KET recruits an all-star!

Welcome to Doug Flynn, new host of Kentucky Life

Doug Flynn, a former Major League Baseball player and Cincinnati Reds broadcaster, is the new host of our popular series Kentucky Life. He steps up to the plate when the series premieres its 21st season in November.

“We’re happy to have Doug bringing his enthusiasm and love for Kentucky to the series,” said KET executive director Shae Hopkins. “He’s a natural storyteller that we think viewers will appreciate and enjoy.”

Doug himself is looking forward to joining KET.

“As host, it will be an honor and privilege to carry on this rich tradition of sharing our state’s proud history, geographic diversity, and natural beauty with my fellow Kentuckians,” he said.

During his 11-year career in baseball, Doug won two World Championships with the Reds and a Gold Glove award at second base for the New York Mets.

Born and raised in Lexington, Doug currently resides there with his wife, Olga. He is a banking officer with Central Bank & Trust and is involved with numerous civic and charitable organizations, including Hope for the Warriors and the American Association for the Prevention of Substance Abuse in Athletics.

A graduate of Somerset Community College, Doug has been inducted into the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame.

Kentucky Life is one KET’s most popular local programs and is overseen by series producer Brandon Wickey and executive producers Mike Brower and Craig Cornwell. The series has been in production since 1995. Doug is the series’s third host; former Kentucky Life hosts are Dave Shuffett and Byron Crawford.

Savor the beauty

New documentary goes inside London’s National Gallery

Founded in 1824 and located on Trafalgar Square, the National Gallery houses works by some of the most famous and revered artists in European history — Vincent Van Gogh, Paul Cézanne, Monet, Thomas Gainsborough, Michelangelo, Johannes Vermeer. The list goes on and on.

Portrait of a Woman of the Hofer Family, about 1470

In his latest film, award-winning documentarian Frederick Wiseman (Titicut Follies, Law and Order, At Berkeley) turns his lens on the National Gallery, capturing in fascinating detail the paintings and patrons, the artists and administrators who keep the institution going. National Gallery premieres Friday, August 21 at 10/9 pm on KET.

The San Pier Maggiore Altarpiece 1370-1371, Jacopo di Cione

The London museum, one of the world’s foremost art institutions, is itself portrayed as a brilliant work of art. Docents decode the great canvases of Da Vinci, Rembrandt, and Turner while restorers use magnifying glasses, tiny eye-droppers, scalpels, and Q-tips to repair an infinitesimal chip.



In the program, you’ll attend administrative meetings in which senior executives do (polite) battle with younger ones who want the museum to become less stodgy and more welcoming to a larger cross-section of the public.



But most of all, National Gallery details the joy of spending time with the aforementioned masters as well as Caravaggio, Titian and Velazquez, Pissarro, and Rubens, and listens to the connoisseurs who discuss the aesthetic, historical, religious, and psychological underpinnings of these great masterpieces.



Watch a preview now of National Gallery and learn more at the website.


NATIONAL GALLERY trailer from Zipporah Films on Vimeo.





Christina of Denmark, Duchess of Milan, 1538, Hans Holbein the Younger

© 2014 Gallery Film LLC & Ideale Audience
Photos provided courtesy of Zipporah Films

A Formal Education

Businessman-turned-advocate champions education

Louisville’s Sam Corbett is a problem solver. A former executive, finding creative solutions is a must when your formalwear business revolves around immovable deadlines like wedding dates and proms.

Sam Corbett

When he decided to leave his family business, Sam Meyers Formalwear, he followed a yen that had been building in him for years: to continue his involvement in education, where he’d served on the Jefferson County Public Schools board, on the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence, and with the University of Louisville.

“I left the business at the end of 2011. It was the only thing I’d done since I was 15 years old,” said Corbett, whose defining feature is the energy he brings to whatever task is at hand.

“I spent 21 years in the tuxedo business and there was something that was just pulling on me,” said Corbett, whose grandfather founded Sam Meyers in 1905.

“There was a part of me that said, ‘I want to try something else.’ And I knew that I would end up doing something that was related to education, because I had spent a lot of time as a volunteer.”

His first taste was through a school/business partnership Sam Meyers had with the Youth Performing Arts School in Louisville — a natural fit, he said, given the formal nature of orchestra attire.

“That’s how I became exposed to leadership in education,” he remembered — and it lit a fire. Next he threw his hat into the ring to be considered for an unexpired school board seat in Jefferson County in the early 1990s. He went on to run and sat on the board for eight years.

“It was the best experience I ever had — and it’s the hardest job in the United States,” he laughed. “You don’t get paid, it’s a full-time job, and someone is always upset.”

KET is one of the few vehicles, from a statewide perspective, that you can hear viewpoints and ideas related to education.

That experience, which he calls “the purest form of public service,” galvanized him to make a difference to public schools, where he is particularly gripped by its mission to serve all students.

“Two of my three children went to public school, and I think the great part about public education is that your child is sitting in the classroom with kids where some are like them and some are totally unlike them,” he said. “And the city today has become so diverse! Something like 100-plus languages are spoken, and it’s really become a kind of melting pot.”

Today, Corbett is executive director of the Jefferson County Public Education Foundation, a non-profit organization that exists to create, strengthen, and connect the dots between needs in the public schools and the businesses and individuals who want to help them.

“There are a lot of caring, concerned people who are willing to help,” he said. “So the challenge is, how do we find ways to get them engaged — through their business, their church, their clubs. There is a lot of expertise we could tap into.”

That idea man, forged in formalwear, now comes to the fore in his new ventures.

“I think I’m very creative in solving problems. I try to take the skillset that I used for many years and try to do the same thing as it relates to public education. You can’t run schools like you run a business, but there are principles that are applicable.”

Corbett’s ideas, and his deep understanding of the issues, are enhanced by his attentive viewing of KET’s public affairs and educational issue programs — such as Kentucky Tonight and Education Matters.

“KET is one of the few vehicles, from a statewide perspective, that you can hear viewpoints and ideas related to education,” he said.

“Just this week [on Kentucky Tonight], the panel included the co-chairs of the House Education Committee, the new executive director for the Prichard Committee, and education analyst for the Bluegrass Institute for Public Policy Solutions. So there’s a great opportunity right there.

“What other opportunity is there,” he added, “other than KET, to get that kind of statewide perspective of what’s happening related to education?”

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