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KET productions and programs nominated for 14 regional Emmys
The Ohio Valley Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences has nominated KET productions and programs for 14 Regional Emmy Awards.

KET hosts Dave Shuffett and Renee Shaw both received nominations in this year’s Program Host/Moderator/Narrator categories. Shuffett was nominated as host of Kentucky Life. Shaw is host of Connections with Renee Shaw and Legislative Update, co-anchors election coverage, and frequently produces and hosts special public affairs programming; she was nominated for a composite of her work.

In addition to Shuffett’s nomination as host, Kentucky Life—KET’s weekly magazine program covering the history, people and places that make the Commonwealth so unique—received nominations in five other categories:
•    Human Interest Program: Kelly Campbell, Kentucky Life “Double Dan Horsemanship,” a look at world-renowned horse trainers Dan James and Dan Steers of Nicholasville
•    Human Interest Program: Valerie Trimble and James Piston, Kentucky Life “An Art for Expression,” which profiles the work of Louisville artist Trent Altman, who was diagnosed with autism as a child
•    Military Program: Paul Smith, Kentucky Life “Camp Nelson Honor Guard,” a spotlight on the group that accompanies veterans to their final resting place at Camp Nelson National Cemetery with full military honors
•    Magazine Program: Brandon Wickey, Valerie Trimble, Dave Shuffett and James Piston, Kentucky Life “Goin’ Country,” which showcases Darlene Rose’s Country Girl at Heart Farm Bed & Breakfast in Hart County
•    Magazine Feature/Segment: Frank Simkonis, Kentucky Life “Ken Swinson,” a profile of self-taught painter and printmaker Swinson, of Maysville, who incorporates new techniques and bold geometric patterns into his designs.

KET’s arts documentary series Kentucky Muse, which celebrates the world of   creativity found within the Bluegrass state, received two nominations:
•    Arts/Entertainment: Thomas Bickel, Kentucky Muse: “Frank X Walker – I Dedicate This Ride,” in which Kentucky writer and Affrilachian Poets founder Walker illuminates the life of 19th century African-American jockey Isaac Murphy with poetry and drama
•    Documentary – Cultural/Topical: Tom Thurman, Kentucky Muse: “Wendy Whelan: Moments of Grace,” which profiles Louisville native Whalen, now a principal dancer with the New York City ballet.

Nominations for KET productions News Quiz, Louisville Life, Jubilee Live and a special on the history of Louisville’s Flaget High School as well as for Kentucky Afield host Tim Farmer rounded out KET’s 2014 Ohio Valley Regional EMMY recognitions:
•    Informational/Instructional: Cindy Asher, News Quiz, KET’s weekly current events program for upper elementary and middle school students
•    Nostalgia Program: Jayne McClew, Gary Pahler and Angelic Phelps, Louisville Life
•    Nostalgia Program: John Schroering, Flaget High School: The Great Spirit Lives On, a look at the famed Louisville school, whose alumni include Paul Hornung and Howard Schnellenberger
•    Special Event Coverage: Nick Helton, Jubilee Live: Festival of the Bluegrass 40th Anniversary, filmed on site at the Kentucky Horse Park
•    Program Host/Moderator/Narrator: Tim Farmer, host, Kentucky Afield, a production of the Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife Resources, which airs on KET.

 “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 Aug. 2 in Columbus, Ohio.

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