Archive for December, 2013

Holidays are Here!

Exciting concerts, specials and children’s programs highlight KET’s 2013 holiday programming

Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013

Holiday2013 | KET imageNational Christmas Tree Lighting 2013 airs Tuesday, Dec. 17 at 9/8 pm on KET2. The program includes appearances and performances by some of the most recognizable names in entertainment, followed by the 91st annual lighting of the national Christmas tree.

Highlights are below, and a complete listing is available here.

Downton Abbey’s Hugh Bonneville stars in Mr. Stink, a family special with a nose-clenching twist. Chloe sees Mr. Stink every day, but she’s never spoken to him, which isn’t surprising, because he’s a tramp — and he stinks. But before she knows it, Chloe has an unusual friend hiding in her garden shed when it seems Mr. Stink and his stinky dog, Duchess, might be driven out of town. Mr. Stink airs Sunday, Dec. 22 at 8/7 pm on KET and Wednesday, Dec. 25 at 3/2 pm on KET2.

Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir airs Tuesday, Dec. 10 at 8/7 pm on KET2 and Tuesday, Dec. 24 at 9/8 pm on KET. Renowned TV personality Tom Brokaw and Tony Award-winning Les Misérables tenor Alfie Boe join for a concert of holiday favorites.

Kentucky programming is also celebrating the holidays this season. The concert choir and chamber singers of Murray State University perform seasonal tunes in The Holidays at Murray State on Sunday, Dec. 22 at 2/1 pm on KET and Tuesday, Dec. 24 at 8/7 pm on KET2.

In an encore presentation of a Kentucky Life holiday program airing Saturday, Dec. 21 at 8/7 pm on KET, host Dave Shuffett and the Kentucky Life crew visit KaLightoscope Christmas at the Galt House in Louisville, the annual Cave Sing at Mammoth Cave National Park, the Nativity Display at Maysville’s Trinity Lutheran Church, and an “Our Town” segment visit to the seasonally appropriate town of Berry in Harrison County.

KET’s children’s programming also joins in the holiday cheer with Shalom Sesame – Chanukah: The Missing Menorah on Sunday, Dec. 1 at 9/8 am on KET. In this program, it’s time to celebrate Chanukah in Israel. The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About Christmas! finds the Cat in the Hat, Nick, and Sally on a journey around the world to help a lost reindeer find his way home for Christmas. The program airs Wednesday, Nov. 27 at 8:30/7:30 am and Tuesday, Dec. 24 at 8:30/7:30 am on KET. Also, onArthur’s Perfect Christmas, the residents of Elwood City get ready for Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanzaa and “Baxter Day.” The program airs Wednesday, Dec. 25 at 7/6 am on KET.

SOAR Summit

KET to broadcast and stream special, live coverage of SOAR Summit

Friday, Dec. 6, 2013

SOAR_Every Kentuckian will be able to access “SOAR: Shaping Our Appalachian Region” Summit, as KET broadcasts and streams live coverage of the Pikeville event to audiences statewide and worldwide.

Live coverage of the SOAR Summit airs on KETKY and at, beginning in the morning on Monday, Dec. 9, continuing with speeches and discussions from the main auditorium throughout the day.

That evening, KET presents a one-hour program with highlights from the Summit. Shaping Our Appalachian Region: SOAR Summit airs Monday, Dec. 9 at 8/7 p.m. on KET and at The program, hosted by Renee Shaw and Bill Goodman, includes excerpts from the SOAR Summit and a discussion with Gov. Steve Beshear and U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers.

Kentuckians watching KET are encouraged to participate in SOAR by following the latest updates through social media: “Like” the official SOAR Facebook page at and follow SOAR on Twitter @SOAR_EKY, using the hashtags #SOAR and #SOARSummit.

In October, Gov. Beshear, U.S. Rep. Rogers, Senate President Robert Stivers, House Speaker Greg Stumbo, and other leaders announced plans for the Summit, which will be focused on discussing the future success of southern and eastern Kentucky.

The event, which is free to the public, is open to those willing to share new ideas and recommendations about how to move the Kentucky’s Appalachian region forward. The Rural Policy Research Institute (RUPRI), a national policy institute dedicated fostering solutions to the challenges facing rural regions, will facilitate discussions at the event, and other national agencies supporting the SOAR effort include the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development and the Appalachian Regional Commission.

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