Archive for October, 2009

On the road to Louisville

What do a cup, a glove, and a sampler have in common?

Friday, Oct. 30, 2009

ARS host Mark L. Walberg

An heirloom mint julep cup created by a Louisville silversmith; a pair of boxing gloves signed twice by Muhammad Ali; and a previous era’s version of “texting”—girls’ embroidered samplers, are just a few of the items featured on upcoming episodes of Antiques Roadshow. What’s more, these items are from the three episodes filmed in Louisville in the summer of 2007. And they are just some of the many fascinating pieces the KET staff got to see as thousands of people lined up for hours on end to get their items appraised with the additional hope of ending up being chosen for the program. All of the KET staff on hand for the filming had seen ARS (it’s only one of the most popular programs we air), but we’d never gotten to see the program behind the scenes. A few of us got to meet the Keno brothers (Leigh and Leslie), several of the appraisers, the producer and director of ARS , and we conducted a KET-viewer survey (you were a captive audience, afterall) that helped us better understand you, our audience. We also got to talk to people as they left the appraisal area and hear all the interesting things the appraisers had to say about their collectibles. It’s a lot of fun meeting someone who has just been told they are the owner of something very rare or expensive or both!

So, mark calendars, set your VCRs and DVRs, and prepare to explore Kentucky.

Louisville (Part 1)
Host Mark L. Walberg and appraiser Mike Gutierrez visit the Muhammad Ali Center to talk about collecting memorabilia of the former world heavyweight champion. At the Kentucky International Convention Center, the finds include a valuable piece of original cover art for the Saturday Evening Post by John Falter, an early 19th-century embroidered silk mourning picture, and an heirloom mint julep cup created by Louisville silversmith William Kendrick.

KET2 Monday, Nov. 2 at 8/7 pm CT
KET1 Thursday, Nov. 5 at 8/7 pm CT

Louisville (Part 2)
At the Civil War battlefield in Perryville, appraiser Rafael Eledge displays some valuable Confederate belt buckles and offers advice on how to avoid falling for a fake. Convention Center finds include a late 18th-century heirloom Kentucky sugar chest; an 1860 rococo revival table whose top sports a painting of Mount Vernon; and a pair of boxing gloves signed by Muhammad Ali—once as Cassius Clay, in 1963, and again as Muhammad Ali 40 years later.

KET2 Monday, Nov. 9 at 8/7 pm CT
KET1 Thursday, Nov. 12 at 8/7 pm CT

Louisville (Part 3)
At the Louisville headquarters of the Embroiderers’ Guild of America, appraiser Nancy Druckman shows host Mark L. Walberg a previous era’s version of “texting”—girls’ embroidered samplers. Finds at the Kentucky International Convention Center include a rare Dirk Van Erp lamp, circa 1910, that was bought for about $100; an exceptionally well preserved 1876 portrait Jumeau doll with all original parts, except hair; and a fortunate Kentucky corner cupboard made of locally grown wood and valued at $8,500.

KET2 Monday, Nov. 16 at 8/7 pm CT
KET1 Thursday, Nov. 19 at 8/7 pm CT

88 Keys, 300 Years

Kentucky Muse traces the history of the piano through 300 years

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The piano celebrates its 300th birthday this year, and in celebration KET presents the Kentucky Muse special “Eighty-Eight Keys, Three Hundred Years.”

Dr. Diane Earle, professor of music at Kentucky Wesleyan College, created a special concert program tracing the history of this popular instrument. Kentucky Muse introduces this Kentucky performer with a passion for the piano as she performs a grand array of piano pieces, including accompaniment by the Owensboro Symphony Orchestra led by conductor Nicholas Palmer.

Beginning with the harpsichord, Earle delves into the history of the instrument, illustrating its place in the musical pantheon with a variety of pieces including works by Galuppi, Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Debussy, Rachmaninoff, Henry Cowell, and George Gershwin. Along the way, Earle relates the importance the instrument has played in her life, and, in vignettes recorded outside the concert hall, depicts her interaction with her students.

KETKY: Monday, Nov. 2 at 8/7 pm CT
KET: Wednesday, Nov. 4 at 10:30/9:30 pm CT
KET2: Sunday, Nov. 8 at 10:30/9:30 pm CT

How Not to Flunk Test-Giving

In response to The New York Times October 12th editorial

On October 12, The New York Times ran an editorial which pointed out barriers for those wanting to study to take the GED test. While we respect the point of view of the editorial, we feel they overlooked a very important service available to help people study for the test. What follows is our response.

The Times editorial and the new GED study by the Community Service Society omit a dynamic resource available to New York’s adult learners: public television’s comprehensive GED test preparation series GED Connection.

The Community Service Society report cites a lack of quality instruction and access to preparatory materials. Universally accessible for free in New York on Thirteen and WLIW-21, GED Connection was developed through a national partnership by Kentucky Educational Television (KET), PBS, and the National Center on Adult Literacy to prepare America’s GED students at home and in learning centers.

The complete GED Connection preparatory system combines broadcast television programs – which are also available to learning centers on DVD or videotape – with workbooks, practice tests, and online resources including streaming video. The GED Connection videos are also available in Spanish for Hispanic GED-seekers.

These materials provide focused, high-quality instruction and were developed by America’s foremost experts in adult learning.

For adult learners without the basic literacy skills for GED test preparation, Adult Basic Education resources are available as part of the GED Connection learning system.

The millions of adult learners who are “trapped at the margins of the economy because they lack the skills that come with a high school education” should not be without access or quality instruction.

In fact, public television’s GED materials have helped more than 1 million adults gain their GED credential.  No other educational entity has produced a multiplatform adult learning system that has seen such widespread national use.

The 10,000 adults who leave high school each year in New York City, and the one in four high school students nationwide who do not graduate each year, are more likely to live in poverty, to require government assistance and to remain on public assistance longer than those with at least a high school degree, according to The Silent Epidemic, a report prepared for the Gates Foundation. Also, adults with more schooling are less likely to go to prison or return to prison and are likely to be healthier, to be employed, and to have higher occupational status and income.

This increased personal income translates to substantial fiscal impacts at every level of government.  According to a 2007 report by the Center for Labor Market Studies at Northeastern University, there is a $301,000 lifetime gap between the net fiscal contributions of a high school graduate and an adult without a high school diploma.  Compare an adult without a high school diploma to an adult who has attained a bachelor’s degree and the gap nearly triples, to $900,000.

The potential impacts of improved adult education – or the costs of educational decline – are truly staggering.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 39 million American adults lack a high school diploma. Public television is committed to helping these adult learners be prepared to pass the test.

Increased availability and awareness of public television’s high-quality instructional resources will help those that have dropped out of school receive their GED credential so they can enter the workforce, continue to higher levels of education, and contribute to strengthening America’s economy.

Malcolm Wall
Executive Director
Kentucky Educational Television

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