Skip to Main Content

KET Pressroom

Kentucky Life features the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame, Old Friends horse farm, Select Boxing gym and the Newport Aquarium

For Release: 10/11/19 2:21 PM

The next episode of KET’s Kentucky Life spotlights the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame in Renfro Valley, the Old Friends retirement horse farm in Georgetown, Select Boxing in Louisville, and the Newport Aquarium. The episode airs Saturday, Oct. 12, at 8/7 pm and Sunday, Oct. 13, at 4/3 pm on KET, and Monday, Oct. 14, at 7/6 pm on KET2.

First, Kentucky Life visits the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame in Renfro Valley to learn how the state’s geography and culture have helped shape its musical history over the past century. The Hall of Fame counts as members some of Kentucky’s most famous musical icons, such as Loretta Lynn, Tom T. Hall and Dwight Yoakam.

Next, Kentucky Life stops off at Old Friends, a retirement farm in Georgetown for former racehorses. Founded in 2003 by Michael Blowen, a former film critic for the Boston Globe newspaper, the 136-acre farm serves as a “living-history museum of horse racing.” It houses more than 100 horses, including former champions such as Silver Charm, Game On Dude and War Emblem, and welcomes nearly 20,000 visitors every year.

Then, Kentucky Life is off to Louisville to visit the Select Boxing gym, where founder and coach Nicholas Bareis offers a safe haven for at-risk youths to build their confidence and life skills. Bareis, a restaurant cook, founded the gym initially in his basement, looking to give troubled youths a path out of hardship by teaching them to keep fighting, no matter the circumstances.

Finally, Kentucky Life takes a tour of the Newport Aquarium, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary. The aquarium houses hundreds of species that all need their own unique habitat and diet for survival. Aquatic biologist Kristen Guevara offers a glimpse of her typical day, caring for everything from seahorses to penguins to the facility’s trio of Shark Rays.

Kentucky Life is a KET production, produced by Brandon Wickey. Segment producers for this episode are Gary Pahler, Valerie Trimble, and Frank Simkonis.

This year is Kentucky Life’s 25th anniversary, and to mark the occasion, the program will include special Memory segments, in which each of Kentucky Life’s hosts—Byron Crawford, Dave Shuffett and Doug Flynn—will revisit some of their favorite stories over the years.

KET is Kentucky’s largest classroom, where learning comes to life for more than one million people each week via television, online and mobile. Learn more about Kentucky’s preeminent public media organization at, on Twitter @KET and at


Todd Piccirilli
Senior Director, Marketing and Communications