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Today’s KET: Honoring Those Who Served

This month we feature programs about U.S. military service

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Shae Hopkins | KET imageThis month, as Memorial Day approaches, we are featuring programs that explore the many facets of U.S. military service and combat, from remembering the epic WWII D-Day operation on its 70th anniversary to delving into some of the most difficult questions facing veterans returning from war today.

The popular National Memorial Day Concert, presenting its 25th anniversary broadcast this year, is sure to provide another wonderfully uplifting mix of tribute and performance.

I’m proud that KET offers these programs because they honor the service and sacrifice of the brave men and women in uniform who, along with their families, have given so much for our country.

Like many of you, I have a family history rich in military service. We still have my father’s Marine Corps uniform, and we’re proud of my uncle’s service in Vietnam. Stories of my grandfather fighting in WWII at the Battle of the Bulge, as well as of my great aunt, who was one of the first women to enlist in the WAVES, will always fill me with gratitude.

I’m similarly touched by remarkable stories like that of Robert Williams, featured again in the May 2014 issue of Visions from his interview in the 2007 KET documentary Kentucky WWII Veterans: In Their Own Words. These are only a handful of the countless acts of service to our country and stories of heroism and valor that deserve to be shared and never forgotten.

So join us in remembering all those who have served, especially those who have made the ultimate sacrifice, and sharing our appreciation for the many courageous men and women who continue to serve our country.

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.

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