Posts Tagged ‘Al Smith’

Al Smith Returns; Education’s David Cook on Innovation

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

Here are a couple of program notes for your Sunday and Monday KET viewing:

Our friend and a true Kentucky treasure makes a return visit to “One to One”  Sunday. Former “Comment on Kentucky” host and author Al Smith comes to the table to talk about “Kentucky Cured: Fifty Years in Kentucky Journalism”, his second book which came out last fall.

Al has so much to say about his life, family, education, and journalism in Kentucky that it has taken him two books to write it all down; his first volume, “Wordsmith: My Life in Journalism” was the top seller a couple of years ago at the Kentucky Book Fair in Frankfort.

His new work is a collection of new and updated essays and is replete with tales of well-known Kentucky personalities like “Happy” Chandler, Bert Combs, and Louie Nunn. And the best part of my conversation with Al—is Al! He still remains of high spirit and enthusiasm about his writing and his life. It was great to spend a few minutes with him.

Monday night at 9 ET, “Education Matters” explores how Kentucky schools are using technology combined with innovative strategies to give students more control over their education. The panelists, from Eminence Independent and Danville Independent, also discuss project based-learning and how Kentucky teachers can continue to be learners themselves.

Joining the discussion is Dr. John Nash, associate professor in the College of Education at UK and David Cook, director of innovation and partner engagement at the Kentucky Department of Education.

In an after-the-show segment, Cook talked about his role as the go-to person for innovation in Kentucky schools.

“One to One” airs at 1 pm ET on Sunday.
“Education Matters” airs at 9 pm ET Monday.

Al Smith Wows the WinterPledge Audience

Friday, November 30th, 2012

Our dear friend Al Smith returned to KET Thursday night.

Al and his lovely wife Martha Helen dropped by the studio for a special appearance on our fundraising campaign to talk about his new book, “Kentucky Cured: Fifty Years in Kentucky Journalism.”

Al, the host of Comment on Kentucky on KET for more than 30 years, has written two books in the last year and a half. “Wordsmith: My Life in Journalism” was Al’s memoir and was published last year.

Part of our fund drive this year will be to give all of Al’s fans and supporters an opportunity to attend a reception and book signing on January 8th, 2013.

Thursday night on KET, Al visited with my colleague Renee Shaw, who produced Al’s show for more than 12 years. They discussed his new book, among other things.  As always, Al was in rare form:

You can still get tickets to Al’s event by donating online or by calling 1-800-366-0366.

And thank you for supporting all of the programs seen on KET.


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