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KET putting state’s signature bluegrass music into national spotlight via documentary on PBS

One of Kentucky’s most popular exports — bluegrass music — will get the star treatment later this month. Ricky Skaggs That’s when PBS stations across the country are scheduled to air the KET-produced documentary Big Family: The Story of Bluegrass Music, placing the state’s signature music into the national spotlight. The two-hour film, dubbed the most comprehensive documentary on bluegrass...

O. Leonard Press, who left lasting legacy across Kentucky through the founding of KET, has died

O. Leonard Press, a visionary who embraced the medium of television to deliver greater access to education to Kentuckians throughout the Commonwealth with the founding of KET, died Wednesday, at the age of 97. “While it is with a heavy heart that we share news of Len’s passing, it is also with tremendous pride and admiration that we can look back on a life well-lived, one that has made such a positive...

KET, Education and Workforce Development Cabinet unveil new resource to aid state’s demand for skilled workers

Kentucky’s workforce is ever changing. By the year 2020, it is projected that 63 percent of Kentucky jobs will require some postsecondary education or advanced training to meet workforce demands. Currently, Kentucky is facing a shortage of highly skilled workers to fill the approximately 115,000 open jobs available in the Commonwealth. To help address Kentucky’s workforce demands, KET and the Kentucky...

KET to host discussion of ‘Early Learning’ and impact on child’s school success

Research has shown that a child’s brain develops more from birth to age five than at any other time in their life. Brain development during those critical years has a lasting impact on a child’s ability to learn and succeed in school and in life. Children without access to quality child care and early learning experiences may enter Kindergarten unprepared. To discuss what’s being done in Kentucky...

Woodsongs host, folksinger Michael Johnathon, releases ‘Dazed & Confuzed,’ to perform in Ohio

Michael Johnathon is heading north, to celebrate the release of his new album “Dazed & Confuzed” (PoetMan Records). The Kentucky-based folksinger, who lives in a log cabin outside of Lexington, will headline an evening of music at Leo Coffeehouse in Cincinnati on Sunday, April 14, as part of the Queen City Balladeers’ monthly concert series. Johnathon is best known as host of the internationally...

KET to accept entries for 2019 Young Writers Contest Jan. 2-April 15; open to K-12 students across state

Students in kindergarten through 12th grade are invited to submit stories and poems for the 2019 KET Young Writers Contest. The contest, which runs Jan. 2 through April 15, encourages students in KET’s viewing area to celebrate the power of crafting stories, poems and illustrations by submitting their own, original work. Students in kindergarten through 3rd grade are invited to submit entries to...

Georgetown, Scott Co. featured in newest episode of KET’s Downstream; preview party set for Dec. 9

Georgetown and Scott County have starring roles in an episode of KET’s production of “Downstream,” and everyone is invited to a Preview Party on Sunday, Dec. 9, at Country Boy Brewery & Taproom to celebrate. Hosted by Georgetown/Scott County Tourism, the party will include a screening of the episode, entitled “Georgetown KY – Elkhorn Creek, Bourbon Blending and Local...

PBS documentary on the public pension crisis across the country highlights Kentucky’s pension woes

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Kentucky’s public pension woes aren’t unique in the United States, but a new PBS documentary that aired on stations across the country, including KET, focused much of its time on the public pension crisis in Kentucky, which led to teachers, state workers and others to hold rallies at the Capitol. 
Around half of all states don’t have enough money to pay for...

Prichard Committee: Student performance results are declining, achievement gaps widening in KY schools

Results from the Kentucky Department of Education show student performance declining in most subject areas and achievement gaps widening in many Kentucky schools and communities. Our public schools have made great progress in the last generation and today that progress is at risk. To stem the decline and chart a course of renewed progress, citizens must come together at the local level to understand...

Supreme Court to hear oral arguments in employee pension case at 10 a.m. Thurs.; here’s how to watch

There will be several ways for the public to view oral arguments when the Supreme Court of Kentucky hears the state employee pension case at 10 a.m. ET Thursday, Sept. 20. The case is Matthew G. Bevin, In His Official Capacity As Governor Of The Commonwealth Of Kentucky, Et Al. V. Commonwealth of Kentucky Ex Rel. Andy Beshear, Attorney General, Et Al.

 Supreme Court Justices Due to interest in...

Department of Revenue, KET partner on live call-in program addressing changes to state’s tax law

The Kentucky Department of Revenue is partnering with KET to present “Kentucky Tax Law Changes: What You Need to Know,” a live call-in program addressing changes to Kentucky’s tax law. The show will air July 9 at 8 p.m. Eastern time/7 p.m. Central time. The 2018 Kentucky legislation expanded the types of services now subject to sales tax and amended certain excise taxes. The live call-in...

KET announces winners of 2018 Young Writers Contest; more than 1200 entries received

KET has announced the winners of its 2018 Young Writers Contest. The annual contest encourages creative expression and literacy development by inviting students in kindergarten through eighth grade to submit original illustrated stories, short stories and poetry. This year, the contest received more than 1,200 submissions, representing more than 280 schools from 17 states. This year’s contest...

University of Kentucky alumni to join Red Barn Radio for “An Appalachian Christmas” concert

By Whitney Hale Special to KyForward A radio concert featuring some of the state’s best musical artists, including alumni, will celebrate the holidays in a very Kentucky way. “An Appalachian Christmas,” presented as part of the “Red Barn Radio” program, will showcase the talents of The Sara Holroyd Singers featuring UK alumni, My Brother’s Keeper, The Price Sisters and...

Student Engagement: Teachers across the state are using drones as classroom supplement

By Mike Marsee Special to KyForward Anne Lopez has seen what drones can do for students. She has seen her students’ eyes light up when a drone whirrs to life, and she has seen those students throw themselves into a project in which they design and build their own drones. Drones are circling around an increasing number of Kentucky schools as teachers like Lopez, a STEM instructor at Eastside Middle...

Kentucky Afield Outdoors: Answering a few leftover questions from KET’s fall hunting call-in show

By Kevin Kelly Special to KyForward Viewers of “Kentucky Afield” television picked up their phones and took to social media last weekend to submit more than 200 questions for the annual fall hunting call-in show. Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources wildlife biologists Gabe Jenkins and John Morgan, along with Sgt. Rufus Cravens of the department’s Law Enforcement Division, joined...

Bluegrass & Backroads: From a one-acre garden and a few apple trees, Evans Cider Mill now a destination

Evans Orchard and Cider Mill in Georgetown was once a cattle and tobacco operation, but in the 1990s, the fifth generation of the Evans family planted a one-acre garden and a few apple trees. That modest operation has evolved into an agri-tourism destination. Kentucky is a state defined by its history and noted for a number of things, not the least of which is horse racing, bourbon, bluegrass music...

KET CEO Shae Hopkins to co-chair Organization of State Broadcast Executives Board of Directors

Shae Hopkins, KET executive director and CEO, was recently elected to serve a two-year term as co-chair of the Organization of State Broadcast Executives (OSBE) Board of Directors. “I’m very honored to have been elected as co-chair of the OBE Board of Directors. This is a testament to the respect that broadcasting leaders across the country have for KET and underscores KET’s reputation as one...

PBS, KET seek high school students interested in cancer research for 2018 Emperor Science Awards

High school students interested in cancer research opportunities are encouraged to apply to take part in the 2018 Emperor Science Award Program, sponsored by Stand Up To Cancer and PBS LearningMedia. Applications will be accepted through Nov. 1. The program aims to empower high school students to become the next generation of cancer researchers. One hundred students will be named 2018 Emperor Science...

Bluegrass & Backroads: Great American Dollhouse Museum creates entire community … only smaller

The Great American Dollhouse Museum in Danville, Kentucky is a fascinating mix of miniatures and story telling, where an entire community is created on a small-scale… but has a big impact on visitors young AND old. Kentucky is a state defined by its history and noted for a number of things, not the least of which is horse racing, bourbon, bluegrass music and barbecue. But, as natives Bob Shrader...

Amy Goyer, AARP’s family and caregiving expert, to be featured speaker at ‘Next Best Years Conference’

Amy Goyer is a writer, speaker and consultant specializing in caregiving.  She serves as AARP’s national Family and Caregiving Expert.  In addition, she is a columnist and spokesperson and has a “Taking Care” youtube series and vlog.  Goyer started her career as a music therapist and has worked in the aging field for more than 35 years at the local, state, national and international levels.  Amy...