Archive for September, 2013

Happy 45th

KET celebrates 45 years

Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013

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KET founder O. Leonard Press and KET executive director Shae Hopkins

KET’s founding father, O. Leonard Press, didn’t set out to create the nation’s biggest statewide educational TV network. He originally worked to launch a local ETV station in Lexington.

“We couldn’t get the money,” laughed Mr. Press, “so we thought bigger and came up with the idea of a statewide network.”

That earliest inclination to think big, to innovate, to find efficiencies, became the DNA of KET.

Mr. Press spent the early years traveling the state, speaking to education, business, and political leaders about using television to provide equal access to education, overcoming geography and economic limitations.

On September 23, 1968 — 45 years ago today, his dream became a reality when KET signed on for its first broadcast. Back then, KET was only on air Monday through Friday during the day.

Today, KET is still helping Kentuckians overcome geographic and economic barriers to education.

And KET is still thinking big, providing educational media online and on three channels 24/7/365. We’re on every screen, from computers to smart phones, to tablets and the largest HDTVs — in your living room, classroom, and on the go.

While viewers enjoy Masterpiece’s “Downton Abbey” and Curious George, teachers and students utilize KET EncycloMedia for high-quality classroom instruction and professional development. Adults study online for their GED® test, and high school students learn physics, Latin, Mandarin Chinese, and more with our digital courses.

As KET celebrates 45 years of service this month, more than 1 million Kentuckians watch each week. We’re so grateful you’re one of them.

KET was created through the determination of Mr. Press and those who believed in his vision. It has grown and flourished for 45 years through the support of thousands of Kentuckians just like you.

Thank you for watching, believing in, and supporting KET.

Latino Americans

New series: PBS’s Latino Americans first film of its kind

Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013

KET imageTonight, a landmark program premieres on KET.

Latino Americans is a three-part, six-hour documentary featuring interviews with nearly 100 Latinos and a look through more than 500 years of history.

This is the first major documentary series for television to trace the rich history of the Latinos who have helped shape North America. Preview the series now.

Chronicling Latinos in the United States from the sixteenth century to present day, the series covers expansionism, Manifest Destiny, the Wild West, multiple wars, the rise of organized labor, the Great Depression, the post WWII boom, the Cold War, the Civil Rights movement, globalization, and the effects of technology.

Latino Americans features interviews with an array of individuals that you’re no doubt familiar with: Rita Moreno, the Puerto Rican star of West Side Story; labor leader and 2012 Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient Dolores Huerta; Cuban singer and entrepreneur Gloria Estefan; and so many more.

Latino Americans airs Tuesdays, Sept. 17-Oct. 1 at 8/7 pm on KET2 and Sundays, Sept. 22-Oct. 6 at 2/1 pm on KET.

Last Tango in Halifax

Celebratory tale of the power of love at any age

Friday, Sept. 6, 2013

Last Tango in HalifaxEnjoy an uplifting comedy-drama about romance and second chances in Last Tango in Halifax, the latest hit series to come out of Great Britain. The program begins Sunday, Sept. 8 at 8/7 pm on KET and Saturday, Sept. 14 at 8/7 pm on KET2.

Childhood sweethearts Alan (Derek Jacobi) and Celia (Anne Reid), both widowed and in their 70s, fall for each other all over again when they are reunited after nearly 60 years.

The celebratory tale of the power of love at any age is also a story about family — a family with baggage. Alan and Celia’s daughters, whose dysfunctional lives bring drama at every turn, would never dream of getting in the way of their parents’ happiness. But somehow they just can’t help themselves.

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