Died In Dallas

Oct 15, 2013

As the world acknowledges the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy assassination in Dallas, commentator Rawlins Gilliland shares his memory of a thrilling day that turned tragic.

Many of us grow up sharing a home with sisters and brothers, but commentator Rawlins Gilliland says it sometimes seems the only thing we have in common is our parents.

Katrina Evacuees: There's Still No Place Like Home

Aug 29, 2013

Eight years ago this month, Hurricane Katrina nearly destroyed New Orleans. Commentator Rosalyn Story recently returned with friends to find a city vibrant, and full of energy. But she says some who settled in North Texas have no desire to live in New Orleans again.

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