Politics is the name of the game

KET goes live to Fancy Farm on the air and online

For generations in this country, political speakings were a regular part of campaigning. Kentucky continues this tradition with the Fancy Farm Picnic at St. Jerome’s Catholic Church in Graves County, where the barbecue competes with the speeches, summertime heat and even hotter rhetoric.

Join Bill Goodman and Renee Shaw as they host live coverage from the annual Fancy Farm political event — including candidate speeches for the U.S. Senate and other statewide offices — in Fancy Farm 2014, beginning Saturday, Aug. 2 at 2:30/1:30 pm on KET.

Watch from your PC or on the go by going to KET.org/fancyfarm.

You can also get a recap of the day’s events in a special highlights edition of the speeches and commentary on Monday, Aug. 4 at 8/7 pm KET.

Historically, some of the nation’s most prominent politicians have addressed the crowds from the speakers stand, dating back to U.S. Vice President Alben W. Barkley, a native of the nearby town of Wheel, Ky.

Listen to Chuck Todd’s analysis of the hot senate race between Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes. Todd, the chief White House correspondent for NBC News, spoke with Goodman in an interview that will air Sunday at 1 pm/noon on One to One on KET.

See how Kentucky’s political correspondents analyzed the race in the July 25 edition of Comment on Kentucky. And don’t forget to watch tonight, Friday, Aug. 1 at 8/7 pm on KET for the Comment preview program airing live from Fancy Farm.

Summertime is creative time for teachers

KET makes a difference with annual Multimedia Day

Every day, KET’s resources, expertise, and materials enrich learning for students in Kentucky. One of the ways we do that is to provide training opportunities for teachers.

Our education consultants go into schools regularly, presenting educators with new ideas and digital learning materials they can use right away, like KET EncycloMedia, where teachers can easily access the digital resources of PBS LearningMedia, Discovery Education, and KET ED On Demand.

Plus, once a year, KET throws open its doors to provide teachers hands-on professional development with our Multimedia Day.

One of those teachers who have benefited from Multimedia Day is Kim Joiner-Johnson, a drama teacher at Louisville’s Noe Middle School.

“When I hear about new resources I think, ‘How can I use it?’” said Joiner-Johnson, who first became an English literature teacher before going back to school to teach drama.

“My goal is to add resources that integrate flawlessly so they’re not another chore to do but it enhances some programs that you already have.”

Listen as Kim talks about how KET helps her stay on the cutting edge. You can also read more stories of how KET makes a difference in the lives of not only teachers but Kentuckians from every corner of the state at MyStory.


The nominations are in!

KET programs receive nominations for Regional Emmys

Check out the some of the KET programs and segments recently nominated for 2014 Regional Emmy Awards.

Wendy Whelan

Each of these features focuses on an aspect of life that is uniquely the Commonwealth — country music destination Renfro Valley, Shelbyville’s Claudia Sanders Dinner House — or heralds the accomplishments of Kentuckians, such as Hollywood hunk Victor Mature or New York Ballet’s Wendy Whelan. And much more!

In addition to the playlist below, nominations also went to the Kentucky Muse program “Frank X. Walker: I Dedicate This Ride;” and Kentucky Life “An Art for Expression.”

Other nominations include News Quiz; Kentucky Life “Goin’ Country;” Kentucky Life “Flaget High School: The Great Spirit Lives On;” Jubilee Live “Festival of the Bluegrass 40th Anniversary;” and to Renee Shaw and Dave Shuffett as host/moderator of Connections with Renee Shaw and Kentucky Life, respectively.

Come to KET’s YouTube channel, or click below, to sample a playlist of some of these outstanding programs. And stay tuned for an announcement of the winners, coming soon!

Double Dan, Kentucky Life

Trent Altman, Kentucky Life

Camp Nelson Honor Guard, Kentucky Life

Artist Ken Swinson , Kentucky Life

Victor Mature, Louisville Life

Claudia Sanders Dinner House, Louisville Life

The Louisville Clock, Louisville Life

Iroquois Amphitheater, Louisville Life

Lexington’s Craft Beer Breweries, Kentucky Life

Country Girl at Heart B&B, Kentucky Life 

Songwriter Paul Gilley, Kentucky Life

Renfro Valley, Kentucky Life

Wendy Whelan: Moments of Grace,  Kentucky Muse


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