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Clogging; Ebonite Bowling Balls; Rough River; Forest Giants

Kentucky's state dance is alive and well in Owensboro at the Lanham Brothers Jamboree; Hopkinsville is home to the nation's largest producer of bowling balls, at Ebonite International; the Falls of Rough and Rough River Dam are a vacationer's paradise; and a Danish artist brings Forest Giants to the giant forest at Bernheim in Bullitt & Nelson counties.
Season 24 Episode 13 Length 27:44 Premiere: 04/20/19

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Kentucky Life features our state's great diversity with stories of its people, places and ideas. Since 1995, Kentucky Life's focus has always been to help Kentuckians celebrate unique and regional people and cultures and present stories capturing the history and heritage of Kentucky.


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Ebonite Bowling Balls, Rough River Dam State Park, and Forest Giants!

Kentucky’s state dance is alive and well in Owensboro at the Lanham Brothers Jamboree; Hopkinsville is home to the nation’s largest producer of bowling balls, at Ebonite International; the Falls of Rough and Rough River Dam are a vacationer’s paradise; and a Danish artist brings Forest Giants to the giant forest at Bernheim in Bullitt & Nelson counties.

Clogging

Clogging has a special place in the history of Kentucky, and plenty of fans who enjoy learning the style of dance today.

“Clogging is a very old dance,” says clogging instructor Barry Lanham. “It originated in the Appalachian Mountains and is the official state dance of Kentucky. It’s been around for hundreds of years but is a mixture of African, Irish, German, and English step dancing. There are taps on the shoes, on the toes and on the heels, and I love the aspect of using your feet as an instrument.”

Continue reading about Clogging at Lanham Brothers’ and watch the video.

Ebonite Bowing Balls

The world’s largest manufacturer of bowling balls is located right in Kentucky. Ebonite International of Hopkinsville produces up to 3,000 bowling balls a day.

“The one huge aspect about bowling that most people don’t realize is that it’s very important to have your own bowling ball,” says Rich Hanson, International Sales Manager for Ebonite. “You can go bowling with your friends recreationally and you can just pick a house ball off the rack. But it’s not custom fit to your hand. That ball’s not designed to have any performance characteristics to it.

“Having your own ball, one that fits your hand properly, makes the game so much easier,” Hanson continues. “When a ball doesn’t fit your hand, it feels heavy because the holes are too big or too small, but having that ball that’s custom fit to your hand makes the game so much more enjoyable. Here at Ebonite international that’s what we do. We design bowling balls that help bowlers get better.”

Hanson explains that Ebonite produces different brands for different purposes. Hammer and Track are high-performance balls designed for top competitive bowlers. Columbia and Ebonite are brands that offer different levels of performance from recreational bowlers on up. Bowling is a popular sport worldwide, and the equipment has evolved over the years.

“I didn’t start bowling until I was 19 and I was in the Air Force,” says Mitch Beasley, Tech Services Director. “I was in Germany. That’s where I learned to bowl. So I learned with a urethane bowling balls. They were a huge advancement compared to rubber and plastic that was made before that. I’d been bowling about four years when reactive resin balls came out and that totally changed the game because their performance was so much higher than urethane was.

“The cores were very simple back then,” Beasley adds. “And then you started learning you could make the cores heavier and the metal make different shapes inside the ball. They performed more. Then you started putting pieces on the side of the cores and then you started getting more performance. Ebonite’s evolved constantly to try and stay on the top and be the leader in the industry as far as performance and technology.”

Ebonite has been located in Hopkinsville for more than 50 years, and generations of family members have worked for the company. “Ebonite means a lot to the Hopkinsville community,” says Hanson. “We’ve created a lot of jobs for the community. I think it means a lot [to the community] to have a company that’s been here for this many years and that has that tenure of employees who know they have security. Every day they get up and they know this company’s been here and this company’s going to be here for a long time.”

Forest Giants at Bernheim Forest

A new art installation at the Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest is gaining a lot of attention.

“90 years ago, when Isaac Wolf Bernheim gifted this land to the people of Kentucky, he wanted it to be a place where people could come and reside in nature with art,” says Visual Arts Manager Jenny Zeller. “For our 90th anniversary, we wanted to celebrate that, and so we commissioned Thomas Dambo, internationally renowned recycling artist, to come to Bernheim and build three giant sculptures inspired by this landscape.”

Read more about the Forest Giants at Bernheim Forest and watch the video.

Rough River Dam State Resort Park

The Rough River Dam Reservoir in western Kentucky was originally built for flood control in the 1950s. But now, the scenic lake is a draw for tourists and new residents alike.

“I would say that Rough River Lake is the ideal lake for people who want to be close enough to home where it’s not inconvenient but far enough away that you feel like you’re getting away,” says Charlie Corbett, Land Developer with Patriots Pointe Custom Homes. “We’re an hour to Bowling Green, an hour to Owensboro, an hour to Elizabethtown. From my home to the airport in Louisville is 90 minutes, so we’re out in the middle of nowhere but we’re close. When you get here, it’s a different world.”

Find out more about Rough River Dam State Resort Park and watch the video.

Season 24 Episodes

50th Anniversary of the Moon Landing

S24 E20 Length 28:05 Premiere Date 07/20/19

Kentucky Astronaut; Sweet Blessings; HOMES Inc.

S24 E19 Length 27:46 Premiere Date 06/01/19

Honor Flight; Bill Marvel; Artist Elmer Lucille Allen

S24 E18 Length 27:54 Premiere Date 05/25/19

African American Heritage Trail; Glasgow; US Grant III

S24 E17 Length 28:30 Premiere Date 05/21/19

Living Archaeology; Wes Cowan’s Louisville; US Grant II

S24 E16 Length 25:49 Premiere Date 05/11/19

Jim Ford; Second Chances Wildlife; Sheldon Tapley

S24 E15 Length 27:12 Premiere Date 05/04/19

Mustang Makeover; Bluegrass in Japan

S24 E14 Length 26:14 Premiere Date 04/27/19

Clogging; Ebonite Bowling Balls; Rough River; Forest Giants

S24 E13 Length 27:44 Premiere Date 04/20/19

Mushroom Festival; Spoonbread Festival; Robert Penn Warren

S24 E12 Length 25:13 Premiere Date 04/13/19

Young at Heart Band; Maple Ridge Soaps; Savage Radley

S24 E11 Length 25:27 Premiere Date 04/09/19

Somerset Art Scene; Aluminum Recycling; Brigid Kaelin

S24 E10 Length 25:50 Premiere Date 02/23/19

Exile; SuperChefs; Ulysses S. Grant

S24 E9 Length 25:08 Premiere Date 02/16/19

Joe Bowen; Mammoth Bones; Banana Festival

S24 E8 Length 26:23 Premiere Date 02/02/19

The Lee Initiative; Candleberry Candles; Daniel Goff

S24 E7 Length 25:42 Premiere Date 11/17/18

Dancing Well; Purple Toad Winery; Paradise Point

S24 E6 Length 26:00 Premiere Date 11/10/18

Heartbeats; Central Auto; Judy Drive-In

S24 E5 Length 25:19 Premiere Date 11/03/18

eKAMI; Schneider's Candies; Barber Legacy

S24 E4 Length 25:03 Premiere Date 10/27/18

Makerspace; Spinal Cord Injury; Frank Duveneck; Duncan Hines

S24 E3 Length 27:38 Premiere Date 10/20/18

Central Kentucky Tours; Harden Coffee; Wigwam Village

S24 E2 Length 25:18 Premiere Date 10/13/18

Wiffle Ball; Treehouses; Life in Lynch; Football Rivalry

S24 E1 Length 27:27 Premiere Date 10/06/18

USS Sachem

Clip Length 07:10 Premiere Date 02/06/23

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We celebrate Kentucky's musical heritage by visiting a town that's home to the legendary Bill Monroe and birthplace of bluegrass music; sit down with the queen of country music, Loretta Lynn; learn about The Hilltoppers' rise to fame, and listen to Louisville jazz musician Harry Pickens.

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Premiered On: 01/23/2021

Come to the table as we explore Kentucky's best dishes. Fans of barbequed mutton flock to a festival in Owensboro, diners get meals on the move from Louisville's food trucks, the famous dish created at the Brown Hotel in Louisville, and Appalachian spoonbread will melt in your mouth.

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We revisit stories on how African American winning jockeys dominated the early years of the Kentucky Derby; legendary distiller Elijah Craig; the mystery of white thoroughbreds; and Louisville's famous cocktail, the Old Fashioned.

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Explore artist Jayson Fann's repurposed wood sculpture "Spirit Nest" at Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest; famous works by Kentucky writer Walter Tevis; Cove Haven Cemetery in Lexington, built by the African-American community in the early 1900s; the Appalachian Horse Project in Jackson cares for free-roaming horses; and the world's tallest Sassafras Tree in Owensboro.

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Bob Haven of Lexington is known worldwide in the fashion industry for his Tambour beading; soap box derby racing is thriving in western Kentucky; the rich history of Huntertown community in Versailles; Somernites Cruise is a car enthusiast's dream in Somerset; the unusual history of the Triangular Jog that borders Kentucky and Tennessee.

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Learn the history of the 19th century Greek Revival mansion Waveland, now a state landmark; a Letcher County teacher is posting colorful murals with an unusual medium; the 1931 song by Florence Reece that became an anthem for the union miners' cause during the Harlan County Wars; and the bright murals of artist and Cynthiana native Wylie Caudill.

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Started in Rowan County in 1911, Cora Wilson Stewart thought up the idea of Moonlight Schools to combat adult illiteracy; the history of the iconic Paramount Arts Center in Ashland, Kentucky; first-generation Sri Lankan-American Sam Fore recounts her journey starting a small pop-up restaurant in Lexington; the unique Apple Valley Hillbilly Garden and Toyland in Calvert City.

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After a long hiatus, the Lexington Camera Club has reinvented itself with new collaborations; artist-blacksmiths Matthew and Karine Maynard are blurring the lines between function and sculpture; artist Charles Williams inspired the founding of Moveable Feast in Lexington; meet Kentucky writer Maurice Manning.

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Purrfect Day Cat Cafe; Elk Population; Restoration at Aviation Museum of Kentucky; AppHarvest

Purrfect Day Cafe provides a unique way of finding new homes for cats; after 25 years of restoration efforts, Kentucky's elk population is thriving; volunteers at the Aviation Museum of Kentucky restore aircraft and other aviation artifacts with a combination of research and dedication; AppHarvest seeks to provide quality jobs by growing tomatoes in Appalachia.

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Julia Perry; Morehead Space Science; Quilts of Valor; Hickory & Oak; Raceland

Learning about composer Julia Perry's life and work with the Lexington Philharmonic; NASA's Lunar IceCube satellite was developed and built at Morehead State University; honoring military veterans with handmade quilts; bringing Appalachian-inspired dishes to Bowling Green; remembering a Kentucky racetrack nearly 100 years later.

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Grayson Jenkins; Frankie's Corner; Patricia Neal; Western Library; Virginia Movie Theater

Musician Grayson Jenkins talks about growing up in Muhlenberg County; Frankie's Corner Little Thoroughbred Crusade introduces youth to the equestrian world; the career of Oscar-winning and Kentucky-born actress Patricia Neal; the Western Branch of the Louisville Free Public Library was the first public library built for and staffed by African Americans; The Virginia Theatre in downtown Somerset.

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Premiered On: 10/05/2013

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Pioneer Playhouse in Danville is a unique outdoor theater that has been open for seven decades; restoration efforts of the old Wayland gym in Floyd County will house a museum honoring the region's high school athletes; St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church in Louisville houses the skeleton remains of two 2000-year-old Roman Martyrs; a duo of plant-based restaurants in Lexington is challenging the notion that vegan foods are bland and boring.

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Dave Does It/Today's Special - Frances BBQ/Camp Springs/Ruby Moon Vineyard and Winery

Premiered On: 10/12/2013

In this season's first Dave Does It, Dave gets his sea legs in Paducah at the Seamen's Church Institute's Center for Maritime Education; Frances BBQ in Monroe County is Today's Special; the stone masonry of Camp Springs in Campbell County provides a unique beauty to the area; and Ruby Moon Vineyard and Winery in Henderson produces award-winning wines.

  • Monday March 6, 2023 3:30 pm ET on KETKY
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Lake Malone/Our Town - Winchester/Douglas Naselroad/Artists Collaborative Theatre

Premiered On: 10/19/2013

Dave explores the hardwood forests and sandstone bluffs of Muhlenberg County's Lake Malone with outdoor enthusiast Cory Ramsey; Winchester is Our Town; Amy Hess introduces us to Kentucky luthier Douglas Naselroad, a Master Artist in Residence at the Appalachian Artisan Center in Hindman; and Artists Collaborative Theatre has been promoting the performing arts in Pike County for over 10 years.

  • Tuesday March 7, 2023 3:30 pm ET on KETKY
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Haunts of Owensboro/Hardin Co. Marker/The Whipps/Louisville Food Trucks

Premiered On: 11/01/2013

The spooky side of local history is featured in the Haunts of Owensboro walking tours; the Haycraft Inn marker in Hardin County states it was a popular stop for stagecoaches; Greenup County band The Whipps play original music they call hick-hop; and Louisville food trucks offer a variety of cuisines.

  • Wednesday March 8, 2023 3:30 pm ET on KETKY
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Camp Nelson Honor Guard/West Liberty Monument/Aviation Heritage Park/Heroic Horse

Premiered On: 11/09/2013

"Kentucky Life" salutes America's veterans. The Camp Nelson Honor Guard is the resident volunteer guard of Camp Nelson National Cemetery in Jessamine County; a West Liberty monument honors women in military service; the Aviation Heritage Park in Bowling Green features military aircraft and is a memorial to distinguished aviators; and the story of Sgt. Reckless, the heroic horse who carried ammunition for the Marines during the Korean War.

  • Thursday March 9, 2023 3:30 pm ET on KETKY
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Boone's Bones/Taylor Co. Marker/Somerset's Fountain Square/Coal Country Beeworks

Premiered On: 11/16/2013

The gravesite of Kentucky frontiersman Daniel Boone is the number one tourist attraction in Frankfort, but is he actually buried there; a Taylor County historic marker describes the origins of Campbellsville University; Amy Hess tours the Pulaski County city of Somerset and visits its newly renovated Fountain Square; and in Perry County, Coal Country Beeworks is committed to re-establishing bees and beekeeping in the region.

  • Friday March 10, 2023 3:30 pm ET on KETKY
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Packhorse Library; Fall Traditions in Nancy; Robert Beatty; Beaver Dam Amphitheater

During the Great Depression, a group of women riding horses and mules brought books to the people of Appalachia; two local farms provide classic Fall activities in the small town of Nancy; Lexington artist Robert Beatty is one of the most recognizable creators of modern album artwork; Beaver Dam in Ohio County is making a big name for itself as a Kentucky concert destination.

  • Sunday March 12, 2023 7:00 am ET on KETKY
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Russell Fork Rafting; UK's Digital Restoration Initiative; Memory-Breaks Interstate Park; Bowling Green Youth Orchestra - S25 E22

  • Wednesday February 8, 2023 3:30 pm ET on KETKY
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Paris Fire Department; Memory-Agate Hunting; Artist Jonathan Queen; Florence Y'all - S25 E21

  • Tuesday February 7, 2023 3:30 pm ET on KETKY
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Music on Call; Memory-Magee's Transparent Pie; Vent Haven Museum; Camp Shakespeare - S25 E20

  • Monday February 6, 2023 3:30 pm ET on KETKY
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Hillbilly Days; Stitching the S.E.L.F.; Kentucky's Stonehenge; Friends of Eastern Cemetery - S28 E3

  • Thursday February 9, 2023 3:30 am ET on KETKY
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Louisville's Old Fashioned; Kentucky Springseat Saddle; Memory-Mountain Pleasure Horses; Secretariat Statue - S25 E19

  • Friday February 3, 2023 3:30 pm ET on KETKY
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Violins of Hope; Memory-Kentucky in Africa; Dr. Ephraim McDowell; USS Sachem - S25 E18

  • Thursday February 2, 2023 3:30 pm ET on KETKY
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Kentucky Ferries; Memory-Idlewild; Sneaker Culture; Pickleball - S25 E17

  • Wednesday February 1, 2023 3:30 pm ET on KETKY
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Women's History - S25 E16

  • Tuesday January 31, 2023 3:30 pm ET on KETKY
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Shaker Village Singer; Marsha Weinstein & the "Votes for Women" Trail; Memory-Hoop Fest; George C. Wolfe Honored - S25 E15

  • Monday January 30, 2023 3:30 pm ET on KETKY
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Packhorse Library; Fall Traditions in Nancy; Robert Beatty; Beaver Dam Amphitheater - S28 E2

  • Sunday February 5, 2023 2:30 am ET on KET2
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Julia Chinn; Memory-Barbara Kingsolver; Enid Yandell; Mary Todd Lincoln - S25 E14

  • Friday January 27, 2023 3:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Friday January 27, 2023 2:30 pm CT on KETKY

London Cycling; Dave's Memory-Fatherloss; Mays Lick Rosenwald School; Moment-Spring Beauty - S25 E13

  • Thursday January 26, 2023 3:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Thursday January 26, 2023 2:30 pm CT on KETKY

Alice Allison Dunnigan; Memory-Doug's First Segment; Wendover; Mary Ingles - S25 E12

  • Wednesday January 25, 2023 3:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Wednesday January 25, 2023 2:30 pm CT on KETKY

Bowman's Valley School; Byron's Memory-Tom T. Hall; Mutton; Moment-Prohibitionist Mural - S25 E11

  • Tuesday January 24, 2023 3:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Tuesday January 24, 2023 2:30 pm CT on KETKY

Bibb House Reunion; Memory-Freedom Singers; Goatscaping; Ché Rhodes; Moment-Clydesdales - S25 E10

  • Monday January 23, 2023 3:30 pm ET on KETKY
  • Monday January 23, 2023 2:30 pm CT on KETKY

Pioneer Playhouse; Mountain Sports Hall of Fame - Wayland Gym; Saints of Louisville; Plant-Based Lexington - S28 E1

  • Sunday January 29, 2023 2:30 am ET on KET2
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Conductor Amy Gillingham; Memory-Ray Harm Nature Paintings; Cedar Creek Lake; Madisonville Integration - S25 E9

  • Friday January 20, 2023 3:30 pm ET on KETKY
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Shelby Society; Dueling in Kentucky; Sisters of Charity of Nazareth; Byron Crawford Fireside Story - S25 E8

  • Thursday January 19, 2023 3:30 pm ET on KETKY
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Kids Quilting; Bengals Training Camp; Navajo Flute Maker/Player-Fred Keams; Game Designer-Kerry Breitenstein; Kentucky Castle - S25 E7

  • Wednesday January 18, 2023 3:30 pm ET on KETKY
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Camp Nelson Historic Photography; Camp Nelson Honor Guard; Equine Artist Jaime Corum; Coca Cola Art Deco Building; B24 Diamond Lil - S25 E6

  • Tuesday January 17, 2023 3:30 pm ET on KETKY
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Hopkinsville Eclipse; Eclipse at Franklin; Man o' War Anniversary; Lost John - S23 E2

  • Sunday January 22, 2023 2:30 am ET on KET2
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Stagecraft - Jecorey Arthur; Memorials; Beaumont Inn; Stand-Up Paddleboard - S25 E5

  • Monday January 16, 2023 3:30 pm ET on KETKY
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Haven Gillespie; Pasta Garage; Lexington Comic Con; Arson Dogs - S22 E12

  • Saturday January 21, 2023 3:30 pm ET on KETKY
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Famous Graves; Witches Tree; Haunted Perryville; Kelly Green Men - S25 E4

  • Friday January 13, 2023 3:30 pm ET on KETKY
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Elijah Craig; Mill Creek Lake; Hurricane Mine Disaster; Artist Vian Sora; Ducks - S25 E3

  • Thursday January 12, 2023 3:30 pm ET on KETKY
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Kentucky Music Hall of Fame; Old Friends, Old Foes; Louisville Select Boxing; Newport Aquarium - S25 E2

  • Wednesday January 11, 2023 3:30 pm ET on KETKY
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Paws on Patrol; Penn's Outhouse Races; Beer Cheese; Pralltown; Chicken Swap - S25 E1

  • Monday January 16, 2023 3:00 am ET on KET
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  • Tuesday January 10, 2023 3:30 pm ET on KETKY
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Idlewild Butterfly Farm; State Fair; Dan MacPhail Antlers; One Fateful Pitch - S23 E1

  • Sunday January 15, 2023 2:30 am ET on KET2
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50th Anniversary of the Moon Landing - S24 E20

  • Monday January 9, 2023 3:30 pm ET on KETKY
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Louisville Zoo - Part 3; Kentucky Postcards; Rhonda McEnroe - S22 E11

  • Saturday January 14, 2023 3:30 pm ET on KETKY
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Hosts

Our New Host, Chip Polston

Chip Polston will begin his tenure as host of Kentucky Life with the premiere of season 28.

A familiar face to Kentuckians, Chip has appeared on air during several KET pledge drives, was the host of KET’s Mixed Media and the longtime on-air personality for the Kentucky Lottery.

Chip is a graduate of Western Kentucky University and the University of Louisville. He is a lifelong Kentuckian and is thrilled to be traveling the state to highlight stories of the Commonwealth’s fascinating people and places.

Doug Flynn, Host for Seasons 21 – 27

Doug Flynn, former Major League Baseball player and current Cincinnati Reds broadcaster, began as the host of Kentucky Life in the 21st season.

During an 11-year MLB career, Flynn won two world championships with the Reds and a Gold Glove award at second base for the New York Mets.

Doug was born and raised in Lexington and is involved with numerous civic and charitable organizations, including Hope for the Warriors and the American Association for the Prevention of Substance Abuse in Athletics. He is a graduate of Somerset Community College, and a member of the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame.

Dave Shuffett, Host for Seasons 6 – 20

As host of Kentucky Life from 1999 to 2015, Dave Shuffett received nine Emmy nominations for on-camera performance and producing.

Shuffett is a native of Greensburg and a graduate of Murray State University. From 1989 to 1995, he served as both host and producer of Kentucky Afield.

Dave joined Kentucky Life for the series’ sixth season, replacing former host Byron Crawford. Shuffett was always accompanied by one of his dogs and they frequently appeared as “co-hosts.”

Dave lives in rural Central Kentucky and is the author of “My Kentucky Life,” a collection of his photos and stories of people and places throughout the state.

Byron Crawford, Host for Seasons 1 – 5

Kentucky native Byron Crawford hosted Kentucky Life from its debut in September 1995 through the summer of 1999.

He studied speech and broadcasting at Murray State University, then worked as a radio and television news reporter in Cincinnati and Louisville before beginning a newspaper career.

Byron wrote his “Kentucky Column” for the (Louisville) Courier-Journal from 1979 until 2008. Today he writes the back page column for Kentucky Living magazine.

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