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KET recruits an all-star!

Welcome to Doug Flynn, new host of Kentucky Life

Doug Flynn, a former Major League Baseball player and Cincinnati Reds broadcaster, is the new host of our popular series Kentucky Life. He steps up to the plate when the series premieres its 21st season in November.

“We’re happy to have Doug bringing his enthusiasm and love for Kentucky to the series,” said KET executive director Shae Hopkins. “He’s a natural storyteller that we think viewers will appreciate and enjoy.”

Doug himself is looking forward to joining KET.

“As host, it will be an honor and privilege to carry on this rich tradition of sharing our state’s proud history, geographic diversity, and natural beauty with my fellow Kentuckians,” he said.

During his 11-year career in baseball, Doug won two World Championships with the Reds and a Gold Glove award at second base for the New York Mets.

Born and raised in Lexington, Doug currently resides there with his wife, Olga. He is a banking officer with Central Bank & Trust and is involved with numerous civic and charitable organizations, including Hope for the Warriors and the American Association for the Prevention of Substance Abuse in Athletics.

A graduate of Somerset Community College, Doug has been inducted into the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame.

Kentucky Life is one KET’s most popular local programs and is overseen by series producer Brandon Wickey and executive producers Mike Brower and Craig Cornwell. The series has been in production since 1995. Doug is the series’s third host; former Kentucky Life hosts are Dave Shuffett and Byron Crawford.

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.

2013 Emmy nominations

KET productions and programs nominated for 19 regional Emmys

Friday, June 14, 2013

KET logo_mdThe Ohio Valley Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences has nominated KET productions and programs for 19 Regional Emmy Awards. There were 751 total entries, a record number, and 291 received nominations.

Click on the links to watch these Emmy-nominated KET productions!

Nick Helton
Jubilee – “Sam Bush Band” episode
Arts/Entertainment category

Frank Simkonis
Kentucky Muse – “Tracks of Imagination” episode
Documentary – Cultural/Topical category

Kentucky Life – “Zombie” segment
Magazine Feature/Segment category

Matthew Grimm
Ted Bassett: A Kentucky Gentleman
Documentary – Cultural/Topical category

Brandon Wickey and Dave Shuffett
Kentucky Life – “13th Kentucky Infantry” episode
Magazine Program category

Paul Smith
Kentucky Life – “The Battle of Richmond” episode
Magazine Feature/Segment category

Kentucky Life – “The Chitlin’ Circuit” episode
Magazine Feature/Segment category

Brandon Wickey
Kentucky Life – “Migratory Songbirds at Red River Gorge
Magazine Feature/Segment category

Valerie Trimble and James Piston
Kentucky Life – “Good Shepherd Cheese – Say Cheese!” segment
Magazine Feature/Segment category

Dan Taulbee
Kentucky Muse – “Tracks of Imagination” episode
Editor – Program category

And these programs that air on KET also received nominations!

Tim Farmer received a nomination in the “Program Host/Moderator/Narrator” category for his work as host of Kentucky Afield. Farmer, along with Scott Moore, was also nominated in the “Human Interest – Program” category for the Kentucky Afield episode “Bank Fishing with Axton.” In addition, Kentucky Afield received two nominations in the “Photographer – Program” category for Brian Volland and Scott Moore.

Obie Williams received a nomination in the “Graphic Arts” category for the animated opening for Tim Farmer’s Country Kitchen.

Amy Hess, co-host of the KET series Kentucky Collectibles, received three nominations. She received one in the “Program Host/Moderator/Narrator” category for her work as host of The Local Traveler. She received two nominations, along with Mike Benton, in the “Magazine Program” category for two episodes of The Local Traveler. The program is produced by Beloved Productions and Courage Media.

Matt Hilton and Robert L. Shrader of Bluegrass & Backroads, which is produced by Kentucky Farm Bureau, received a nomination in the “Magazine Feature/Segment” category for a Bluegrass & Backroads segment.

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