The Ohio Valley Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences has nominated KET productions and programs for 19 Regional Emmy Awards. There were 751 total entries, a record number, and 291 received nominations.
Nick Helton received a nomination in the category of “Arts/Entertainment” for Jubilee, a series currently in its 17th season that features the performances of nationally known artists and popular local musicians at summer and bluegrass folk music festivals in Kentucky and elsewhere. The nomination was for the episode “Sam Bush Band,” which features the legendary newgrass musician on stage at the 2011 International Newgrass Festival.
KET received two nominations in the category of “Documentary – Cultural/Topical.” Frank Simkonis was nominated for “Tracks of Imagination,” a Kentucky Muse program that explores the creative team at the Alexandria, Kentucky-based studio Applied Imagination, whose holiday and seasonal train displays meld botanical design and architecture, delighting crowds at botanical gardens across the United States.
Matthew Grimm was nominated for Ted Bassett: A Kentucky Gentleman, which profiles the extraordinary life of the longtime Keeneland executive, a native Kentuckian who was a decorated World War II marine and former head of the state police.
Brandon Wickey and Dave Shuffett received a nomination in the “Magazine Program” category for the Kentucky Life episode “13th Kentucky Infantry,” a program dedicated to host Shuffett following in the footsteps of his great-great-grandfather Michael Shuffett, who in 1861 joined the 13th Kentucky Volunteer Infantry Regiment during the U.S. Civil War.
KET received five nominations in the “Magazine Feature/Segment” category. Paul Smith received a nomination for the Kentucky Life segment “The Battle of Richmond,” which features a group of individuals taking up the fight to preserve and protect the battlefield site as the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Richmond approached. Smith also received a nomination for the Kentucky Life segment “The Chitlin’ Circuit,” which explores Hopkinsville’s role as a main stop along The Chitlin’ Circuit, a national string of clubs where black recording artists could travel and perform during the days of segregation.
Brandon Wickey received a nomination for the Kentucky Life segment “Migratory Songbirds at Red River Gorge,” which explores the state’s remarkable songbird biodiversity.
Valerie Trimble and James Piston received a nomination for the Kentucky Life segment “Good Shepherd Cheese – Say Cheese!” which features a Bath County couple who began the first licensed sheep-milk dairy in Kentucky.
Frank Simkonis received a nomination for the Kentucky Life segment “Zombie,” which featured the Louisville Zombie Attack, one of the largest zombie walks in the United States.
Dan Taulbee received a nomination in the category of “Editor – Program,” for the Kentucky Muse program “Tracks of Imagination.”
Tim Farmer received a nomination in the “Program Host/Moderator/Narrator” category for his work as host of Kentucky Afield. Farmer, along with Scott Moore, was also nominated in the “Human Interest – Program” category for the Kentucky Afield episode “Bank Fishing with Axton.” In addition, Kentucky Afield received two nominations in the “Photographer – Program” category for Brian Volland and Scott Moore.
Obie Williams received a nomination in the “Graphic Arts” category for the animated opening for Tim Farmer’s Country Kitchen.
Amy Hess, co-host of the KET series Kentucky Collectibles, received three nominations. She received one in the “Program Host/Moderator/Narrator” category for her work as host of The Local Traveler. She received two nominations, along with Mike Benton, in the “Magazine Program” category for two episodes of The Local Traveler. The program is produced by Beloved Productions and Courage Media.
Matt Hilton and Robert L. Shrader of Bluegrass & Backroads, which is produced by Kentucky Farm Bureau, received a nomination in the “Magazine Feature/Segment” category for a Bluegrass & Backroads segment.
“It’s a privilege and honor to once again be recognized by our industry peers,” said KET Executive Director Shae Hopkins. “These nominations are a testament to the important role public media plays in homes, classrooms and communities throughout Kentucky. These honors are also a strong acknowledgement of KET's individual and team creative efforts.”
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 20 in Cincinnati, Ohio.
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