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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’.”

And the winners are …

KET productions win four 2014 Regional Emmy Awards

KET productions detailing the rich fabric of life in the Commonwealth have received four Regional Emmy Awards — the highest awards bestowed in the television industry!

KET Producer Tom Bickel was recognized for a program capturing the work of Kentucky writer and Affrilachian Poets founder Walker as he illuminates the life of 19th century African-American jockey Isaac Murphy with poetry and drama. Kentucky Muse: Frank X Walker: I Dedicate This Ride was honored in the Arts/Entertainment category. Watch it now!

KET’s Kelly Campbell was recognized for his piece on world-renowned horse trainers Dan James and Dan Steers of Nicholasville. They were featured in the Kentucky Life segment Double Dan Horsemanship. The Double Dans specialize in “liberty” acts — guiding the horses through their moves without a bridle or halter. Their performances include Roman riding, where the rider stands astride a pair of galloping horses, with one foot on each horse’s back. They also include fire routines and comedy shows. Watch it now!

Louisville Life producers Jayne McClew, Gary Pahler, and Angelic Phelps received Emmys for KET’s weekly series bringing to life the cultural scene of the state’s largest city. It won in the Nostalgia Program category and you can watch it here.

Tim Farmer received an Emmy in the Program Host/Moderator/Narrator category for his work as host of Kentucky Afield, the longest continuously running outdoor show in the nation. The program is produced by the Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife Resources and airs on KET and KET2. Watch now!

The Regional Emmys were given by the The Ohio Valley Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and includes 13 television markets from a four-state region, including parts of Ohio, West Virginia, Indiana, and Kentucky.

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.

 


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