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Ferrell Wellman announces retirement from KET’s Comment on Kentucky

For Release: 2014-02-21 16:24:00

Veteran broadcaster, educator and Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame member Ferrell Wellman will tonight announce his retirement from hosting Comment on Kentucky, the longest running public affairs series on KET. Comment on Kentucky airs at 8/7 p.m. on KET and streams live on www.KET.org/live.

 

Wellman was named host of the program in 2008.

 

“Over the last few months, I had been considering when would be a good time to leave the moderator's chair,” Wellman said. “I'm a firm believer in leaving a position a little too early rather than a little late.”

 

Wellman cited a recent knee injury and the need to be away from the program for an extended time while he goes through the rehabilitation process as influencing the timing of his decision.

 

“Ferrell has continued Comment’s tradition of insightful and independent analysis admirably, always displaying the utmost integrity, professionalism and keen understanding of the news stories most greatly impacting our Commonwealth each week,” said Shae Hopkins, KET CEO and executive director. “He will be greatly missed, and the entire KET family wishes him a speedy recovery and all the best.”

 

Another veteran broadcaster, Bill Bryant, anchor/managing editor at WKYT in Lexington and host of Kentucky Newsmakers, is currently filling in as interim host.

 

A native of Pikeville, Wellman earned a bachelor’s degree in broadcasting from Eastern Kentucky University and a master’s in journalism and mass communication from the University of South Carolina.

 

Most of Wellman’s reporting career was spent with WAVE-TV in Louisville, where he was its Frankfort reporter for more than 16 years. He also taught broadcasting at Eastern Kentucky University. In addition, in 2013 Wellman was inducted into the Kentucky Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame and received the Kentucky MIC award, the organization’s most prestigious honor.

 

“I am thankful to the management at KET for the opportunity to host the program and for their support,” Wellman said. “I would also like to thank all of the journalists who appeared on the program for being willing to share their expertise and insight. And most of all, thanks to the loyal viewers for their support.”

 

Wellman made his first appearance on Comment on Kentucky in 1976. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the series.

 

KET is Kentucky’s largest classroom, serving more than one million people each week via television, online and mobile. Learn more about Kentucky’s preeminent public media organization on Twitter @KET and facebook.com/KET and at KET.org.

 

Contact: Abby Malik

 

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