1. Support student achievement. Provide standards-based instructional resources and services for teachers, students, adult learners, and the education community. KET will contribute to the professional growth of educators and the development of an educated workforce.
KET enjoys a stellar reputation nationally for excellence
across the Public Broadcasting System. It is widely understood throughout the industry that KET is a flagship,
a celebrated leader. And among its
accolades, KET’s commitment to local productions is unmatched since KET
produces more local productions than any other PBS station.
To ensure a stable funding source
that guarantees in perpetuity local production capacity and ensures access to a
lifelong learning gift for all our citizens and students, we have established
the Kentucky Productions Endowment.
KET’s local productions celebrate, preserve, and share
stories about the people, places, and heritage of Kentucky. These stories remind all Kentuckians of what makes this Commonwealth
May these stories inspire ideas, make connections, and help
the youth to carry on the legacy to preserve a very special place in this
productions include educational, biographical, cultural, business, and public
affairs programs that document the people, places, issues, and heritage of the
Commonwealth. Presently, 7,500 hours of original programs which are available
nowhere else document 38 years of Kentucky
heritage. These productions are designed
to be used on-air, in the classroom, on-line, and for research.
The foundation of the public’s trust and confidence in KET
rests with our quality, integrity, and programming independence throughout
years of differing political, social and economic circumstances. This independence is made possible by 29,000
annual donors, corporations and foundations that comprise the largest source of
annual private support for KET and the volunteer spirit of over 1,000
A more predictable and stable funding source, insulated from
fluctuating economies, will secure KET’s ability to provide the programs
Kentuckians not only need, but have come to expect. A program endowment will guarantee in
perpetuity a reliable recording of the life and times of the Commonwealth—a
lifelong-learning gift for students, teachers, citizens and future generations
and an ongoing and more comprehensive Kentucky
archive for learners, researchers and viewers.
This $2 million endowment for local productions will allow
us to achieve certain production targets, such as:
KET has had a vision to improve the quality of life of
Kentuckians, individually and collectively. KET has honored that mission and vision in every sense.
As the only state-wide media source, KET is a unique, transformational
force harnessing the power of television to nurture the human mind, cultivate
strong families, and build robust communities. KET brings the world to the Commonwealth airing the finest of national
PBS productions such as Masterpiece
Theatre, Nova and NewsHour. Using production studios in Louisville
and Lexington, KET chronicles Kentucky’s heritage and culture in the
finest feature and documentary programs. Such video is made available for researching, teaching, and private
Partnering with 1,700 public schools and more than 160 local
and statewide social, educational, governmental, and civic organizations, KET manages
direct educational services targeting underserved populations’ needs. KET is the nation’s premier producer of adult
learning programs such as GED Connections. The latest revolution in teaching and
learning is KET’s EncycloMedia, an
online tool that gives teachers the resources to inspire future generations.
KET’s broadcasting and services overcome barriers –
geographic and circumstantial – to nurture the human mind and spirit so that a
person may achieve his/her potential.
With a donation of $1 million, the W. Paul and Lucille Caudill Little Arts Endowment was established. Mrs. Little's gift, the largest donation in KET history at the time, was matched by other private donations over five years, including the Steele-Reese Foundation, and used for the purchase and production of arts programming for Kentucky schools.
KET houses one of the nation’s most innovative public television production facilities, made possible by funding from state appropriations.
Kentuckians can count on KET to expand its array of local content online with more streaming video and podcasts, as well as more opportunities for deeper exploration of program topics.
New programs, deeply rooted in the history and heritage of Kentucky, remain a priority at KET.
Local programs, designed with community needs in mind, are produced in HD. Kentucky-focused magazine and arts programs will continue to reflect our common bonds, while KET’s deep slate of public-affairs programming will continue to explore the ideas and people that keep our state vital.
By providing even more purpose-built educational content and HD programs that explore Kentucky, KET will expand its commitment to make our Commonwealth stronger.
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