Forget crocodiles!

Meet the new star Down Under: Kangaroo Dundee!

He’s a man on a marsupial mission.

From his sanctuary in the bush outside Alice Springs, Chris “Brolga” Barnes cares for his orphan kangaroos, and spends months training and preparing them so that one day they can be released back into the wild.

Kangaroo Dundee — a new three-part series beginning Wednesday, June 3 at 8/7 pm on KET and Saturday, June 6 at 6/5 pm on KET2 — introduces the most recent additions to Brolga’s kangaroo family – orphan joeys Rex and Ruby.

Fragile at first, they must receive constant care from Brolga, from night feeds and toilet training, to learning to use a pillowcase as a pouch.

Over the weeks, the series follows their progress. Will they overcome the obstacles they face and one day be ready for release?

Living in a tin shack with no power, Brolga faces a sometimes lonely life, but, out in his sanctuary, he’s kept busy by his kangaroo clan.

They include Ella, a female who teaches Brolga the tricks of raising joeys.

And then there’s mob boss Roger — a ferocious adult male who takes trespassers on his turf extremely seriously.

From battling to save injured orphans, to taking on troublesome teenage wallabies, Kangaroo Dundee reveals the extraordinary lengths Brolga and his volunteers are prepared to go to in order to protect the creatures they love.




Join us in welcoming new ‘Comment’ host

We’re pleased to announce that veteran broadcaster and WKYT-TV/Lexington anchor Bill Bryant has been named permanent host of KET’s Comment on Kentucky. For more than 40 years, the series has brought together journalists to discuss the week’s top stories. Bryant, who has been serving as an interim host, succeeds Ferrell Wellman and originating host Al Smith.
“Bill’s enthusiasm, work ethic and knowledge of the subject matter he covers have long earned him a much-deserved reputation as one of our area’s most respected and trusted journalists,” said KET Executive Director and CEO Shae Hopkins. “As he has been doing in an interim role, Bill will continue keeping KET audiences well informed through in-depth analysis and discussion of the key news affecting our state each week.”

“I spend the week in a busy Kentucky newsroom keeping up with what’s going on, and then we gather some of the state’s best journalists to talk about what happened and where we may be headed,” said Bryant, who continues in his role as anchor and managing editor for the CBS affiliate station. “It’s an honor and a challenge to facilitate an informed discussion of news, timely issues and challenges facing the Commonwealth.”

A native of Williamsburg, Bryant attended the University of the Cumberlands before earning his degree in broadcasting and political science from Eastern Kentucky University. EKU has honored him by inducting him into the school’s “Hall of Distinguished Alumni.”

With more than 30 years of experience at WKYT, Bryant currently co-anchors morning and noon news programs for both WKYT and their partner station WDKY and serves as host of Kentucky Newsmakers.

Comment on Kentucky airs live Fridays at 8/7 pm on KET and encores Sundays at 12:30 pm/11:30 am. Live streaming and access to archived programs is available on our site.

It’s a party!

TeleFund features Motown reunion, Celtic Thunder, and more

Music lovers: Mark your calendars. This year’s KET TeleFund 2015 — which runs Feb. 28 through March 15 — includes a smorgasbord of great concert specials featuring a reunion of many of Motown’s biggest stars, vocal powerhouse Celtic Thunder, and a look back at some of your favorite get-up-and-dance ’50s and ’60s pop songs.

Kicking off TeleFund ’15 is Motown 25, a program that hasn’t been broadcast for more than two decades and which features performances commemorating the influential record label’s 25th anniversary. It airs Saturday, Feb. 28 at 8/7 pm on KET and Monday, March 2 at 9/8 pm on KET2.

The historic celebration includes Michael Jackson’s moonwalking performance of “Billie Jean,” Smokey Robinson’s long-awaited reunion with The Miracles, a Temptations/Four Tops battle of the bands, Marvin Gaye’s memorable performance of “What’s Going On,” a Jackson 5 reunion, and a reunion of Diana Ross & the Supremes, who perform their final #1 hit, “Someday We’ll Be Together” from 1969.

In the concert program Celtic Thunder Voyage, worldwide touring sensation Celtic Thunder, above, showcases its powerhouse vocals in traditional Irish and Celtic standards as well as modern favorites. It airs Monday, March 2 at 8/7 pm and Wednesday, March 4 at 8/7 pm on KET2. Plus, don’t miss your chance to see them perform live.

John Denver fans won’t want to miss an all-new documentary, John Denver: Country Boy, which explores the legendary singer’s enduring legacy. Learn about the private life and public legacy of the singer/songwriter through archival footage and interviews with those who knew him best. It premieres Sunday, March 1 at 6/5 pm on KET.

For Anglophiles, TeleFund serves up tantalizing season finales of hits The Great British Baking Show and Masterpiece’s “Downton Abbey” as well as a new Doc Martin behind-the-scenes special.

And for those hoping to make some positive lifestyle changes in 2015, KET offers sound financial advice from gurus Suze Orman, Ed Slott, more.

To make your contribution of support to KET during TeleFund, call (800) 866-0366 or donate online.


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