Posts Tagged ‘WinterPledge’

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.

Voting Rights for Felons on Kentucky Tonight

Monday, December 5th, 2011

WinterPledge finished up last night and everyone here at KET wants to say THANKS to all of you who called or went online to tell us you appreciate our programs and want to see them continue; it was our opportunity to step out of our regular programs and thank you for the support you’ve given us over the years.

Tonight, Monday, December 5th, Kentucky Tonight returns to its regular time slot at 8/7 pm CT. We’re tackling the tough subject of restoration of voting rights for convicted felons. This is Representative Jesse Crenshaw’s House legislation, which has passed the Kentucky House of Representatives several times, but failed in the Senate. Kentucky and Virginia have the distinction of placing tighter restrictions on voting than most other states; 48 states have some level of restriction, but if those are met, allow felon’s to vote in elections.

Our guests tonight are:

  • Ed Monahan, Kentucky Public Advocate
  • Dave Stengel, Commonwealth’s Attorney for Jefferson County
  • John Roach, a Lexington lawyer and former counsel to Governor Ernie Fletcher
  • Allen Trimble, Commonwealth’s Attorney for McCreary and Whitely Counties

Let us know how you feel by calling, emailing, or sending us a Tweet during the show! Send questions to (please include name and town or county) or use the message form at the Kentucky Tonight website. For questions during the program, call (800) 494-7605.

WinterPledge and Al Smith

Monday, November 28th, 2011

At KET, we’re off and running with our winter pledge drive which runs through December 4th.

There are a lot of tremendous programs to watch all week. To help us continue bringing you the best in entertainment, education, and public affairs programs all year long, we also hope you’ll take a little time to invest in KET with your financial support. This week you can watch for a tribute to the Beatles, Riverdance, new Celtic Woman, and much more.

Personally, I think one of our best gifts to you will be an opportunity to spend an evening with our old KET friend Al Smith and his new memoir, Wordsmith: My Life in Journalism. Al, the decades-long host of Comment on Kentucky, will sit down with me for a special taping of One to One and you can be a part of the audience. All week, you’ll be given a chance to call or email KET and receive a ticket to the taping of the show on January 12th and a copy of Al’s book. Al will talk—a lot—about his book and his life and you’ll get a chance to have him autograph your book, too. And, we’ll have a reception before the taping where ticket holders, Al, and I will mix and mingle.

This has been quite a year for KET and the public affairs department with the election, candidate forums, conversations with the Kentucky congressional delegation, and more. We want to thank you for your support.

Let us know if you want us to continue this kind of journalism next year. There’s no better way to do that than to call in and reserve a seat for the taping on One to One with Al. I guarantee it’ll be fun and informative! I hope to hear from you this week and see you in January.

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