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Happy 45th

KET celebrates 45 years

Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013

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KET founder O. Leonard Press and KET executive director Shae Hopkins

KET’s founding father, O. Leonard Press, didn’t set out to create the nation’s biggest statewide educational TV network. He originally worked to launch a local ETV station in Lexington.

“We couldn’t get the money,” laughed Mr. Press, “so we thought bigger and came up with the idea of a statewide network.”

That earliest inclination to think big, to innovate, to find efficiencies, became the DNA of KET.

Mr. Press spent the early years traveling the state, speaking to education, business, and political leaders about using television to provide equal access to education, overcoming geography and economic limitations.

On September 23, 1968 — 45 years ago today, his dream became a reality when KET signed on for its first broadcast. Back then, KET was only on air Monday through Friday during the day.

Today, KET is still helping Kentuckians overcome geographic and economic barriers to education.

And KET is still thinking big, providing educational media online and on three channels 24/7/365. We’re on every screen, from computers to smart phones, to tablets and the largest HDTVs — in your living room, classroom, and on the go.

While viewers enjoy Masterpiece’s “Downton Abbey” and Curious George, teachers and students utilize KET EncycloMedia for high-quality classroom instruction and professional development. Adults study online for their GED® test, and high school students learn physics, Latin, Mandarin Chinese, and more with our digital courses.

As KET celebrates 45 years of service this month, more than 1 million Kentuckians watch each week. We’re so grateful you’re one of them.

KET was created through the determination of Mr. Press and those who believed in his vision. It has grown and flourished for 45 years through the support of thousands of Kentuckians just like you.

Thank you for watching, believing in, and supporting KET.

Trusted Education

A message from Shae Hopkins, KET’s executive director

Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012

KET believes that all children, regardless of where they live, their background, or their economic status, should have access to a quality education.

In Kentucky, with more than 27 percent of our children living in poverty and with many unable to attend a quality preschool, it is vital that ALL children continue to have access to trusted educational programs like Sesame Street, The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About That, and Curious George.

These programs are carefully developed by educators to teach reading, science, math, and social skills that will help kids to be successful when they enter school. The programs our children enjoy also help them develop an early love of learning.

Educational media from KET and PBS is free and accessible on television, the internet, and on mobile devices. In fact, four of every five kids in America watch PBS KIDS programs.

As conversations continue about federal funding for educational television, we invite you to go to to learn more about the vast service we provide. The federal investment in public broadcasting represents about one one-hundredth of 1 percent of the total federal budget. Eliminating PBS and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting would not affect the federal budget deficit, but it would devastate public media and fundamentally change KET.

Educating all of Kentucky’s young minds is a wise investment, one that will pay dividends for a lifetime.

Federal funding

News for week of February 28

Monday, Feb. 28, 2011

Imagine America’s largest stage dark.
Imagine Kentucky’s biggest schoolhouse empty.
Imagine the greatest library of local and national documentary programming closed.

The debate about federal funding for public broadcasting is also the debate about the future of KET. After a week in recess, the U.S. Senate will soon pick up the debate on H.R. 1, the House-approved resolution which, among its budget cuts, eliminates funding for public broadcasting. If passed, this complete elimination will dramatically alter KET’s service to the people of Kentucky.

Federal funding allows KET to develop learning resources that Kentucky’s teachers and students rely on every day, to educate our youngest citizens with series like Sesame Street, to deliver a vast array of concerts and performances not found anywhere else on television, and to produce and air informative, engaging programs about our state, our nation, and our world.

Thank you to all those who have made their voice on this matter heard. And for those who have not yet done so, there’s still time. Please contact your Senators and Representatives (viewers from other states click here) soon and let them know where you stand on public funding for public broadcasting.

Thank you,

Shae Hopkins
KET Executive Director

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