Archive for October, 2012

Kentucky Collectibles premiere

Series premiere: Kentucky Collectibles explores value of and stories behind Kentuckians’ prized items

Friday, Oct. 19, 2012

Calling all treasure and Kentucky history lovers! Hosted by Dave Shuffett and Amy Hess, KET’s newest production Kentucky Collectibles tells Kentucky’s stories through prized items, whether heirloom or kitsch, that guests share with Shuffett and Hess. The hosts will also make side trips throughout Kentucky as they explore the world of antiques and collectibles at shops, boutiques and more.

Kentucky Collectibles premieres this Saturday, Oct. 20 at 4:30/3:30 pm and Sunday Oct. 21 at 6:30/5:30 pm on KET.

In the series premiere, expert appraisers examine several treasures, including an autographed Babe Ruth baseball, a Harpers Ferry pistol with Kentucky ties, and one person’s amazing snuff bottle collection.

In May, hundreds of people brought their treasures to KET’s Appraisal Fair. With cameras rolling, expert appraisers talked to participants about their possessions, assessing the value and history of items that included art, antique furniture, autographed baseballs, pottery and much more.

Ted Bassett

Ted Bassett: A Kentucky Gentleman explores fascinating life of Thoroughbred-industry legend

Monday, Oct. 15, 2012


Distinguished Kentuckian James Edward “Ted” Bassett III is best known for his stewardship of the Keeneland Association and the Thoroughbred industry. However, his work with the equine world is only part of his life story. Yale graduate, U.S. Marine, newsprint salesman, tobacco farmer, and director of the Kentucky State Police are just a few of the early chapters in his storied career.

Ted Bassett: A Kentucky Gentleman airs Monday, Oct. 15 at 9/8 pm on KET and Thursday, October 18 at 10/9 pm on KET2.

All of these experiences helped prepare Bassett for his most important challenge – taking over the reins at Keeneland in 1970, where he played a critical role in its ascendency as a premier Thoroughbred track and auction house. For the next 40 years, Bassett’s work in the Thoroughbred world, especially in the development of the Breeders’ Cup, would have a major impact on the industry and help form his reputation as the international ambassador for racing.

Ted Bassett: A Kentucky Gentleman takes an insiders’ look at the life and background of this unique Kentuckian. The film uses archival footage and photographs, many from Bassett’s personal scrapbooks and archives. Interviews with industry notables, trainers, and others complement Bassett’s own stories and reflections. Throughout it all, this biography looks at how Ted Bassett’s life experiences instilled in him a strong sense of service and tradition and the impact he has had on the community, the state, and the world.

Student Panel

High school students tackle politics before Vice Presidential Debate

Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012


What do today’s young people think about the upcoming election? A special edition of Education Matters, in partnership with Kentucky Youth Advocates, features a panel of Kentucky high school students discussing the election issues that matter most to them.

The program airs Thursday, Oct. 11 at 8/7 pm CT on KET immediately before the vice-presidential debate at Centre College in Danville, which begins at 9/8 pm CT on KET.

“Student Voices, Election 2012” features guest host Renee Shaw and six student panelists from Danville, Lexington, Louisville, and Olive Hill talking about topics that are important to them in this year’s election. The program also goes behind the scenes in Danville and at Centre to look at the activities and preparations that are taking place leading up to the debate.

Teachers can visit the Education Matters website at to access a packet of classroom materials on this year’s election. The classroom materials were developed by Kentucky Youth Advocates and education graduate students at Bellarmine University.

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