’Tis the season!

New specials, old favorites help make your holidays bright

Christmas on the Danube
KET2 Friday, Dec. 16 • 6:30/5:30 pm
KET2 Saturday, Dec. 24 • 1 pm/noon

The cities of the Danube are particularly spectacular at Christmas. Follow the river from Budapest, Hungary, to Passau, Germany, to learn these cities’ histories, see their major sights, and visit their Christmas Markets.

Mr. Stink
KET2 Sunday, Dec. 18 • 6/5 pm
KET2 Sunday, Dec. 25 • 10/9 am
A girl befriends an unusual tramp and learns that there is more to him than meets the eye — or nose. Based on David Williams’ bestselling book.

Happy Holidays with the Boston Pops
KET2 Sunday, Dec. 18 • 9/8 pm
KET Saturday, Dec. 24 • 9/8 pm

Celebrate the New England holiday season with the Boston Pops and Tanglewood Festival Chorus, which includes performances by bass-baritone Justin Hopkins and country star Sara Evans. Also featured is Broadway, film, and TV star Robert Morse — Mad Men’s Bert Cooper — who demonstrated his song-and-dance chops in his unforgettable exit from the series in 2015.

Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir
KET Monday, Dec. 19 • 9/8 pm

Broadway star Laura Osnes and acclaimed British screen and voice actor Martin Jarvis join the choir and orchestra at Temple Square for an unforgettable Christmas concert. Metropolitan Opera soloists join the award-winning all-volunteer choir, made up of 360 men and women, and its 150-member orchestra.

A Chef’s Life Holiday Special
KET2 Tuesday, Dec. 20 • 7/6 pm
KET Saturday, Dec. 24 • 2/1 pm

Chef Vivian Howard serves up the best of her Southern cooking heritage and the Chanukah traditions her husband Ben grew up with. Sample simple corned ham, an upscale oyster dressing, humble Hoppin’ John, and an elegant red velvet cake for a charming and delicious holiday special.

Jordan Smith ’Tis the Season
KET Saturday, Dec. 24 • 8/7 pm

Kentucky’s own Jordan Smith skyrocketed to national fame by winning The Voice competition in 2015 — and becoming its biggest selling artist to date. Now, join the pride of Harlan in his own holiday special featuring music from his new Christmas album, ’Tis the Season, with special guest David Foster.

Joshua Bell Presents Musical Gifts
KET2 Wednesday, Dec. 21 • 10/9 pm

The world-renowned violinist performs an intimate holiday concert in his Manhattan residence featuring “An Old-Fashioned Christmas” with opera star Renee Fleming, “The Secret of Christmas” with Michael Feinstein, “Silent Night” by the Young People’s Chorus of New York, and more.

Holidays at Murray State 2016
KET Saturday, Dec. 24 • 10/9 pm

The Murray State University Concert Choir, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Orchestra, and featured soloists highlight this annual holiday special.

Christmas at Belmont
KET Saturday, Dec. 24 • 11/10 pm

Join host Kathy Mattea and nearly 700 student musicians, Belmont School of Music faculty, and Nashville Children’s Choir for traditional carols, classical masterworks, world music, and lighthearted seasonal favorites.

Christmas in Norway with the St. Olaf Choir
KET Saturday, Dec. 24 • midnight/11 pm

This concert pairs the acclaimed mixed-voice choir from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn., with the Nidaros Cathedral Girl Choir. The program was recorded in one of the oldest gothic cathedrals in the world, and its stunning acoustics complement the distinctive style of a capella singing for which the St. Olaf Choir is well known.

Rick Steves Special: European Christmas
KET Sunday, Dec. 25 • noon/11 am

From manger scenes and mistletoe to wintry wonderlands, Rick celebrates the Christmas season in England, France, Norway, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and Italy to reveal their customs and practices of the holiday season.

They’re the tops!

Sing along to the music of Kentucky’s own Hilltoppers


In the 1950s, The Hilltoppers was one of America’s most popular singing groups. Their romantic love songs, beautiful harmonies, and youthful enthusiasm captured the hearts of fans around the world, Over the course of their career they had 21 songs in the Top 40, musically and culturally bridging a time between the Big Band sound and the arrival of rock ’n’ roll.

The KET documentary The Hilltoppers tells their remarkable story and showcases some of the great music that made the group a popular sensation. It premieres Monday, Oct. 24 at 9/8 pm on KET.

The group was made up of four young men who met at Western Kentucky University — Billy Vaughn and Don McGuire were from Kentucky, Jimmy Sacca and Seymour Spiegelman of New York. The group took its name from Western’s athletic teams nickname (and the group wore beanies and Western letter sweaters in many of their performances).

A demo they recorded on campus of a song Vaughn had written called “Trying” came to the attention of Randy Wood, who had a small record label called Dot Records.  It quickly become a smash hit, and the next thing the group knew they were singing for a national audience on Ed Sullivan’s Toast of the Town. Life had changed forever for these four college students.

KET interviewed the only living original member of the group — Don McGuire, who now lives in Lexington — as well as Ann Sacca, the widow of the lead singer and one of Sacca’s sons.

Also featured are Kentucky writer Bobbie Ann Mason, who founded The Hilltoppers fan club, and Ed McClanahan, another prominent Kentucky writer whose life and work was influenced by the group.

The program features footage of The Hilltoppers performing on popular TV variety shows of the time, along with home movies, family photos, and rare unreleased songs.

Make your summer spectacular!

Spend Sunday, Aug. 28 with great programs

It’s summertime, and the living is easy — especially if you have KET to inspire, enlighten, and entertain you.

Join us on Sunday, Aug. 28 for “Summer Spectacular,” a fantastic day of programs — and an opportunity to become a member of KET or make a special gift.

Tickets are available to Mannheim Steamroller and Joe Bonamassa concerts with your donation.

Make your gift online at KET.org/support or by calling (800) 866-0366.

I Miss Downton Abbey
KET 9/8 pm

Revisit treasured moments from the unforgettable Masterpiece Classic series in this retrospective of the most successful British drama ever!

This program includes new behind-the-scenes clips and interview footage with the cast. Revisit the series’ serpentine story lines, spectacular locations, stunning costumes, and all the rest which won our hearts for six seasons.

Inside Poldark 
KET 10:30/9:30 pm

Relive the thrilling first season of the swashbuckling romantic series with hints of what’s to come for the dashing Captain Ross Poldark. Featuring cast and creator interviews, behind-the-scenes footage, and the spectacular Cornish coastline.

The Highwaymen Live at Nassau Coliseum
KET2 1:30/12:30 pm
KET 6/5 pm

Join Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson — “the Mount Rushmore of country music” — for this live concert recorded in 1990. The Highwaymen perform classics like “Big River,” “Me and Bobby McGee,” and “Always on My Mind.”

Summer, Surf & Beach Music We Love
KET 3/2 pm
KET2 8/7 pm

Hit the sand and the sea with songs from legendary artists of the 1960s and ’70s with this sun-drenched salute to the greatest sounds of surf guitar rock and pop tunes. Highlights include “Surfin’ USA,” “I Get Around,” “Wipeout,” “California Dreamin,’” “Under the Boardwalk,” and much more.

Carol Burnett’s Favorite Sketches
KET2 4:30/3:30 pm
KET 7:30/6:30 pm

Join beloved funny lady Carol Burnett as she presents her own personally selected favorite moments from her long-running variety series featuring hilarious sketches like  “As the Stomach Turns,” “The Dentist,” with new dentist Tim Conway, who accidentally injects himself with Novocain; and “Went With The Wind,” with Carol as Starlet O’Hara.

Joe Bonamassa: Live at the Greek Theatre
KET2 9:30/8:30 pm

Guitarist Bonamassa pays tribute to the “Three Kings of the Blues” — Albert, B.B., and Freddie King — in this 2015 concert at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles.

Mannheim Steamroller 30/40Live 
KET 10/9 am
KET2 3/2 pm

Celebrate 30 years of musical holiday magic and 40 years of groundbreaking compositions with this milestone special from the American group known for their blending of classic music and rock.

Join us for this Summer Spectacular day of programming. And thank you for supporting KET.


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