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KET productions and programs nominated for 18 regional Emmys

For Release: 2012-06-13 08:36:00

The Ohio Valley Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences has nominated KET productions and programs for 18 Regional Emmy Awards.

Brandon Wickey, Valerie Trimble, Dave Shuffett and Matthew Grimm received nominations in the category of “Magazine Program” for Kentucky Life, a series that highlights the unique people and places of the Commonwealth. The nomination was for an episode from season 17, which features the Bowling Green Civil War Discovery Trail; the “Love On A Leash” program in Somerset; the Webster county town of Dixon; and Kentucky Gentlemen Cigars in Anderson County.

Shuffett received a nomination in the “Program Host/Moderator/Narrator” category for his work as host of Kentucky Life. Shuffett also received a nomination in the “Magazine Feature/Segment” category for a Kentucky Life segment “A Place Called ‘South America,’” which explores a remote area of Pine Mountain in Whitley County that locals call “South America” because of its biodiversity and rare plants and animals.

Matthew Grimm received a nomination in the “Magazine Feature/Segment” category for the Kentucky Life segment “Memorials,” which features Kentuckians who are commemorating loss and finding hope through the creation of memorials and sculpture, specifically to mark the ten-year anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001 and the 2006 Comair Flight 5191 plane crash in Lexington.

Gary Pahler, Jayne McClew and Kelli Brodersen received nominations in the “Magazine Program” category for Louisville Life, a series that explores the culture and events of Kentucky's largest city.

Pahler also received a nomination in the “Health/Science/Environment—Program” category for “Glacier Run,” a Louisville Life segment exploring the Louisville Zoo’s new Glacier Run, an exhibit designed as an imaginary town on the edge of the arctic wilderness and modeled after Churchill, Canada, the polar bear capital of the world.

Carl Babcock received a nomination in the “Special Event Coverage” category for Gubernatorial Inauguration 2011.

Laura Krueger received a nomination in the “Health/Science/Environment - Program” category for More Than Child’s Play: Why Physical Activity Matters. This KET production explores all the ways in which society both helps and hinders physical activity in children and points the way toward greater opportunities for all children to be physically active.

Tom Thurman received a nomination in the “Documentary – Cultural/Topical” category for the Kentucky Muse episode “Harry Dean Stanton: Crossing Mulholland.” This profile of Kentucky-born character actor Stanton features interviews with Kris Kristofferson, Billy Bob Thornton, critic Leonard Maltin, and more. The documentary explores Stanton’s early life in Kentucky, his love of music, and his extensive work in films, including his leading role in Paris, Texas.

In addition, several programs that air on KET received nominations:

Tim Farmer received a nomination in the “Program Host/Moderator/Narrator” category for his work as host of Kentucky Afield. Also, Brian Volland received a nomination in the “Video Journalist” category for the Kentucky Afield segment “Life Cycle of the Muskie.”

Amy Hess, co-host of the upcoming KET series Kentucky Collectibles, received a nomination in the “Magazine Program” category for the program Go Local, which airs on KET and is produced by Beloved Products and Eppic Films. Hess also received a nomination in the “Program Host/Moderator/Narrator” category for her role as host of Go Local.

Bluegrass & Backroads, produced by Kentucky Farm Bureau, received a nomination in the “Magazine Program” category. Matt Hilton and Robert L. Shrader received three nominations in the “Magazine Feature/Segment” category for three different Bluegrass & Backroads segments.

And Douglas Smith, Heidi Thiel and Ben Jackey received nominations in the “Education/Schools – Program” category for Our Kids, a program produced by Jefferson County Public Schools.

“We are thrilled and feel privileged to be honored once again by our industry peers,” said KET Executive Director Shae Hopkins. “Not only are these nominations an acknowledgement of KET's individual and team creative efforts, but they’re also a tribute to the importance of public media in Kentucky and the unique programs we’re able to offer.”

The Ohio Valley Regional Emmy Awards recognize excellence in the areas of local news, programming and individual achievement and are considered to be one of the industry's highest honors. The Ohio Valley Chapter includes 13 television markets from a four-state region, including parts of Ohio, West Virginia, Indiana and Kentucky. The awards ceremony will take place on Saturday, July 28 in Florence, Ind.

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Contact: Abby Malik



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