Archive for February, 2014

TeleFund: March 1-16

TeleFund is your opportunity to support the best!

Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014

Celtic Woman | KET image

Like Burt Bacharach’s mega hit “That’s What Friends Are For,” KET is a lifelong friend, delivering high quality, engaging educational and entertaining programs all year long.

Now, during our annual fundraising event, you can ensure that we continue to carry out our mission by making your donation. Like all great friendships, it takes shared commitment to make it work. Now is your opportunity to support the institution and programs that you value.

In addition to Burt Bacharach’s Best, which features Dionne Warwick, Tom Jones and more artists performing hits from the 1960s and ‘70s, TeleFund 2014 showcases a wealth of programs that transport you to a bygone era, filled with the music you grew up on. Magic Moments: Best of 50s Pop – along with programs featuring the music of the 1960s – lights up the screen, giving you a front-row seat at memorable performances.

Once again you can experience the magic of Celtic Woman in the all-new Emerald, kicking off TeleFund on Saturday, March 1 at 8/7 pm. Celebrate Ireland and Celtic heritage in these traditional anthems, pop standards, and original music.

Also during TeleFund, stretch your wings with informative programs designed to help you achieve your goals. Use Your Brain to Change Your Age with Dr. Daniel Amen outlines simple steps that may help you live longer, look younger, and decrease your risk for Alzheimer’s disease. Easy Yoga for Easing Pain demonstrates how yoga may effectively alleviate painful joints.

Make your decision now to continue KET’s mission by calling (800) 866-0366 or going online at Your friends are waiting!

Ferrell Wellman Retires

Comment on Kentucky host announces his retirement

Friday, Feb. 21, 2014

Ferrell Wellman | KET imageTonight veteran broadcaster, educator and Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame member Ferrell Wellman will announce his retirement from hosting Comment on Kentucky, KET’s longest-running public affairs program. You can watch at 8/7 pm on KET or online at Wellman was named host of the program in 2008.

“Over the last few months, I had been considering when would be a good time to leave the moderator’s chair,” Wellman said. “I’m a firm believer in leaving a position a little too early rather than a little late.”

Wellman cited a recent knee injury and the need to be away from the program for an extended time while he goes through the rehabilitation process as influencing the timing of his decision.

“Ferrell has continued Comment’s tradition of insightful and independent analysis admirably, always displaying the utmost integrity, professionalism and keen understanding of the news stories most greatly impacting our Commonwealth each week,” said Shae Hopkins, KET CEO and executive director. “He will be greatly missed, and the entire KET family wishes him a speedy recovery and all the best.”

Another veteran broadcaster, Bill Bryant, anchor/managing editor at WKYT in Lexington and host of Kentucky Newsmakers, is currently filling in as interim host.

A native of Pikeville, Wellman earned a bachelor’s degree in broadcasting from Eastern Kentucky University and a master’s in journalism and mass communication from the University of South Carolina.

Most of Wellman’s reporting career was spent with WAVE-TV in Louisville, where he was its Frankfort reporter for more than 16 years. He also taught broadcasting at Eastern Kentucky University. In addition, in 2013 Wellman was inducted into the Kentucky Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame and received the Kentucky MIC award, the organization’s most prestigious honor.

“I am thankful to the management at KET for the opportunity to host the program and for their support,” Wellman said. “I would also like to thank all of the journalists who appeared on the program for being willing to share their expertise and insight. And most of all, thanks to the loyal viewers for their support.”

Doc Martin Returns!

The brash and brilliant physician is back in eight new episodes

Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014

Doc Martin | KET image

Cultures clash and the sparks fly as the sixth season of the popular comedy Doc Martin returns with eight new programs. Tune in Thursdays beginning Feb. 6 at 9/8 pm on KET and Fridays beginning Feb. 7 at 8/7 pm on KET2.

Mixing elements of classic British sitcoms with sharp medical drama and a quirky, lovable cast of characters, Doc Martin is as popular here in the states as it is across the pond.

At the end of the last season, Martin and Louisa’s baby, James Henry, was kidnapped by a well-meaning but deranged pharmacist named Mrs. Tishell. The nightmare brought the couple closer together and prompted a marriage proposal from Martin to Louisa for a second time.

As the new season gets under way, the town is buzzing with arrangements for the wedding. As the series unfolds, Aunt Ruth moves into the village, Burt cooks up another money-making scheme, and Morwenna tries Internet dating with surprising results. Martin continues to deal with the strange and quirky personalities of Portwenn and attempts to adjust to his new life with Louisa and James.

As you’ll see, despite his best efforts, though, Doc Martin continues to find trouble.


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