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Audubon SP; Taylorsville; Constitution Square; Joe Downing

Doug explores historic, trendy, and tasty businesses in downtown Taylorsville; wetlands in Henderson are proud to be an addition to John James Audubon State Park; a look at the internationally renowned artist Joe Downing at the Downing Museum & Arboretum; and Danville's Constitution Square is the place to be for Kentucky's 225th anniversary of statehood.
Season 22 Episode 16 Length 27:47 Premiere: 05/09/17

Downtown Taylorsville, Audubon State Park, and More!

Host Doug Flynn explores the historic, the trendy, and the tasty in downtown Taylorsville. The John James Audubon State Park in Henderson adds 649 acres of wetlands. Explore the works of renowned artist Joe Downing at the Downing Museum & Arboretum in Bowling Green. Danville’s Constitution Square is the place to be for Kentucky’s 225th anniversary of statehood.

Taylorsville

If you like to hunt for antiques and one of a kind gifts, Taylorsville’s downtown is a treasure hunter’s delight.

This Spencer County town is home to a variety of shops on its historic Main Street. David M. Young, owner of the Tea Cup, said historic Main Street includes several businesses that have been around for years. “Luckily, they welcomed us. It was great as soon as we opened here, we fit right in.” The shop is known for Chicago-style cinnamon rolls (with butter, whipped cream and chocolate syrup) and its lunch specials.

The Red Scooter is owned by Beverly Bentley Ingram, who is also the Main Street program manager and a city commissioner. She sells antiques and gifts at the store, which has been operating for 21 years. “A new Main Street group came in several years back, and that’s why we have the benches and the street lights. We redid the sidewalks and made the welcome signs outside. We made Taylorsville more inviting,” she said.

Bennett Hardware & Paint has been in operation for a hundred years. Dee A. Oliver, owner of the store, said customers can expect hospitality and help to find what they need among the many items the store carries. “We have so many items in here. There’s some things that people would never think a hardware store would have,” she said.

One of the newer businesses in town is the Sassy Bunny, owned by Courtney D. Humes. The store carries locally made candles and soaps and gifts, as well as items that can be embroidered and monogrammed.
Humes also makes jewelry. “For about four years now I’ve been making bullet jewelry,” she said. “It’s where we take the headstamp of a bullet and have it cut off and we can use it on different items, such as earrings.”

Humes, a self-described city girl, has grown to love the small town atmosphere in Taylorsville. “I go in to local places; people know me, they know my kids. It’s safe. I wouldn’t change it,” she said.

Constitution Square

The official kickoff of Kentucky’s 225th anniversary of statehood will be in Danville. The state’s first constitution was signed on the site of what is now Constitution Square. On June 1, 1792, Kentucky became the 15th state in the Union.

Judge-Executive Harold McKinney and Jennifer Kirchner of the Danville-Boyle County Convention and Visitors Bureau described this year’s event. There will be music by a string band, a rifle salute, the singing of “Happy Birthday,” and the unveiling of the African American Business District exhibit. The day will also feature living history exhibits and tours.

“Boyle County and Danville are the cradle of the commonwealth. It was born here,” McKinney said.

Kirchner said people in Danville love their history. “We like to say if you love Kentucky, you’ll love Danville, because it all started here,” she said.

The county government took over ownership of the 3-acre park from the state about five years ago, McKinney said. The park has undergone renovations, focusing on historical preservation, economic development, and education. At the governor’s circle, there is a plaque for every governor. Gov. Steve Beshear was the first governor to attend the unveiling of his plaque, in 2016.

The June 1 anniversary events also coincide with the kickoff of the town’s Great American Brass Band Festival, June 1-4.

Audubon Wetlands

John James Audubon State Park recently acquired more than 640 acres, almost doubling the size of the park and adding prized wetlands.

“It gives us an opportunity to showcase a different type of ecosystem than you would find here at our usual park that’s been here for many years,” said Lisa Hoffman, program services supervisor at Audubon.

Zeb Weese, executive director of the Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission, said the main part of the park is mature forest. About half of the 640-acre addition is wetlands.

As trails are developed, hikers will go through a river bottomland, Hoffman said. The standing water attracts waterfowl like geese and wood ducks. “There’s also an opportunity to see bald eagles nesting on this new property. There’s a great blue heron rookery that you can observe,” she said.

A new, wheelchair-accessible boardwalk has been installed, the first of more to come, Weese said. “This was the brainchild of Friends of Audubon, the local group that helps with the park. And they’re instrumental, in getting the work done,” said Weese. “And this is the only wheelchair accessible facility of this kind in any of our natural areas in the state.”

Weese said people of all ages will benefit from the boardwalks. “It is difficult for the average person to get out here if they don’t have something like this boardwalk. Because you’re wearing hip-waders, you’re slogging through the muck. You can’t even canoe or boat this most of the time because the water level changes so rapidly and the vegetation is so thick. So this does allow kids of all ages to get out here, older folks, just about anybody can get out here and see a vantage point that is not seen in most wetlands.”

Hoffman said they bring in schoolchildren for field trips. “As school groups come in to Audubon State Park, I find that they don’t always get outdoors as much as you think kids would. And we try to show them some animals up close that would typically be in a woods, so they get to see them in a way they have not experienced before.”

After a few minutes on the trails, kids look at things in new ways. “Part of my job is to open up their experience and have them look at the small things that they might have just passed on by,” she said.

Weese said he’s seen otters, copper-bellied water snakes, snapping turtles, green tree frogs, salamanders, and dozens of herons. “This is becoming more and more popular for birders, not just in the Henderson area, but throughout Kentucky, to make a trip out here.”

The layout of the trails is still being worked out, but they will connect with the existing Audubon woodland trails and go all the way to the Ohio River. “It’s hard to imagine, but this is the first time the state park has actually connected to the Ohio River itself, with this addition here,” he said.

The effort to gain the wetlands began five years ago, when the previous landowner put the acreage up for auction. The purchase was funded by the Kentucky Heritage Land Conservation Fund.

“The Henderson area really has a lot of wetland habitat that we are working on conserving, and this is just one part of that puzzle. But this is the most accessible part, where people can come out and see what it’s all about,” Weese said.

The Downing Museum

The 115-acre Baker Arboretum overlooks Bowling Green and the Western Kentucky University campus. The Downing Museum opened at the arboretum in 2009, featuring the art of renowned abstract expressionist Joe Downing, as well as artists from Kentucky and around the world.

The arboretum was started in the early 1990s by Jerry Baker and landscape architect Mitchell Leichhardt. Martin Stone, PhD., director of the arboretum and the Leichhardt professor of horticulture at WKU, said that Baker was a fan of the arts.

“Mr. Baker, he considers horticulture one of the arts, and not so much of a science,” he said. “So then it was a natural fit that some of his favorite arts, horticulture and painting, should come together in one place here at the Baker Arboretum and the Downing Museum. So it’s a wonderfully beautiful place to be outdoors and indoors and see natural beauty and manmade beauty as well.”

Downing was born in Tompkinsville in 1927 and raised in Horse Cave. “He was involved in the Normandy invasion in World War II and fell in love with Europe, especially France and Paris,” said Jack LeSieur, director of the Downing Museum. “He went back to France later on after he completed his education, and became an artist.”

Downing exhibited internationally, and was one of the first Americans to exhibit at the Louvre in Paris. A WKU alumnus, he was friends with Baker and collaborated with him on the design of the Downing Museum. Downing died in 2007 in France, and the museum officially opened in 2009.

The Downing Museum is set up to teach visitors about the artist. “You’ll see how he was initially inspired to paint, and you can really see how his palette, and his technique, and his style changed throughout the years,” LeSieur said.

LeSieur believes the museum has the most comprehensive collection of Downing’s work in the world. “The work he is most famous for is abstract pieces, which were probably from about 1960 on. He really painted with a lot of color that he would see in nature around himself. He had a house in the south of France, so you can imagine the beautiful colors of the sky and the flowers.”

In 2013 a fire at the museum damaged the building and parts of the collection, LeSieur said. “Pretty much a lot of the work that was upstairs in the museum was completely damaged,” he said. The museum now has an artist in residence, Emily Lobb Hendricksen, who is working on restoring the damaged artworks.

Hendricksen said the damage was so extensive that it took more than cleaning to repair it. “I actually had to go back in and fill in entire sections that just had no paint at all,” she said. She prepared for the restoration with extensive research on Downing’s style.

The museum was designed with view of the arboretum in mind. The arboretum’s plant collections include conifers, Japanese maples and native redbuds and dogwoods. “When you’re in the museum it’s designed to feel like you’re outside in the garden,” he said. Large picture windows and walls of glass give views designed so that visitors can see a fountain or a special tree.

Many of the plants around the museum are meant to complement the stone and wood of the museum, as well as the paintings inside the museum, Stone said. “It’s truly an indoor-outdoor experience,” Stone said.
The museum is open 11 am-4 pm Tuesday through Friday, and noon-4 pm Saturday. The arboretum is open from 10 am-5 pm, April 1-Oct. 31, and 10 am-4 pm Nov. 1-March 31.

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Season 22 Episodes

Exploring the Louisville Zoo

S22 E20 Length 27:12 Premiere Date 06/24/17

Beverly Hills Supper Club; Valhalla Golf Course; Lynch

S22 E19 Length 27:15 Premiere Date 05/27/17

Devou Park; Big South Fork; Racehorse Lexington

S22 E18 Length 26:41 Premiere Date 05/20/17

Midwives; Sports Radio; Rowan Co. Broadcasters

S22 E17 Length 27:18 Premiere Date 05/13/17

Audubon SP; Taylorsville; Constitution Square; Joe Downing

S22 E16 Length 27:47 Premiere Date 05/09/17

Miniature Horse; Farm Machinery; Kentucky's Anniversary

S22 E15 Length 26:43 Premiere Date 05/02/17

Winery Visit; Primate Rescue; Pianist Kory Caudill

S22 E14 Length 24:30 Premiere Date 04/24/17

Breweries; a Botanical Garden; Singer Kelsey Waldon

S22 E13 Length 28:01 Premiere Date 04/17/17

Songwriting; Comic-Con; Bloodhounds

S22 E12 Length 27:03 Premiere Date 04/10/17

Louisville Zoo-Part Three, Old Postcards; Kentucky Wesleyan

S22 E11 Length 27:42 Premiere Date 02/25/17

Louisville Zoo-Part Two; Carter G. Woodson Center; Hickman

S22 E10 Length 27:50 Premiere Date 02/18/17

Louisville Zoo-Part One; Charles Young; Rosine

S22 E9 Length 28:33 Premiere Date 02/11/17

Alpacas; Rock Climbing; Kentucky By Design

S22 E8 Length 26:55 Premiere Date 02/04/17

Botherum House; Baker-Bird Winery; Minnie Adkins

S22 E7 Length 26:41 Premiere Date 11/19/16

Good Works in Kentucky

S22 E6 Length 26:08 Premiere Date 11/12/16

Celebrating Kentucky Veterans

S22 E5 Length 28:01 Premiere Date 11/05/16

Sculpture Park; Red Bird Mission; Hilltoppers Preview

S22 E4 Length 25:18 Premiere Date 10/22/16

KY Life Theme Song; Glema Mahr Center; Indigenous Life in KY

S22 E3 Length 25:24 Premiere Date 10/15/16

Maysville; Ceramics; Walt’s Hitching Post; Columbus Belmont

S22 E2 Length 28:31 Premiere Date 10/08/16

Speed and Gateway Museums; Lake Cumberland; Kenny’s Cheese

S22 E1 Length 28:55 Premiere Date 10/01/16

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Silver Run Ceramics; Maysville; Walt's Hitching Post; Columbus Belmont State Park

Premiered On: 10/08/2016

Silver Run Ceramics in Boyd County combines the functional with the beautiful in their pottery, Doug Flynn basks in the scenic beauty and rich culture of Maysville, Walt's Hitching Post is an iconic Fort Wright restaurant, and Columbus Belmont State Park memorializes the site of a Civil War battle that marked the rise of Ulysses S. Grant.

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New Theme Song - Kentucky Bound; Glema Mahr Center for the Arts; Fort Ancient Native Americans

Premiered On: 10/15/2016

Go into the recording studio with Doug Flynn and songwriter Greg Austin as "Kentucky Life" debuts its new theme song "Kentucky Bound", the Glema Mahr Center for the Arts in Madisonville showcases regionally and nationally known performers, and learn more about Native American life in northern Kentucky prior to Columbus.

  • Thursday October 27, 2022 3:30 pm ET on KETKY
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Josephine Sculpture Park; Red Bird Mission; The Hilltoppers

Premiered On: 10/22/2016

Art meets the earth at Josephine Sculpture Park in Frankfort, Red Bird Mission has been a force for good in southeastern Kentucky since 1921, and fans of the musical group The Hilltoppers will enjoy this sneak peek from "Kentucky Muse", debuting in October 2016.

  • Friday October 28, 2022 3:30 pm ET on KETKY
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Mountain Mushroom Festival; Spoonbread; Robert Penn Warren

Premiered On: 04/13/2019

Morels are the rockstars of mushrooms, and Irvine celebrates them at the annual Mountain Mushroom Festival; Berea's Spoonbread Festival highlights this traditional Appalachian food, and Kentucky can boast the only American author awarded both a fiction and a poetry Pulitzer Prize, to Guthrie's own Robert Penn Warren.

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Flag Retirement; Willa Brown Chappell; Saddlemaker Pete Harry; EKU Veterans

Premiered On: 11/05/2016

This Veterans Day program looks at U.S. flags respectfully laid to rest by the Jeffersontown American Legion in one of the nation's largest flag retirement ceremonies; Willa Brown Chappell of Glasgow broke barriers as an African-American female pilot who trained Tuskegee Airmen; a veteran of Vietnam demonstrates his saddle-making skills in Christian County; and Doug visits Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond to discover why this university is one of the top destinations for veterans.

  • Monday October 31, 2022 3:30 pm ET on KETKY
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Young at Heart Big Band; Maple Ridge Soaps; The Savage Radley

Premiered On: 04/06/2019

Young at Heart's group of octogenarians keep the classics alive by performing throughout Central Kentucky, Maple Ridge Soaps in Bracken County makes soap the natural and 2800 B.C. way, and western Kentucky's The Savage Radley sing about small-town Kentucky life.

  • Saturday October 22, 2022 8:00 pm ET on KET
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Missionaries of Charity; Grace Cafe; KSNPC Volunteers; Misfit Island

Premiered On: 11/12/2016

This program looks at those who do good work. As Mother Teresa becomes Saint Teresa, "Kentucky Life" visits her Missionaries of Charity chapter in Jenkins; Danville's Grace Cafe is a pay-what-you-can community restaurant committed to providing locally-sourced, nutritious food to residents; volunteers keep Kentucky's State Nature Preserves in fine form; and Misfit Island Wildlife Rescue Center cares for hundreds of animals in Henderson.

  • Tuesday November 1, 2022 3:30 pm ET on KETKY
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Baker-Bird Winery; Botherum House; Minnie Adkins

Premiered On: 11/19/2016

Baker-Bird Winery in Augusta lays claim to the glory days of a historic Northern Kentucky winery, garden designer Jon Carloftis and Dale Fisher share the history and beauty of their restored 19th century home in downtown Lexington, and "Kentucky Life" revisits with famed folk artist Minnie Adkins.

  • Wednesday November 2, 2022 3:30 pm ET on KETKY
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Eagle Bend Alpacas; Torrent Falls Climbing Adventure; Kentucky By Design

Premiered On: 02/04/2017

Eagle Bend Alpacas is home to 150 alpacas in Boone County, Torrent Falls Climbing Adventure in Campton brings European climbing techniques to the Red River Gorge, and Kentucky By Design explores our state's arts and craft contributions to The Index of American Design.

  • Thursday November 3, 2022 3:30 pm ET on KETKY
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Louisville Zoo - Part 1; Col. Charles Young; Rosine

Premiered On: 02/11/2017

In the first of a three-part series, Doug visits the Louisville Zoo; a profile of accomplished African-American Col. Charles Young; and Rosine, Kentucky is the home of bluegrass legend Bill Monroe and the Rosine Barn Jamboree.

  • Friday November 4, 2022 3:30 pm ET on KETKY
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Clogging; Ebonite Bowling Balls; Rough River Dam State Park; Forest Giants

Premiered On: 04/20/2019

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; a Danish artist brings Forest Giants to the giant forest at Bernheim in Bullitt & Nelson counties.

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Sparta Speedway; The Blue Raven Restaurant & Pub; Life Adventure Center; 'Wild Bill' Gordon - S21 E6

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The Lee Initiative; Candleberry Candles; Daniel Goff - S24 E7

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Haunted Louisville - Part 2; Doe-Anderson; Merle Travis; Justin Roberts - Walk the Willow - S21 E5

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PhbeaD; Doug's Baseball Highlights; Luthier Neil Kendrick - S21 E16

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Joe Bowen; Mammoth Bones; Banana Festival - S24 E8

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Martin's Fork; Dragon Boat Races; Tewes Poultry Farm - S21 E4

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The War of 1812 - S21 E3

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Dancing Well; Purple Toad Winery; Paradise Point - S24 E6

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Today's Special - Dixie Chili and Diner; Coal Camps; Our Town - Columbia; Josh Samples - S20 E19

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Ken Grayson's Horse Memorabilia; Triple Crown Hopefuls - Old Friends; Gallopalooza - S21 E15

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Princess Alice Gurielli & Dimitrie Berea; Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Intl. Airport; Todd Co. Marker; Lighthouse Landing - S20 E18

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Derby-Themed Program - S20 E16

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Heartbeats; Central Auto; Judy Drive-In - S24 E5

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Kentucky Mainstreet; Our Town-Booneville; Conrad-Caldwell House Museum; Historical Marker; Maysville's Gateway Museum Center - S20 E14

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The Crittenden Watch; Minor E Clark Fish Hatchery; Home Cafe & Marketplace; Elwyn Berlekamp - S21 E14

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Downtown Paducah; Today's Special - Peak Bros. Bar-B-Que; Aaron Kizer; Warren Co. Marker; The Historic Railpark and Trail Museum - S20 E13

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Our Town-Bellevue; Chandler's-Today's Special; Susan & George Miller; St. Claire Medical Center; Sister Jeanne Francis Cleves - S20 E11

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Hotel Metropolitan; Cabin Creek Covered Bridge Marker; Emerald Ash Borer; Our Town - Hazard - S20 E10

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eKAMI; Schneider's Candies; Barber Legacy - S24 E4

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Old Airdrie; Himlerville; Sherman Cahal; Louisville Historic House - S20 E9

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Weavers Bottom Craft Studio; Luthiers - Bryan England; David Stephenson - S21 E13

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"Sultana" Disaster; General Lloyd Tilghman Marker; Louisville's Mega Cavern; Kentucky Ingrained LLC - S20 E8

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Jerry Bransford; Dr. Thomas Walker Markers; Eugene McMahan & Sons Furniture; Harper's Country Hams - S20 E7

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Painter Steve White; Downtown Paris; The Potter's Inn Bed and Breakfast; 5th U.S. Colored Cavalry - S20 E6

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Veterans Day Program - S20 E5

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Makerspaces; Spinal Cord Injury; Frank Duveneck; Duncan Hines - S24 E3

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Hitcents Park Plaza; The Kentucky Tragedy; Morehead State University; White Nose Syndrome - S20 E4

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Mammoth Cave; Vaulting at Life Adventure Center; The Parklands of Floyds Fork - S21 E12

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Hosts

Our Current Host, Doug Flynn

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 the program 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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