Singer-songwriter Jimmy Rose has seen the bright lights in the big cities – and he expects to be back in the limelight soon.
Rose is the Pineville native, coal miner, and Marine Corps veteran who finished third on NBC’s America’s Got Talent show last September. Since then he’s toured the country with other stars from the program. Back in Kentucky, Rose has played the opening of a Mt. Sterling car dealership, and he’s planning a concert at Renfro Valley.
Rose also found time to visit KET for a taping of this Sunday’s One to One. He shares his hit song “Coal Keeps the Lights On” with us. For the blog today, Rose also sings another original tune we think you’ll enjoy:
You can watch my conversation with Jimmy Rose, Sunday at 1 p.m. on One to One.
This weekend on One to One, I talk with Dan Gediman, the Louisville producer who recreated the This I Believe series for public radio. In addition to their broadcasts on The Bob Edwards Show, Gediman recently released a book of essays written by Kentuckians. We’ll talk about his work on the series and how he sees This I Believe as an antidote to social media today.
One of our online producers here at KET is John Gregory, a former editor and producer for This I Believe. I asked John to pen a few thoughts about his time with the project:
When This I Believe launched nine years ago, social media was in its infancy and a mobile device was a bulky laptop computer. Now, the entire digital world slips into our pocket with room to spare.
But has this accessibility and immediacy really brought us any closer to knowing those people outside of our circle of Facebook, Google+, Twitter, or Linkedin contacts? I’m not sure it has.
Which is why I still believe in the power of This I Believe. The project can connect us with individuals across the country and around the world who are very different from ourselves. In the seven years I worked on the series, my colleagues and I got to meet an extraordinary array of wonderful people. Very few of them did I actually meet in person. Most of my interactions with essayists occurred through a series of emails and telephone conversations to help them edit and record their statements of belief for the public radio series.
It takes a tremendous courage and trust to plumb the depths of your life experience with a radio producer who calls you out of the blue one day. And yet dozens of people willingly did just that during my time at This I Believe. There was the priest on the Texas-Mexico border who helps Hispanic Americans discover the power of the vote. The Ohio State student who struggles to be more than the depression and addiction that once defined her. The ex-con turned Ivy-League archeologist who pays tribute to the steadfast support of his mother. An Army major in Afghanistan who struggles to understand the death of one of his soldiers. A diner waitress in Chicago who learned the benefits of talking to strangers. The Guyanese writer who finds poetry not just in words but in dance. And the Alabama college professor who realizes “home” is a potent mix of memory and reality.
Without This I Believe, I never would have gotten to know these folks and so many more. They likely wouldn’t have come up in my RSS feed, been pinned in Pinterest, or become a friend on Facebook. But getting to know them and their stories enriched my life; reading their essays may also enrich yours.
That is the enduring legacy of This I Believe – and it’s one in which you can participate. Tell them, what do you believe?
One to One with Dan Gediman airs Sunday at 1 p.m. on KET.
The long and arduous process of writing a new two-year state budget has started in Frankfort. Members of the House and Senate Appropriations and Revenue Committees are reviewing Gov. Steve Beshear’s suggested budget, line by line.
It will be weeks before we know the outcome.
One man who’s closely watching the process is Kentucky Youth Advocates Executive Director Terry Brooks. He is so pleased with the governor’s budget proposal that Brooks pronounced Beshear “the children’s governor” because of his plan to restore funding to programs supporting youth and families, and because of the overall values Beshear exemplifies regarding young people in the Commonwealth. Brooks said the agenda laid out by the governor is as “smart as it is bold.”
Brooks will be my guest on the next One to One. We’ll talk about the budget and the needs of the state’s children and families. The show airs Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. on KET2.