KET’s TeleFund 2018 features Mr. Rogers documentary, Little Women sneak-peek, plus star-studded concerts and health specials

For Release: 02/07/18 11:33 AM

Few public figures are more beloved than Fred Rogers, whose pioneering children’s program premiered 50 years ago on PBS. To celebrate that milestone, KET’s TeleFund 2018 presents a new documentary, Mister Rogers: It’s You I Like, airing Saturday, March 3 at 10/9 am and Tuesday, March 6 at 8/7 pm on KET.

Hosted by Michael Keaton, who worked on the series during the 1970s, the hour-long special speaks with cast members of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood – including Joe Negri (“Handyman Negri”) and David Newell (“Mr. McFeely”) – as well as Joanne Rogers, Fred’s widow. Additionally, celebrities including Judd Apatow, Whoopi Goldberg, John Lithgow, Yo-Yo Ma and others share how Rogers shaped and inspired them.

KET’s TeleFund 2018 – which runs March 3-18 – also includes a preview of the highly anticipated new Masterpiece series based on Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women. Little Women: A Timeless Story, airing Sunday, March 4 at 8/7 pm on KET, offers a first look at the all-star cast, including Angela Lansbury as Aunt March.

A KET TeleFund staple, Celtic Woman star in their must-see concert Homecoming: Ireland, airing Sunday, March 4 at 9/8 pm on KET and Thursday, March 8 at 8/7 pm on KET2. Viewers who donate to KET during TeleFund 2018 – by calling 1-800-866-0366 or visiting – can receive tickets to Celtic Woman’s upcoming Kentucky performances in Paducah on April 22 or in Louisville on April 27.

Additional music highlights include dozens of concert specials including:

  • Alan Jackson: Precious Memories airing Saturday, March 3 at 7/6 pm on KET2 and Saturday, March 10 at 5:30/4:30 pm on KET
  • Johnny Mathis: Wonderful, Wonderful airing Saturday, March 3 at 8:30/7:30 pm on KET2 and Sunday, March 11 at 6/5 pm on KET
  • Magic Moments – The Best of ’50s Pop airing Saturday, March 3 at 7/6 pm on KET and Sunday, March 11 at 8/7 pm on KET2
  • The Highwaymen Live at Nassau Coliseum airing Saturday, March 3 at 9/8 pm and Sunday, March 4 at 4:30 pm on KET and Friday, March 9 at 8/7 pm on KET2
  • Doo Wop Generations (My Music) airing Saturday, March 10 at 7/6 pm on KET.

And, for viewers interested in improving their health or nutrition in 2018, TeleFund offers an array of self-improvement programs, including Incredible Aging: Adding Life to Your Years, hosted by Meredith Vieira. Airing Monday, March 5 at 8/7 pm on KET, the program charts the biology behind why we age and offers guidance on achieving one’s best-possible health. Other highlights include:

  • BrainFit: 50 Ways to Grow Your Brain with Daniel Amen, MD and Tana Amen, RN airing Saturday, March 3 at noon/11 am on KET2 and Wednesday, March 14 at 8/7 pm on KET
  • On the Psychiatrist’s Couch with Daniel Amen, MD airing Sunday, March 4 at 3/2 pm on KET and Thursday, March 8 at 10/9 pm on KET2
  • Food: What the Heck Do I Eat? With Mark Hyman, MD airing Monday, March 5 at 2/1 pm on KET2 and Tuesday, March 6 at 9:30/8:30 pm on KET.

TeleFund offers an opportunity for viewers to support KET’s mission to provide quality, trusted programs that bring learning to life.

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Todd Piccirilli
Senior Director, Marketing and Communications