O. Leonard Press Memorial Service
O. Leonard Press, KET’s founder and first executive director, died Wednesday, July 31 at the age of 97. A visionary with a dream of bringing quality learning resources to every community across the commonwealth, Press first thought of creating a statewide public television network in the late 1950s and worked tirelessly for years to make his idea a reality. Watch the memorial service for Press, which was held on Sept. 20, here.
Comment on Kentucky
Journalists from around the state discuss the news of the week with host Bill Bryant, including the latest on political races as the 2019 campaign season picks up steam. Scheduled guests: Phillip Bailey, Louisville Courier Journal; Jack Brammer, Lexington Herald-Leader; and Michon Lindstrom, Spectrum News 1.
Travel to Memphis, where Sun Studios artists Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley usher in the era of rockabilly. Ray Charles crosses America’s racial divide by recording a country album. Patsy Cline shows off Music City’s smooth new Nashville Sound. Watch now.
Examine the history of bluegrass music, from its origins to its eventual worldwide popularity, and hear from dozens of musicians who explain the ways bluegrass music transcends generational, cultural and geographic boundaries.
One to One with Bill Goodman
In this 2009 episode of One to One, Bill speaks with David Jones, founder and former president of Humana, about current health care issues. With a customer base of over 11.5 million in the United States, Humana is the largest (by revenues) Fortune 500 company headquartered in Kentucky. Jones died on Wednesday, Sept. 18, at 88. Watch now.
In episode 2, watch as Nashville becomes the heart of the country music industry. The genre grows in popularity during the Great Depression and World War II as America falls in love with singing cowboys, Texas Swing and the Grand Ole Opry’s Roy Acuff. Watch now.
Connections with Renee Shaw
In this episode of Connections, Renee speaks with NPR and ABC political commentator Cokie Roberts, whose more than 40-year career in broadcasting earned her countless awards, including induction into the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame. Roberts died on Sept. 17, 2019, due to complications from breast cancer. Read highlights from the interview.
Explore a warm and revealing portrait of the charismatic, groundbreaking actor’s journey from his native Puerto Rico to the creative hotbed of 1960s New York City, to prominence on Broadway and in Hollywood. Filled with passion, determination and joy, Juliá’s brilliant and daring career was tragically cut short by his untimely death 25 years ago, at age 54. Watch now.