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Endowment for Kentucky Productions

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KET produces more original programs about the life and times of Kentucky than all of the state’s commercial stations combined and more local programming than any public television network in the nation. In addition to weekly series like Kentucky Life and Comment on Kentucky, compelling biographies have preserved the life lessons of the late Sally Brown; W.T. Young, Sr.; Thomas D. Clark; Senator Wendell Ford and other icons, while long-form documentary topics ranging from WWII veterans to basketball, Louisville to Northern Kentucky, united us as Kentuckians. Yet there are many more stories to tell.

Announced in 2007 and now topping $3 million thanks to major funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels, Keeneland, Alltech and more, this endowment enables KET to capture and celebrate stories about the people, places and heritage of the Commonwealth—in perpetuity.

  • Alltech
  • American Electric Power Foundation/ Kentucky Power
  • The late Mr. Hilary J. Boone, Jr.
  • The late Mrs. W.L. Lyons Brown
  • Brown-Forman
  • Marilyn & William Young Charitable Foundation
  • Mr. Alex G. and the late Anne Campbell, Jr.
  • Mrs. Carrie Cinnamond-Rose
  • The Cralle Foundation
  • Mr. Thomas P. and the late Clara Dupree, Sr.
  • Mr. and Mrs. Oakley and Eva Farris
  • The late Mr. Owsley Brown Frazier
  • Donna and the late John R. Hall
  • Harper Industries, Inc.
  • The late Ms. Laura E. Heddleson
  • Mr. and Mrs. Marshall Heuser
  • Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels
  • Humana Foundation
  • Keeneland Association
  • Marshall Charitable Foundation
  • Mrs. Ellen and the late Dr. George Rieveschl
  • Warren Rosenthal Foundation
  • The late Mr. Allen R. Carter Strickler
  • Titles funded in part by KET’s Endowment for Kentucky Productions (since 2007)
  • Thoroughbred (broadcast nationally on PBS)
  • Kentucky Collectibles (local version of Antiques Roadshow)
  • Ted Bassett: A Kentucky Gentleman
  • Actors Theatre of Louisville: 50th Anniversary
  • In Their Own Words: Kentucky Veterans of the Korean War
  • 10 Buildings that Changed Louisville
  • A Grand Night for Singing: 25th Anniversary
  • Kentucky’s Capitol
  • A History of Kentucky in 25 Objects
  • John Hall: A Kentucky Commodore
  • Forgotten Fame: The Marion Miley Story
  • The Hilltoppers
  • Vietnam War Veterans: In Their Own Words
  • Big Family: The Story of Bluegrass Music (broadcast nationally on PBS)
  • Kentucky Seasons
  • Angels on Horseback