Archive for November, 2013

WinterPledge begins!

WinterPledge 2013 kicks off with Barbra Streisand

Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013

WPDuring WinterPledge 2013, Nov. 29 through Dec. 8, viewers have the opportunity to help KET carry out its mission of guiding all Kentuckians on an exciting and fulfilling journey through life to explore Kentucky and the world.

You may call 1-800-866-0366 or go online at to make a donation.


Program highlights

Return to Downton Abbey features moments from the first three seasons and tantalizing previews of season four, which premieres Jan. 5, 2014. Hosted by Susan Sarandon, the program premieres Sunday, Dec. 1 at 9/8 p.m. on KET and Friday, Dec. 6 at 9:30/8:30 p.m. on KET2.

The popular series Doc Martin, which returns with a new season in February 2014, is featured in Doc Martin: Revealed. The program showcases behind-the-scenes footage from the upcoming season, shot in Port Isaac in England. It airs Thursday, Dec. 5 at 9/8 p.m. on KET and Saturday, Dec. 7 at 9/8 p.m. on KET2.

Also during WinterPledge 2013 is a special edition of Kentucky Collectibles. It airs Saturday, Nov. 30 at 5/4 p.m. and Thursday, Dec. 5 at 8/7 p.m. on KET and Monday, Dec. 2 at 8/7 p.m. on KET2. Tickets for next year’s appraisal fair will be offered during these broadcasts.

Musical performances for all ages and musical tastes

On the new Burt Bacharach’s Best, Dionne Warwick, Tom Jones and more perform Bacharach songs in clips from the 1960s and 70s. It airs Saturday, Nov. 30 at 9:30/8:30 p.m. and Friday, Dec. 6 at 9/8 p.m. on KET and Saturday, Dec. 7 at 7:30/6:30 p.m. on KET2.

The internationally known Celtic Woman returns to KET’s WinterPledge with a new holiday program, Celtic Woman: Home for Christmas. It airs Saturday, Nov. 30 at 8/7 p.m. and Tuesday, Dec. 3 at 8/7 p.m. on KET and Thursday, Dec. 5 at 8/7 p.m. on KET2.

In addition, Barbra Streisand makes a historic homecoming at the new Barclays Center arena on Great Performances’ Barbra Streisand: Back to Brooklyn. The program marks the superstar’s first Brooklyn concert since her childhood years. It airs Friday, Nov. 29 at 9/8 p.m. on KET.

Ticketed events

Viewers who make a donation may request, as a thank-you gift, tickets to concerts in Kentucky. Ticketed events include:

-Celtic Woman Holiday Concert: Saturday, Dec. 21 at River Park Center, Owensboro
-Sid The Science Kid: Saturday, Jan. 25 at EKU Center for the Arts, Richmond
-The Tenors: Sunday, Feb. 9 at Kentucky Center for the Arts, Louisville
-Celtic Woman: Tuesday, March 11 at EKU Center for the Arts, Richmond
-Joe Bonamassa: Friday, April 25 at Rupp Arena, Lexington
-Kentucky Collectibles appraisal fair: Summer 2014

Everyday Learning Collaborative

New Everyday Learning Collaborative will impact more than 100,000 Kentucky children and families

Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013

Everyday Learning Collaborative announcement

EverydayLearning logo_mdThe Everyday Learning Collaborative has received more than $1.14 million in grants from the James Graham Brown Foundation and the PNC Foundation. This new partnership among KET, the National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) and Metro United Way will provide unique and effective resources for early childhood educators and families throughout Kentucky.

The announcement was made this morning at Louisville Central Community Center’s Mini-Versity Child Development Center.

The James Graham Brown Foundation’s grant of $818,775 is the second-largest private gift in KET’s history. As part of its Grow Up Great initiative, the PNC Foundation invested an additional $325,000, following a $150,000 grant in 2010 that helped launch KET’s Everyday Science for Preschoolers prototype.

With these grants, KET will create an expansive collection of Everyday Learning videos, interactives and classroom activities. These will be distributed free online for use by early childhood educators and families. Curriculum toolkits for educators, conveniently organized in binders, will offer lesson plans and training materials.

More than 1,000 early childhood educators statewide will receive free, hands-on training with these materials from KET, NCFL and Metro United Way that will impact an estimated 28,000 children and families during the grant project period. With ongoing curriculum development and online training, it is expected that more than 100,000 Kentucky children and families will be impacted by the project over the next seven years. A particular focus will be to serve low-income children, where need is often high and resources are limited.

The Everyday Learning Collaborative aims to increase early childhood educator effectiveness and family engagement to help improve school readiness in science, math, social studies, health and the arts.

There is an urgent need to prepare Kentucky’s children with skills necessary for success in today’s global economy, which begins with preparing them for kindergarten. However, according to pilot data released by the Kentucky Department of Education, only 28 percent of incoming kindergarten students in Kentucky were ready to succeed without additional support.

This initiative expands upon the hundreds of hours of educational preschool content on television and online, like Sesame Street, that KET provides to Kentucky homes and childcare centers.

Top Buildings Announced

Did your favorite buildings make the cut?

Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013

Contest LogosTo celebrate the 50th anniversary of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Kentucky, KET and AIA Kentucky embarked on an ambitious seven-month statewide effort to explore the impact that Kentucky’s rich architecture has on how Kentuckians live, work and play.

The results of the two competitions – “The Best Kentucky Buildings” and “Ten Buildings That Changed Louisville” - were announced on Thursday, Nov. 21 at a celebration in Louisville.

The winners are as follows (drum roll, please!):

Ten Buildings That Changed Louisville winners:
Actors Theatre of Louisville
American Life & Accident Insurance Company Building
Ballet Building
Bowman Field Terminal
Humana Building
Levy Brothers
Louisville Water Tower and River Road Pumping Station
Seelbach Hotel
21c Museum Hotel
United States Marine Hospital

The Best Kentucky Buildings winners:
St. Mary’s Cathedral Basilica, Covington
The Ascent at Roebling’s Bridge, Covington
The Louisville Palace, Louisville
Jacobs Hall Museum, Danville
Old State Capitol, Frankfort
NKU Student Union, Highland Heights
Twin Spires of Churchill Downs, Louisville
Federal Hill (My Old Kentucky Home), Bardstown
Calumet Farm, Lexington
Jesse R. Zeigler House, Frankfort

Event sponsors include: University of Louisville, Nucleus, GBBN Architects, LG&E and KU, Publishers Press, Hines and Louisville Trophy, LLC, Humana, and KET.

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