Archive for May, 2010

Paying tribute

Memorial Day programming recognizes veterans

Friday, May 28, 2010

KET honors the service and sacrifice of American men and women in uniform, their families at home, and all those who have given their lives for the country with the annual broadcast of the National Memorial Day Concert, airing Sunday, May 30 at 8/7 p.m. CT on KET and 9:30/8:30 p.m. CT on KET.

The award-winning event, broadcast live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol, is co-hosted for the fifth year by Emmy Award-winner Gary Sinise (CSI: New York) and Tony Award-winner Joe Mantegna (Criminal Minds). The broadcast airs live in HD before a concert audience of hundreds of thousands, millions more at home, and service members around the world on the American Forces Network.

Then, on Monday, May 31 at 10/9 p.m. CT on KET, Hallowed Grounds provides a rare visit to America’s extraordinary overseas military cemeteries and powerful stories about the men and women who are buried there.

Over on the Kentucky Channel, Kentucky veterans of World War II recount their combat experiences in Kentucky WWII Veterans: In Their Own Words, airing Saturday, May 29 at 8/7 p.m. CT on KET KY. Immediately following on the Kentucky Channel, Brothers in Arms recounts the experiences and accomplishments of the 101st Airborne “Screaming Eagles.”

Tiny authors win big

KET names winners for Young Writers and Illustrators contest

Friday, May 14, 2010

KET recently announced the winners of the KET Young Writers and Illustrators contest, a statewide competition designed to promote the advancement of children’s reading skills for students in kindergarten, first, second and third grades.

Abby Hill of Richmond is Kentucky’s third-grade winner. Her story, “Jenna’s Big Adventure,” is about an ocean jellyfish who finds herself in a scary and unfamiliar place – a tide pool.

The second-grade winner is Lexington’s William Ding, who wrote the story “Little Blue’s Adventures,” (left) in which a curious penguin explores the world, only to find that he truly belongs “back in Penguinville.”

The winner at the first-grade level is Richmond’s Montana Leigers. Her story, “The Huge Adventures of Miss Montana,” travels from Australia to Antarctica and everywhere in-between, offering helpful tips along the way, such as “Dingos are wild dogs. You can’t own a wild dog!”

The kindergarten winner is Nathaniel Jarboe of Rineyville, who wrote “R74 Gets a New Sister,” (right) about a friendly robot who teaches his new sister-bot to swim, count, sing and dance the “robot.”

The winning stories for Kentucky are currently available for viewing at

The Kentucky winner from each grade level will be entered into the national PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest, where a renowned panel of judges will identify the national winners. Those winners will be announced and national prizes, including laptops, digital cameras and MP3 players, will be awarded later this summer.

Row Hard

Award-winning documentary follows ocean rowing team

Monday, May 24, 2010

Row Hard No Excuses chronicles the voyage of the only American entry in a rowing race across the Atlantic Ocean. The film is both an exciting sports-adventure story and an intimate portrait of a two-man crew that explores masculinity, midlife, and ambition. The program airs Tuesday, May 25 at 9/8 p.m. CT on KET.

At 51 and 41, John Zeigler and Tom Mailhot are among the oldest competitors to participate in the Atlantic Rowing Challenge, a three thousand mile race from the Canary Islands to Barbados. They spend three years and their personal savings to make their dream of winning possible. But once on the water, they find the grueling crossing is easy to underestimate, and their quest offers one major obstacle after another.

Drawing from their compelling video diary at sea, the film engages the audience in the emotional challenges and rewards of their arduous journey. With a camera on nearly every boat, a diverse chorus of other teams — men and women, young and old — adds context to a meditation on human endurance and perseverance in the most extreme conditions.

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