Posts Tagged ‘Kentucky’

’Tis the season!

New specials, old favorites help make your holidays bright

Christmas on the Danube
KET2 Friday, Dec. 16 • 6:30/5:30 pm
KET2 Saturday, Dec. 24 • 1 pm/noon

The cities of the Danube are particularly spectacular at Christmas. Follow the river from Budapest, Hungary, to Passau, Germany, to learn these cities’ histories, see their major sights, and visit their Christmas Markets.

Mr. Stink
KET2 Sunday, Dec. 18 • 6/5 pm
KET2 Sunday, Dec. 25 • 10/9 am
A girl befriends an unusual tramp and learns that there is more to him than meets the eye — or nose. Based on David Williams’ bestselling book.

Happy Holidays with the Boston Pops
KET2 Sunday, Dec. 18 • 9/8 pm
KET Saturday, Dec. 24 • 9/8 pm

Celebrate the New England holiday season with the Boston Pops and Tanglewood Festival Chorus, which includes performances by bass-baritone Justin Hopkins and country star Sara Evans. Also featured is Broadway, film, and TV star Robert Morse — Mad Men’s Bert Cooper — who demonstrated his song-and-dance chops in his unforgettable exit from the series in 2015.

Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir
KET Monday, Dec. 19 • 9/8 pm

Broadway star Laura Osnes and acclaimed British screen and voice actor Martin Jarvis join the choir and orchestra at Temple Square for an unforgettable Christmas concert. Metropolitan Opera soloists join the award-winning all-volunteer choir, made up of 360 men and women, and its 150-member orchestra.

A Chef’s Life Holiday Special
KET2 Tuesday, Dec. 20 • 7/6 pm
KET Saturday, Dec. 24 • 2/1 pm

Chef Vivian Howard serves up the best of her Southern cooking heritage and the Chanukah traditions her husband Ben grew up with. Sample simple corned ham, an upscale oyster dressing, humble Hoppin’ John, and an elegant red velvet cake for a charming and delicious holiday special.

Jordan Smith ’Tis the Season
KET Saturday, Dec. 24 • 8/7 pm

Kentucky’s own Jordan Smith skyrocketed to national fame by winning The Voice competition in 2015 — and becoming its biggest selling artist to date. Now, join the pride of Harlan in his own holiday special featuring music from his new Christmas album, ’Tis the Season, with special guest David Foster.

Joshua Bell Presents Musical Gifts
KET2 Wednesday, Dec. 21 • 10/9 pm

The world-renowned violinist performs an intimate holiday concert in his Manhattan residence featuring “An Old-Fashioned Christmas” with opera star Renee Fleming, “The Secret of Christmas” with Michael Feinstein, “Silent Night” by the Young People’s Chorus of New York, and more.

Holidays at Murray State 2016
KET Saturday, Dec. 24 • 10/9 pm

The Murray State University Concert Choir, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Orchestra, and featured soloists highlight this annual holiday special.

Christmas at Belmont
KET Saturday, Dec. 24 • 11/10 pm

Join host Kathy Mattea and nearly 700 student musicians, Belmont School of Music faculty, and Nashville Children’s Choir for traditional carols, classical masterworks, world music, and lighthearted seasonal favorites.

Christmas in Norway with the St. Olaf Choir
KET Saturday, Dec. 24 • midnight/11 pm

This concert pairs the acclaimed mixed-voice choir from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn., with the Nidaros Cathedral Girl Choir. The program was recorded in one of the oldest gothic cathedrals in the world, and its stunning acoustics complement the distinctive style of a capella singing for which the St. Olaf Choir is well known.

Rick Steves Special: European Christmas
KET Sunday, Dec. 25 • noon/11 am

From manger scenes and mistletoe to wintry wonderlands, Rick celebrates the Christmas season in England, France, Norway, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and Italy to reveal their customs and practices of the holiday season.

The good life

Doug Flynn opens new season of ‘Kentucky Life’ as host

“I’m from Kentucky, I love Kentucky, and I’ve never left Kentucky,” said Doug Flynn, the new host of Kentucky Life, which begins its new season Saturday, Nov. 14 at 8/7 pm on KET.

And it seems the name of the Bluegrass State is never far from the lips of the former major leaguer who played for the Reds and the Mets — and who today thinks catching fish is much more important than catching fly balls.

“I love the outdoors and I love to fish — I take it pretty seriously,” he said. He also takes his love for the state seriously, too, so much so that, when out-of-staters think there’s not much more to Kentucky than the Derby, he’s quick to correct them.

“I love to tell them there’s so much more. There’s all the wonderful history, the great statesmen that we’ve had, all the wonderful places full of natural beauty, and the greatest park system in the country.”

The first program opens with outdoors enthusiast Flynn in an enjoyable trip down the Kentucky River, where the locks have recently been reopened to river traffic. He’ll be speeding along at 70 miles per hour, a little too fast for him to enjoy that favorite hobby.

The opener also features Kentucky military veterans and a spooky trip through the “haunted” mansions of Old Louisville, which will extend through this season.

As a lifelong Kentuckian, Flynn believes that if you live in this state and say you love it, you need to know something about it.

“The history here, there is so much of it!” he said. “I have been impressed, in the short time I’ve been associated with KET, just how much history that I don’t know. But I’m proud of my state and I want to share it.”

Doug looks forward to telling the stories of extraordinary Kentuckians and meeting Kentucky Life fans while on the road.

“When I’m traveling, I like to stop off at small stores, sit down and relax, and get to know people. I hope to bring just a little different twist to the show — it’ll be the same things through different eyes,” he said.

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Watch the video below of Doug talking about his new job as host on One to One with Bill Goodman.

The envelope please …

KET productions and programs receive three Emmys

KET programs — including the long-running instructional current events series News Quiz — received three Regional Emmy Awards at the 51st Ohio Valley Regional Emmy Awards ceremony Saturday at Keeneland in Lexington.

The winning News Quiz, episode, which received an Emmy in the informational/instructional program category, featured stories on President Obama’s meetings with China on reducing greenhouse gases, the Rosetta Mission comet landing, and a prototype hoverboard. The series is produced by Brandon Wickey.

KET’s A History of Kentucky in 25 Objects, produced and written by Barry Bernson, received an Emmy in the writer-program category. The film tells more than 1,000 years of history, through Bill Monroe’s mandolin, Col. Harland Sanders’ original pressure cooker, and more.

Amy Hess, host of KET’s Kentucky Collectibles and a contributing producer for Kentucky Life, received a program-hosting Emmy for her hosting roles with KET as well as her Beloved Productions program The Local Traveler, which airs on other Kentucky media outlets.

Longtime broadcaster and former Comment on Kentucky host Ferrell Wellman was inducted into the chapter’s Silver Circle, which recognizes professionals who have made an enduring contribution to the vitality of the television industry and set standards of achievement. Wellman was capital bureau chief for WAVE-TV in Louisville for 18 years and taught broadcasting at Eastern Kentucky University.

“KET’s talented staff allows us to continue our mission of bringing only the highest quality, engaging educational programming into homes, classrooms, and communities throughout Kentucky,” noted KET Executive Director Shae Hopkins.

The Ohio Valley Region includes 13 television markets from a four-state region, including parts of Ohio, West Virginia, Indiana, and Kentucky.


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