The Local Traveler debuts on KET, showcases local products, nearby travel destinations

For Release: 12/19/16 8:10 AM

KET is pleased to announce the launch of The Local Traveler a weekly series showcasing locally-made products and nearby travel-worthy destinations – as a KET production. Hosted by Amy Hess, the six-time Regional Emmy Award-winning series will premiere as a KET production in 2017, featuring new episodes.

The Local Traveler airs Saturdays at 12:30 pm/11:30 am on KET, beginning Jan. 7, and Wednesdays at 6/5 pm on KET2, beginning Jan. 11.

While the program aired on other regional television outlets in its earlier seasons, the move to KET will allow the series to reach viewers across the entire state for the first time. That’s something host Amy Hess – already known to KET viewers through her role as host of KET’s Kentucky Collectibles ­– is especially excited about.

“For the first time, viewers from across Kentucky will have access to the series,” said Hess. “Plus, our move from commercial television to a public broadcast format will allow each episode to expand. That will allow us to really dig in and go more in-depth on each episode, which enables us to share more of the flavor of Kentucky with viewers across the state.”

The weekly magazine program leads viewers on virtual day trips to uncover the people, places and products that make Kentucky and the surrounding region so unique.

On the series’ KET premiere, Hess takes viewers on a tour of nostalgic diners, including The Parkette in Lexington – whose double-decker Poor Boys have been a favorite for over 60 years – and The Diner in Sevierville, Tenn., where guests are sure to see classic cars and poodle skirts while they enjoy all-day breakfast and handspun shakes.

Hess, who grew up in Lexington, Ky., is a professionally trained actress who studied in Los Angeles at The American Academy of Dramatic Arts and The Groundlings, a premier improvisation and comedy school. She is the creator, executive producer, writer and host for The Local Traveler. In addition to the series’ Regional Emmy awards, Hess’s personal work as host and producer of The Local Traveler has been recognized with 14 Regional Emmy nominations and 5 Regional Emmy Awards.

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