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A fond farewell to Dave

‘Kentucky Life’ host hangs up his hat — and walking stick

After 15 years, KET and Kentucky Life are saying good-bye to its longtime host, and his pooch pals. Dave Shuffett has announced his retirement.

“My 22 years in state government and 15 years at KET have afforded me wonderful opportunities,” Dave tells his viewers. “I’ve seen the beauty of the commonwealth and met the people who make our state such a special place.”

Since 1999, Dave has traveled the state for KET’s Saturday-night staple, where in any week you can experience stories that run the gamut from moonbows and mountain music to the Civil War and sheep shearing. He’s also hosted, with Amy Hess, KET’s Kentucky Collectibles since it premiered in 2012.

Dave will continue to be on the air this fall as Kentucky Life begins its 20th season Saturday, Oct. 4 at 8/7 pm on KET.

As loyal Kentucky Life viewers know, Dave hails from Greensburg along the Green River, a place he’s revisited often in stories through the years. He’s a graduate of Murray State University, where he majored in communications. From there he spent six seasons as host and producer of Kentucky Afield, the state’s longest running series, produced by the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife and airing on KET.

In 1994, Dave was selected by the League of Kentucky Sportsmen and the Kentucky Wildlife Federation as its Kentucky Conservation Communicator of the Year. Dave’s work has attracted numerous other awards too, including preservation and conservation awards, and regional Emmy nominations as a KET host.

In 1995, he went on to pursue his own television series and production company, Outdoors with Dave Shuffett, where Dave brought his enthusiasm for the wonders of nature to a national audience.

Any mention of Dave would be remiss without talking about his canine companions, which brought animal lovers throughout the state a lot of joy as his loyal sidekicks. Most recently, golden retriever Toby was by his side. Sadie, an adopted border collie, traveled with Shuffett for thousands of miles on the program until she passed away at age 15. Charlie, another golden, was top dog for several seasons.

“Dave has tirelessly traveled from one end of Kentucky to the other, and everywhere in between, to bring viewers many of the wonderful and unique people, places, and stories that make Kentucky so special,” said Shae Hopkins, KET executive director. “Dave will be greatly missed.”

We know you’ll miss Dave too — and join us in wishing him all the best in his retirement. But he’ll be with us on the air throughout this season — and for years to come in encore presentations of his friendly, enthusiastic take on our Kentucky life.

So what adventure awaits Dave next? He says, “I plan to pursue some other writing and media projects … and catch up on chores! The homestead is fallin’ apart. The fence needs paintin’, the house needs stainin’, the stalls need fixin’ and the horses need ridin’.”

Kentucky Collectibles!

The show about Kentucky’s treasures returns for second season

Friday, Oct. 18, 2013

Kentucky Collectibles | KET imageKET’s Kentucky Collectibles, hosted by Dave Shuffett and Amy Hess, premieres its second season of sharing Kentucky’s culture through the stories of Kentuckians and their prized possessions. Throughout the season, the hosts will also make trips to explore the world of antiques and collectibles.

Kentucky Collectibles premieres Sunday, Oct. 20 at 3:30/2:30 p.m. on KET and Monday Oct. 21 at 9/8 p.m. on KET2.

In the season premiere, expert appraisers examine treasures including folk art phonograph dancers, a Tiffany Kentucky racing trophy and a book with a connection to one of Kentucky’s beloved historians.

You can watch season one of Kentucky Collectibles online!

New to this season are “how to” features with experts from the well-known Garth’s Auctions in Delaware, Ohio. These segments, targeted to both new collectors and those with years of experience, will focus on getting started in antique collecting, properly storing items, the effect the Internet has had on collecting, some dangers of buying items online, what’s trendy right now, and more.

This season also includes a look at items from the Kentucky State Treasury’s unclaimed property division and an exploration of the unbelievable guitar collection of Kentucky HeadHunters member Greg Martin.

2013 Commonwealth Cleanup

Join Dave Shuffett in his biggest challenge ever

Wednesday, March 20, 2013


Kentucky Life fans have seen Dave Shuffett try all kinds of activities as part of his “Dave Does It” segment: clean up after penguins, try his hand at ballroom dancing, zipline across treetops, and more. He always has a blast with these, and now it’s your turn to be part of the action to work toward making sure we keep our state beautiful.

On Saturday, March 23, Dave will travel to Dale Hollow Lake in Burkesville as part of the 15th annual Commonwealth Cleanup going on this week and managed by the Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection’s Division of Waste Management.

Easily get involved in your community

Dave is asking everyone in the state to join him. It’s your chance to get involved and make a difference for your community—a “Kentucky Does It” at its best.

If you want to volunteer for an event in your area or create your own event, go to the Division of Waste Management site to see a list of events by county.

Then, if you haven’t already, go to Kentucky Life’s Facebook page and “like” it, then post on the wall what you’re doing to help clean up our Commonwealth! Check in with Kentucky Life’s Facebook page all day Saturday to see what kind of cleanup Dave is getting into at Dale Hollow Lake!

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