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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

Here's To The Class of '63

Aug 20, 2013

Millions of American students are returning to school this time of year. Commentator Rawlins Gilliland will be among them, 50 years after graduation from his North Dallas High School.

The Poet Who Knew George Wallace

Jul 23, 2013

50 years ago, then-Alabama Governor George Wallace pledged "segregation forever!" He later did just the opposite, and commentator Rawlins Gilliland was there to witness some of the change.

Memories Of Mandela

Jul 18, 2013

Volunteers across North Texas will help observe Nelson Mandela’s 95th birthday with the 67 Minutes project – a minute of public service for every year the Nobel laureate’s spent as a human rights lawyer, prisoner, peacemaker and as South Africa’s first democratically elected president. Commentator Lee Cullum shares memories of meeting Mandela a year before he won the position.

American Freedom Through An Immigrant's Eyes

Jul 3, 2013

As a lawyer for Human Rights Initiative of North Texas, William Holston has represented immigrants to this country since 1999. He explains in this commentary how immigrants have helped him see our country’s freedoms with fresh perspective.

What You Need To Know About Alzheimer's

Jun 28, 2013
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More than five million Americans are living with Alzheimer's Disease, but recognizing it can be difficult at first as commentator Pamela Ice found out.

Moonstruck With Poetic Passions

Jun 18, 2013

The Summer Solstice on June 21 celebrates the year’s longest day.  But commentator Rawlins Gilliland says he longs for life after dark.

American retailers have refused to join an international plan to improve safety conditions at garment factories in Bangladesh. That includes Walmart. Thinking back to a meeting this past winter, the retail giant's stance came as no surprise to commentator Lee Cullum.

Commentary: A Cottage For Sale

May 21, 2013

While many of us think the world of drugs is a foreign war, commentator Rawlins Gilliland says the heavy combat hits close to home.

Help Wanted: Hackers

May 8, 2013
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The Obama administration this week accused China’s military of mounting attacks on American government computer systems and defense contractors. Commentator Rena Pederson says it’s just one example of a growing problem – one that could be at least partly addressed in the classroom.

Defining Love And Marriage

Apr 18, 2013

While many Americans question the definition of marriage, commentator Rawlins Gilliland says there’s no question how he defines love.  

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