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KET 40th Anniversary

2008 marks a milestone for us here at KET. This year, Kentucky Educational Television (KET) celebrates its 40th anniversary, and our impact upon the Commonwealth is the subject of this Et Cetera.

O. Leonard Press, archival photo Kentucky's first and only statewide public broadcasting network signed on the air in September 1968. It was the brainchild of educator O. Leonard Press, who became the network's founding executive director.

KET's mission is "to make Kentucky a better place” and strengthen communities by “educating, inspiring, and connecting” citizens.

In fact, more than a million adults and children explore Kentucky and the world through KET programs and services each week.

KET is Kentucky’s most accessible and comprehensive educational institution, providing equal access to instructional resources and a hand-up toward economic prosperity, reaching every school and home in the Commonwealth.

KET is also Kentucky’s public square and celebrates Kentucky culture, producing more than 1,200 hours of original and award-winning Kentucky programming each year.

In addition to the Emmy-award winning Louisville Life, KET produces weekly programs including Kentucky Life, Jubilee, Kentucky Tonight, One to One with Bill Goodman, and Connections with Renee Shaw.

Today, KET broadcasts on 4 digital channels: KET1, KET2, the Kentucky Channel, and KET’s education channel for schools. Thousands of programs are also available online and on-the-go, via videostreaming and podcasting.

And KET is Kentucky’s trusted source for educational, non-violent PBS Kids programs and award-winning, high-quality PBS programs.

In 2009, KET will commission an innovative HD production and broadcast facility, and will utilize this pioneering infrastructure to expand service to the Commonwealth.

Take a photo tour of our facilities, get more fast facts about the network and details on the 2009 digital conversion.

KET: 40 Years of Exploration takes a look at KET's history and its future with interviews from current Executive Director Malcom Wall, O. Leonard Press and past executive director Virginia Gaines Fox. The program, airing Thursday, Oct. 16 at 9/8 p.m. CT on KET1, also features archival footage of classic Kentucky programs.

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Louisville Life spotlights the return of the KentuckyShow! and introduces you to the people who've made it possible. Plus, a retrospective on renowned artist Julius Friedman, who contributed to the new KentuckyShow! exhibit space; the quirky local business for fans of Louisville; and KET celebrates 40 years in the Commonwealth. (#301)