Posts Tagged ‘Comment on Kentucky’

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.”

Federal Funding Update

Monday, Feb. 21, 2011

Dear Friends,

As you may be aware, on Saturday the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 1, which, among its cuts to the current year’s budget, eliminates federal funding for public broadcasting.

On behalf of the more than 1 million people who use KET services each week, I want to extend my sincere thanks and gratitude to all who contacted members of Congress and made their voices heard on this important issue. Our leaders greatly value the input they receive from their constituents.

H.R. 1 now moves on to the Senate, and debate will continue in the coming days and weeks. If you have not already done so, I encourage you to contact Senator McConnell and Senator Paul (viewers from other states click here), to let them know where you stand on federal funding for public broadcasting.

This elimination of funding will cut the federal deficit by less than 3 ten-thousandths of one percent, but it will dramatically alter KET’s service.

Federal funding for public broadcasting makes possible:

• Early childhood education programs like Sesame Street

• Innovative, efficient, and effective learning resources for students and teachers

• Unique local programs such as Kentucky Life, Comment on Kentucky, and Jubilee

• National programs from PBS, including Nova and Frontline

As Congress continues its debate, we urge you to continue letting your Representatives and Senators know what you think.

Thank you again for your continued support.

Shae Hopkins
KET Executive Director

Cast Your Vote

KET public affairs gears up for Election 2010

Friday, Oct. 27, 2010

KET continues the Commonwealth’s most extensive election coverage and analysis this Sunday with a 90-minute block of issue-related programming, beginning with Comment on Kentucky at 12:30 p.m./11:30 a.m. CT. At 1 p.m./noon CT, One to One with Bill Goodman and Connections with Renee Shaw examine the latest thoughts and analysis from pundits and opinion leaders on their election preview programs.

On the eve of Election Day, the state’s party leadership joins Kentucky Tonight to discuss final strategies and analysis. The program airs Monday, Nov. 1 at 8/7 p.m. CT on KET.

And, live Election Day coverage begins at 8/7 p.m. CT on KET on Election 2010: The Vote; returns begin at 7/6 p.m. CT during PBS NewsHour.

Visit to watch candidate videos from KET’s vast archives and share your comments.

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