Posts Tagged ‘KET’

Forget crocodiles!

Meet the new star Down Under: Kangaroo Dundee!

He’s a man on a marsupial mission.

From his sanctuary in the bush outside Alice Springs, Chris “Brolga” Barnes cares for his orphan kangaroos, and spends months training and preparing them so that one day they can be released back into the wild.

Kangaroo Dundee — a new three-part series beginning Wednesday, June 3 at 8/7 pm on KET and Saturday, June 6 at 6/5 pm on KET2 — introduces the most recent additions to Brolga’s kangaroo family – orphan joeys Rex and Ruby.

Fragile at first, they must receive constant care from Brolga, from night feeds and toilet training, to learning to use a pillowcase as a pouch.

Over the weeks, the series follows their progress. Will they overcome the obstacles they face and one day be ready for release?

Living in a tin shack with no power, Brolga faces a sometimes lonely life, but, out in his sanctuary, he’s kept busy by his kangaroo clan.

They include Ella, a female who teaches Brolga the tricks of raising joeys.

And then there’s mob boss Roger — a ferocious adult male who takes trespassers on his turf extremely seriously.

From battling to save injured orphans, to taking on troublesome teenage wallabies, Kangaroo Dundee reveals the extraordinary lengths Brolga and his volunteers are prepared to go to in order to protect the creatures they love.




WinterPledge is coming!

Enjoy great programs and support KET’s mission

What better way to welcome the holiday season than with WinterPledge, KET’s year-end fundraiser featuring programs to help you enjoy this special time of year. It’s coming up soon, Nov. 28 through Dec. 7.

Mark your calendar now for an all-new program featuring Bing Crosby (1903-1977) who was, without doubt, the most popular and influential multi-media star of the first half of the 20th century.

Bing Crosby Rediscovered: American Masters, premiering Tuesday, Dec. 2 at 8/7 pm on KET, explores the life and legend of this iconic performer, revealing a man far more complex than his public persona.

As you watch this and other WinterPledge specials — such as Downton Abbey Rediscovered and Classic Hollywood: Musicals — remember that part of KET’s mission is to open the window on the worlds of music, art, dance, and theater to seasoned audiences and new generations as well.

In this new special previewing the fifth season of Masterpiece Classic’s smash hit “Downton Abbey,” — which is coming in January! — revisit previous seasons and relish video clips, cast interviews, and behind-the-scenes footage, which help answer some burning questions: Is Lady Mary ready for romance? Did Mr. Bates kill Mr. Green? What will become of Edith’s baby? Carson and Mrs. Hughes — will they or won’t they?

KET is committed to allowing all Kentuckians, no matter their age and circumstance, the opportunity to watch and enjoy period dramas, science and nature programs, educational children’s shows, documentaries, and current events and news programming.

And all of it is thanks to you! Because of your continued financial support of KET, we are able to present Doc Martin Behind the Scenes, The Best of 50s Pop, Celtic Thunder Christmas, and Suze Orman’s Financial Solutions for You and more.  Support our mission of helping Kentuckians from all walks of life explore Kentucky, and the world.

Make your generous WinterPledge donation of support by calling (800) 866-0366 or go online at

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’.”

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