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New television program with Northern Kentucky focus set to premiere Monday on KETKy


Staff report

Inside Northern Kentucky, a monthly program, will be the first to focus on news and events in the Northern Kentucky region to appear on KET, the state’s prestigious educational television network, beginning Monday, Nov. 16.

A production of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism, the nonprofit publisher of the NKyTribune, the program will tell “Top Stories from the Top of Kentucky.”

The inaugural program will appear Monday at 4:30 p.m. ET on KETKy. And will appear throughout the month, on this schedule:

Tuesday, Nov. 17, 5:30 a.m. KETKy
Thursday, Nov. 19, 9 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. KETKy and 12:30 a.m. on KET
Saturday, Nov. 21, 3 p.m. KETKy and
Friday, Nov. 27, 10 p.m., KETKy

“We are excited about a quality program that will help the rest of the state understand just how special Northern Kentucky is,” said Judy Clabes, editor and publisher of the NKyTribune and executive producer of Inside Northern Kentucky. “We have assembled a great team of storytellers, professional videographers and producers who share our enthusiasm for telling Northern Kentucky’s stories.”

Inside-Northern-Kentucky

Clabes and Mark Hansel, managing editor of NKyTribune, are chief editors of the program; veteran broadcast newswoman Shelly Whitehead (also a former reporter for The Kentucky Post) will serve as field producer and Kyle Lake of Lexington and his Prosper Media team will coordinate videography and final editing.

Videographers Ron Lawson and Mark Czarnik helped film the first show; Jacob Clabes provided design services.

“The rest of the state doesn’t know much about Northern Kentucky,” said Hansel. “We mean to change that. We’ll learn more about our neighbors, too.”

 Harry Sparks is an architect, Bluegrass musician and nationally renowned luthier (Photo Provided)

Harry Sparks is an architect, Bluegrass musician and nationally renowned luthier (Photo Provided)

Greater Cincinnati International Airport and Toyota have signed up as initial season sponsors.

“We are so grateful to CVG and Toyota for providing the resources to get us started,” said Clabes. “We’ve committed to KET that we’ll provide monthly programs through 2016, so underwriting support will be important, as it always is to a nonprofit organization.”

The shows will be “news magazine” style features and news, with four to five story segments and interesting sidebars about the region consisting of Campbell, Kenton and Boone counties.

The inaugural Inside Northern Kentucky has special features on Southbank Partners and the Newport renaissance; Tim Hanner’s Navigo Scholars — with interviews of students and mentors in the effort to connect high school students with their future; architect and national renowned luthier Harry Sparks and his special talent for repairing the fine instruments of some of the country’s top musicians; and a fun story about the under-appreciated paw-paw which is growing in popularity in Northern Kentucky as a cash crop.

Jack Moreland of Southbank Partners makes an appearance on the first show.

“We are so pleased to be part of the first Inside Northern Kentucky program,” Moreland said. “It’s just terrific — and just what we need to get Northern Kentucky’s great stories out to the rest of the state. We have a lot going on here.”


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