Archive for November, 2010

WinterPledge Favorites

KET’s pledge drive continues with viewers’ favorites

Monday, Nov. 29, 2010

WinterPledge 2010 continues this week with some of viewers’ favorite picks. Tonight, join Carole King and James Taylor at the legendary Troubadour club in Los Angeles, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary. The musicians are joined by the same band that played with them when they first appeared at the Troubadour in 1971. The concert special airs at 8/7 p.m. CT on KET.

Also tonight, Antiques Roadshow lifts the lid on 10 years of treasures with this special edition designed to test the memory of hardcore fans and kindle the curiosity of newcomers. “Roadshow Remembers” airs at 8/7 p.m. CT on KET and Thursday, Dec. 2 at 8/7 p.m. CT on KET.

Tomorrow, relive classic rock ‘n’ roll performances from The Ed Sullivan Show with Ed Sullivan’s Rock and Roll Classics — The ’60s, airing at 8/7 p.m. CT on KET2. From the Beatles’ American television debut and the Doors’ infamous one-time-only appearance to the Rolling Stones, Sly and the Family Stone, the Mamas and the Papas, and more, the program features powerful full-length music performances.

Throughout the week, Kentucky’s Celtic craze continues with Celtic Woman specials, Riverdance, Celtic Crossroads, and Orla Fallon’s Celtic Christmas.

Celtic Woman wows audiences with another high-energy performance on Songs from the Heart, airing Tuesday, Nov. 30 at 8/7 p.m. CT on KET. Then the group’s holiday special, featuring their most beloved and memorable songs, airs Friday, Dec. 3 at 9/8 p.m. CT on KET2.

The Riverdance troupe brings their popular high-energy show to Beijing Wednesday, Dec. 1 at 8/7 p.m CT on KET2; Celtic Crossroads presents a fusion of musical genres including bluegrass, classical, jazz, and Celtic music Thursday, Dec. 2 at 9:30/8:30 p.m. CT on KET; and Orla Fallon of Celtic Woman fame performs classic Christmas songs Friday, Dec. 3 at 8/7 p.m. CT on KET2.

WinterPledge 2010

Support KET during WinterPledge and give a gift to Kentucky

Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2010

As the holidays approach, generous Kentuckians know that making a gift of support to KET is a way to ensure that all the people of the Commonwealth — no matter where they live or what their station in life — have access to the enlightening, inspiring, and educational programming and services available only through KET.

During WinterPledge, Nov. 27 through Dec. 5, KET offers special programming to thank you for your generous support — and to remind you that, without your donation, KET wouldn’t be able to provide the most accessible venue for others to explore Kentucky and the world.

Tickets to see Celtic Woman and other acts when they visit Kentucky in 2011 are available as thank-you gifts. Call 1-800-866-0366 or visit to pledge a contribution
to KET.

Don’t miss these special WinterPledge 2010 programs:

Carole King-James Taylor Live at the Troubadour
In November 2007, James Taylor and Carole King, joined by the same Los Angeles band that played with them when they first appeared at the Troubadour in 1971, reunited for six shows to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the legendary Los Angeles club.

KET: Monday, Nov. 29 at 8/7 pm CT
KET: Wednesday, Dec. 1 at 9:30/8:30 pm CT

Celtic Woman: The Greatest Journey-Holiday Special
This essential collection of Celtic Woman’s most beloved and memorable songs will give fans an opportunity to catch up on their phenomenal success. The program is a compilation of memorable highlights taken from Celtic Woman: Live, A New Journey: Live at Slane Castle, and A Christmas Celebration.

KET: Sunday, Nov. 28 at 8/7 pm CT
KET2: Friday, Dec. 3 at 9/8 pm CT
KET: Saturday, Dec. 4 at 8/7 pm CT

Aretha Franklin Presents: Soul Rewind (My Music)
A comprehensive collection of rare performances by legendary R&B performers of the classic 1960s-70s soul era. The ‘Queen of Soul’ herself, Aretha Franklin, presents this treasure trove of precious and vital footage.

KET2: Saturday, Nov. 27 at 10/9 pm CT
KET2: Sunday, Nov. 28 at 8/7 pm CT
KET2: Tuesday, Nov. 30 at 10/9 pm CT

Ed Sullivan’s Rock and Roll Classics-The 60s (My Music)
Presents classic song performances from 1963-1968 from the Ed Sullivan Show. From the Beatles’ American television debut to the Doors’ infamous one-time-only appearance to the Rolling Stones, Sly and the Family Stone, the Mamas and the Papas, and more.

KET2: Saturday, Nov. 27 at 7/6 pm CT
KET2: Tuesday, Nov. 30 at 8/7 pm CT
KET: Saturday, Dec. 4 at 10/9 pm CT

Magic Moments-The Best of ’50s Pop (My Music)
Mary Lou Metzker, Phyllis McGuire, Pat Boone, Debbie Reynolds, and Patti Page host a mix of new live performances and archival footage featuring a cavalcade of 1950s pop music legends. Performers include the McGuire Sisters (who reunite for the first time since 1967), the Lennon Sisters, the Chordettes, the Crew Cuts, the Four Lads, and more. Tribute montages also highlight the work of Dean Martin, Perry Como, Rosemary Clooney, and Johnny Ray.

KET: Saturday, Nov. 27 at 8/7 pm CT
KET2: Thursday, Dec. 2 at 9/8 pm CT

A Kentucky Treasure: The J.D. Crowe Story
Fellow musicians talk about the career and impact of J.D. Crowe, one of bluegrass music’s most accomplished and influential performers and bandleaders. Crowe, a Kentucky native who still calls Lexington home, was instrumental in the careers of Ricky Skaggs, Tony Rice, Keith Whitley and Jerry Douglas and was voted into the International Bluegrass Music Museum Hall of Fame in 2003.

KET: Wednesday, Dec. 1 at 8/7 pm CT

Thank you for watching these programs and many more during WinterPledge 2010 and for affirming with your gift that you value quality programming that sings, laughs, explores, and inspires.

Happy Thanksgiving

KET prepares for Turkey Day with cooking, family, history

Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2010

This week, three special programs prepare viewers for Thanksgiving by planning a traditional meal with all the trimmings, celebrating friends and family, and giving thanks through song.

First, award-winning television chef, cookbook author, and home-design expert Christy Rost plans a festive Thanksgiving dinner for family and friends in her holiday special, A Home for Christy Rost: Thanksgiving, airing tonight at 8/7 p.m. CT on KET2. Christy deftly weaves her cooking tips, seasonal recipes, table-setting ideas, and more into an exploration of the storied history and renovation of her new home, the 19th-century Colorado mountain estate known as “Swan’s Nest.” The program culminates with the unveiling of the finished home — a process two years in the making — and Christy and her husband, Randy, sharing a Thanksgiving feast with their guests.

Then, on Wednesday, Nov. 24 at 9/8 p.m. CT on KET2, discover how rabbit-hunting in Barren County taught a soft urbanite life lessons in the acclaimed KET production The Everlasting Stream. It tells the story of a high-profile Washington Post reporter who began taking hunting trips with his father-in-law and his hunting buddies — three rough-edged African-American country men who at first seemed to have nothing in common with the white city slicker. Little did he know that over the next two decades, these four men would change not only his opinions about hunting, but his feelings about the things that mattered most.

Finally, Burt Wolf: A Taste of Freedom examines why Thanksgiving, which originated in Colonial days, didn’t become a federal holiday until 1941; how the bald eagle won out over the turkey as our national bird; and what stuffing our founding fathers preferred. It airs Thursday, Nov. 25 at 10:30/9:30 p.m. CT on KET2.

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