The Commentaries of Dr. Archie McDonald

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For many years Dr. Archie McDonald delivered us poignant and insightful commentaries on subjects ranging from politics, to pop culture, and everything in between. Archie passed in 2012 and we miss his warmth and charm immensely. We retain an archive of his material on our website to remember him by. We hope you will listen and enjoy as much as we did his delightful way of looking at life.

  

The late commentator Archie McDonald often referenced his wife, Judy, in his commentaries. Through the years, we gleaned insights into their deep and abiding love for each other. This week, the city of Nacogdoches named its public library in honor of Judy B. McDonald. The recognition highlighted her 18 years of service on the Nacogdoches City Commission and as mayor. At the ceremony, Judy said Archie knew of the city's plan to rename the library. She said with a glint in her eye that Archie's response was, Great! Now I'm married to a building.

The late commentator Archie McDonald would have turned 77 on Nov. 29. In this retrospective of commentaries, now is the time to listen to Dr. McDonald count his blessings, as he gently urges listeners to do the same. Dr Archie McDonald passed away on Aug. 16. Over the past quarter, Red River Radio has aired a sampling of some of his most memorable commentaries. He contributed to Red River Radio's Friday morning lineup for more than a decade.

The late commentator Archie McDonald rubbed shoulders with a president or two. In light of this week's presidential election, we thought it would be entirely appropriate to revisit Dr. McDonald's chance encounters with POTUSes.

The late commentator Archie McDonald attended some political rallies over his lifetime. As the candidates hold rallies at a feverish pitch heading into Election Day 2012, we thought it would be appropriate to listen to a remembrance of political rallies from a bygone era.

The late commentator Archie McDonald often exposed himself and invited us into his life. There were times when we learned of his shortcomings. Maybe he revealed them to help encourage us to slow down and think about our impact on others. He wrote this commentary on the verge of a big birthday. It was a time when he took stock of his life. This reveal may make a difference in someone else's journey today.

The late commentator Archie McDonald often expressed his strong bond with his Nacogdoches kin. Over the years, he introduced us to many characters. But McDonald loved the Deep South. He grew up here, and knew its history through and through as a scholar and Regents Professor of history at Stephen F. Austin State University. This is his tidy Top 10 list about life in the South.

The late commentator Archie McDonald marked the seasons of his life through his weekly visits with us for more than a decade. This one titled "September Song" helps us become more introspective about the beginning of autumn.

The late commentator Archie McDonald began his academic career at Stephen F. Austin State University in 1964 as an assistant professor of history. He was a lifelong teacher, and we remember his tribute to the profession in this encore commentary from 2004.

The late commentator Archie McDonald contributed to our Friday morning airwaves for a better part of a decade. Now we're taking some Fridays to remember the commentaries that touched us in the past. This commentary about the "watery element" is one of them.

The late commentator Archie McDonald was a dedicated writer. He took his weekly spot on Red River Radio very seriously, and continually delivered fresh material for his Friday visits with us. Dr. McDonald passed away earlier this month. This commentary that he penned recently hasn't aired before. No. 586 is titled "Memories."

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