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Idlewild Butterflies; State Fair; Antler Art; Fateful Pitch

Get up close and personal with big bugs and beautiful butterflies at Idlewild Butterfly Farm in Louisville, Doug talks to Agricultural Commissioner Ryan Quarles about what makes the State Fair so special, artist Dan MacPhail uses antlers to make one-of-a-kind art, and two Kentuckians were at the heart of a tragedy at a Major League Baseball game in 1920.
Season 23 Episode 1 Length 26:31 Premiere: 10/07/17

Season Premiere: Idlewild Butterfly Farm, Antler Art, and More!

In the season premiere of Kentucky Life, Doug Flynn visits the Idlewild Butterfly Farm in Louisville. Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles shares what he thinks visitors to the Kentucky State Fair should be sure to see. Artist Dan MacPhail makes stunning art and furniture from antlers. A look back at baseball history includes a tragic story involving two Kentuckians.

Idlewild Butterfly Farm

Near the heart of downtown Louisville is an urban farm unlike any other. Idlewild Butterfly Farm is home to caterpillars and butterflies, along with a wide variety of tropical insects.

Owner Blair Leano-Helvey explains that Idlewild is three businesses in one. “In 2009, I began Entomology Solutions, which is getting growers off the chemical insecticides and on to bugs that eat other bugs: Bugs instead of drugs.”

Another segment of the business is the collection of tropical insects and arachnids housed at Idlewild’s insectarium. The facility is USDA permitted, meaning they’re authorized to import tropical insects for display and educational purposes, and to sell them to other permit holders, such as zoos.

Among the critters visitors can see in Idlewild’s tropical bug area are elephant beetles, Malaysian walkingsticks, and an emperor scorpion that glows in the dark. And while many people have a reflexive fear of spiders — Leano-Helvey points to research suggesting that arachnaphopia is in our DNA — one of the most popular residents of Idlewild is Blanchula the Tarantula.

But it’s the less creepy-crawly side of the insect business that gets the most attention.
“We’re also a butterfly farm,” Leano-Helvey says. “It is a true farm. We just have little livestock.”

Visitors can come and see butterflies through the various stages of metamorphosis, from caterpillar to chrysalis to butterfly. Some of the chrysalises are taken to zoos where people can watch the butterflies emerge. Idlewild also sells butterfly displays, which are popular at weddings and memorial services.

The butterflies are produced in Idlewild’s outdoor flight house. “Butterflies need two kinds of plant,” explains Leano-Helvey. “They need a host plant. Every species of butterfly has a plant that they lay their eggs on to continue the lifecycle. And then you need nectar plants, which provide food for adult butterflies.”

Leano-Helvey adds that if you want to attract butterflies to your own yard, you’ll need to have both kinds of plant.

“There are some flowers that provide more nectar than others,” she says. “Zinnias are a favorite. Cosmos are a favorite. Mexican sunflowers, lantanas. Those are all annuals. We also have great natives that flower late into the season and that’s important, especially when the monarchs start making their migration.”

Kentucky State Fair

Kentucky’s state fair is one of the oldest in the country, and each year approximately 600,000 visitors attend the event, which takes place in Louisville in August. Doug spoke with Ryan Quarles, Commissioner of Agriculture, about what visitors should look for at the fair.

“We’re very good at what we do in Kentucky,” says Quarles. “One thing we can do a better job of is telling consumers how food travels from the farm gate to the dinner plate and the Kentucky State Fair is a great way to explore and reconnect.”

The fair features exhibitions and competitions for all facets of Kentucky agriculture, from crops to livestock to the world’s championship horse show for American Saddlebred horses.

“I always recommend that people start off at the agriculture exhibits,” says Quarles. “Come see the state’s giant pumpkins that won this year. Check out some of our traditional crops like sorghum, and also look at some of our expanding opportunities, such as honey. [Honey is] the fastest growing Kentucky Proud product in our state right now.

“Kentucky is a big livestock state,” adds Quarles. “We have more beef cattle than any other state east of the Mississippi, so we take these livestock showing opportunities very seriously.”

Aside from the agricultural exhibits, the Kentucky State Fair offers exhibits for all things Kentucky in the south wing, rides on the midway, and a bountiful feast of fair food.

Dan MacPhail Studio

Artist Dan MacPhail has found his niche constructing furniture, lighting, and sculpture using antlers at his Dan MacPhail Studio in Ballard County. It may seem like an unlikely medium for someone of his background.

“Almost all the other antler guys have been carpenters or in a trade craft of some sort,” says MacPhail. “I come from a fine art background, and that’s different.” He adds that his knowledge of painting and restoration plays into the work he does with antlers.

“I really wasn’t a hunter and where I grew up there were no deer,” he says. “But I started thinking about what you could build out of antlers if you could get a hold of them.” MacPhail purchases antlers from brokers in Oregon and Idaho.

“He not only takes an antler and puts it together [perfectly] but it’s also the color and painting,” says Dennis Simonson, a customer and collector of MacPhail’s work. “You just think he stacked them there, and the colors are so beautiful you don’t realize he’s altered the colors. You look at other people’s work, they don’t go into that detail like MacPhail does.”

MacPhail attributes his superior results to his extensive experience in the medium. “I can take any antler, they can be rights or lefts, different colors, it doesn’t even matter,” he says. “I’ve been doing it so long that I can just make it work. It just looks like it was meant to flow together.”

One Fateful Pitch

A tragic incident that took place during a game between the Cleveland Indians and New York Yankees in 1920 has two Kentucky connections. Cleveland shortstop Ray Chapman was originally from Beaver Dam. Yankees pitcher Carl Mays was from Liberty. Their stories are forever intertwined in baseball history.

“Chapman was a career Cleveland player,” says Jeremy Feador, team historian for the Indians. “He was a selfless player, wanting to move guys over on base and amongst teammates, everyone loved him. He was one of those guys fans gravitated to.”

By contrast, Mays was known for being an aggressive player who tried to intimidate his opponents.

“Whether it was justified or not, Mays had a reputation as someone who would throw at you,” says Feador. “When you develop a reputation like that…you don’t get the benefit of the doubt when something happens.”

On a gray, rainy day in August in New York, Mays was pitching and Chapman was at bat. Mays was a submarine pitcher, meaning he used an unusual, low-to-the-ground style of pitching that can be exceptionally tough to hit. On that day, he pitched, and the crowd heard a crack. But it wasn’t the sound of the ball hitting a bat.

“Chapman never moved. He probably didn’t see the ball coming at him,” says Feador. “It hit him right in the head and it rolled out on the field like it was a bunt. Chapman immediately collapsed to the ground and was unconscious.”

Other players ran out to help him and doctors from the crowd rushed down to the field. They got him to his feet and started to walk him off the field, only to see him collapse again.

“They took Chapman across the street to a hospital,” says Feador. “That night they did an X-ray and figured out that there was a [skull] fracture. They performed surgery and removed a piece of his skull, but then it took a turn for the worse and he never recovered. Around 4:00 that morning he passed away.”

Chapman was newly married and his wife, Kathleen, who was pregnant with their first child, was called to come to New York, but she didn’t make it in time to see her husband before he died.

There are several factors blamed for that fateful pitch. At that time, team owners pressured the league to save money by reusing balls. By the fifth inning, when the incident occurred, the ball was covered in dirt and may have been hard to see against the gray sky. Couple that with Mays’ unconventional pitching style, and it seems Chapman may have been unable to see the ball coming at him.

Whether or not Mays intentionally threw too close to Chapman remains a mystery.

“Carl Mays was a really great pitcher who got overshadowed by this incident,” says Feador. “You look at his numbers and there are some people who say he could have been a hall of fame pitcher. But when people think you threw at a guy’s head and it killed him, it doesn’t help your chances of being voted into a hall of fame.”

The Cleveland Indians went on to win the 1920 World Series, wearing stripes on their sleeves in remembrance of their fallen shortstop.

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Season 23 Episodes

Refuge Ridge Wolf Dogs; Boundary Oak Distillery; Dippin Dots

S23 E15 Length 28:30 Premiere Date 06/02/18

Castle & Key; Children's Charity; La Grange; Mona Bismarck

S23 E14 Length 28:43 Premiere Date 05/26/18

Chia; Regional Meals; Farmer Brown Tha' MC; Venerable Trees

S23 E13 Length 27:56 Premiere Date 05/21/18

Speedzeum; Reptile Zoo; College Heights Brewery; Ward Hall

S23 E12 Length 26:06 Premiere Date 05/12/18

Treetop Adventure; Ward Hall; Feminist Artists of Kentucky

S23 E11 Length 27:30 Premiere Date 05/05/18

Bosnian Culture; Northern Kentucky Brotherhood; Wyatt Severs

S23 E10 Length 27:32 Premiere Date 04/28/18

South Union Shaker; Capital City Museum; West End Louisville

S23 E9 Length 27:52 Premiere Date 04/14/18

A Kentucky Christmas

S23 E8 Length 26:27 Premiere Date 12/23/17

Native Mounds and Celebrations; Bowfishing; Kathy Conroy

S23 E7 Length 28:02 Premiere Date 11/18/17

Veterans Day Salute

S23 E6 Length 28:20 Premiere Date 11/11/17

Aquaculture; Doug's Golden Retrievers; a Galactic Mission

S23 E5 Length 25:33 Premiere Date 11/04/17

Thomas Noble; Mt. Sterling; Three Toads; Bread of Life

S23 E4 Length 28:04 Premiere Date 10/28/17

Latitude Arts; Canoeing; Mine Disaster; Camp Zachary Taylor

S23 E3 Length 27:32 Premiere Date 10/21/17

2017 Eclipse; Man o' War; Native Peoples at Mammoth Cave

S23 E2 Length 28:36 Premiere Date 10/14/17

Idlewild Butterflies; State Fair; Antler Art; Fateful Pitch

S23 E1 Length 26:31 Premiere Date 10/07/17

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Premiered On: 02/20/2016

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Doug visits the Corbin plant of SEKRI (Southeastern Kentucky Rehabilitation Industries) and meets some of the employees with mental and physical challenges who produce textiles and clothing for the U.S. military; Doug goes to Save A Warrior in Versailles, an organization helping veterans struggling with PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder); on the campus of Western Kentucky University, the Kentucky Museum is recognized for the quality and diversity of its collections and its commitment to the Bowling Green community; and more ghostly apparitions and ghastly tales from the haunted history of Old Louisville. Hosted at the Life Adventure Center in Versailles.

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Premiered On: 03/26/2016

Doug tours Eminence Speaker in Henry County; in our first on a series of luthiers, we visit Frank Neat of Russell Springs who specializes in banjos and has made banjos for many famous musicians; and Tee Dee's Blues Club takes the spotlight in Lexington.

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Mammoth Cave celebrates its 75th anniversary as a National Park and its 200th anniversary of guided cave tours; Doug visits the Life Adventure Center and learns about their Vaulting program, best described as gymnastics on the back of a moving horse; and the Parklands of Floyds Fork in Louisville is breaking new ground as one of the largest and most ambitious urban parks in the nation.

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Premiered On: 04/16/2016

The couple behind Berea's Weavers Bottom Craft Studio create textiles, cornshuck dolls, and Minecraft worlds of outstanding beauty; luthier Bryan England of Caneyville shows off his mandolin-making skills; and photographer David Stephenson breeds, raises, and races pedigreed pigeons in Lexington.

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Premiered On: 04/23/2016

Lt. John Crittenden's watch survived the Battle of the Little Big Horn though he did not and now The Crittenden watch resides at the Kentucky Historical Society in Frankfort; the Minor E Clark Fish Hatchery in Morehead keeps anglers happy; Home Cafe & Marketplace in Bowling Green specializes in pizzas, sandwiches, salads, and desserts; and mathematician Elwyn Berlekamp launched his Fort Thomas high school education into a place at MIT, the Digital Revolution, and the stars.

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Premiered On: 05/21/2016

Doug meets the cute and cuddly newest members at the Cincinnati Zoo, Kentucky Life explores the facts and fiction behind the legend of Swift's Silver Mine, and Kentucky Horseshoeing School in Richmond takes Doug on as a new student.

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

Premiered On: 04/30/2016

It's Derby time! Ken Grayson's extensive horseracing memorabilia collection goes back to the early days of Keeneland and Churchill Downs; former Triple Crown hopefuls share their home with the horses that spoiled their title hopes at Old Friends Thoroughbred retirement farm in Georgetown; and artists of Gallopalooza create colorful images on fiberglass horse statues to encourage local exploration and civic pride.

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Premiered On: 02/16/2019

Chart-topping band Exile hits the road performing their greatest hits, step into the extraordinary at Louisville's superhero-themed restaurant SuperChefs, and explore the history of Ulysses S. Grant and his Kentucky connections and inspirations in this first of a three-part series.

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Paducah Moonshine; Kentucky Vietnam Veterans Memorial; Wald's Bicycles

Premiered On: 05/28/2016

The Moonshine Co. takes a family tradition of backcountry distilling to downtown Paducah, the Kentucky Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Frankfort honors those who gave their lives during this conflict in a profound way, and Maysville is the home of the Wald Cycle Company, a company with over a hundred years of ingenuity.

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Luthiers - Frank Neat, Bryan England, Neil Kendrick; Warren May

Premiered On: 09/24/2016

In this episode dedicated to Kentucky's stringed-instrument makers, Frank Neat of Russell Springs makes custom banjos for the likes of JD Crowe and "Call of the Wildman" personality Neal James; luthier Bryan England of Caneyville shows off his mandolin-making skills and custom inlay work; Menifee County luthier Neil Kendrick crafts beautiful guitars, including one for Rhonda Vincent & the Rage; and host Doug Flynn visits with Berea-icon Warren May for a dulcimer sing-along.

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Somerset Art Scene; Aluminum Recycling; Brigid Kaelin

Premiered On: 02/23/2019

Somerset rolls out the red carpet and puts their artists, musicians, and local brewery in the spotlight; the aluminum can in your fridge has a life cycle and migration you'll have to see to believe; and Brigid Kaelin brings Kentucky flair to an international audience through her Louisville roots.

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Speed Museum; Kentucky Gateway Museum Center; Lake Cumberland; Kenny's Farmhouse Cheese

Premiered On: 10/01/2016

Kentucky Life begins its new season! Doug Flynn explores all the additions and changes to the Speed Museum in Louisville, the Kentucky Gateway Museum Center in Maysville showcases its citizens' pride in their community, Lake Cumberland is a popular tourist destination and an engineering marvel, and Kenny's Farmhouse Cheese in Barren County is a model for the Kentucky Proud crowd.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Outdoors-Themed Program - S20 E15

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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

  • Monday September 19, 2022 3:30 pm ET on KETKY
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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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Eastern Kentucky PRIDE - S20 E12

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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

  • Friday September 9, 2022 3:30 pm ET on KETKY
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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

  • Monday September 5, 2022 3:30 pm ET on KETKY
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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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