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Kentucky Educational Television

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These interviews give a history of the development of the Kentucky Educational Television (KET) network, from its beginnings in the 1960s to 1971. Interviewees include political figures and others who helped to put the network together, including financial advisors, engineers, and executive director O. Leonard Press. They discuss the political background of KET's development, the difficulties in starting an educational television network, and many of the behind the scenes activities.

These interviews were conducted in preparation for a doctoral dissertation in mass communications at Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York.

Items in the Kentucky Educational Television Project

Edward Prichard discusses the politics of funding and launching KET. The interview provides a glimpse of the behind the scenes financial politicking that took place during the formative years of KET. Prichard shares his knowledge and opinions on the…

Don Bale, the Assistant Superintendent for Public Instruction with the Kentucky Department of Education and member of the KET Authority Board of Directors, discusses his involvement with KET. Bale comments extensively on the role he played in…

Leonard Press discusses his personal commitment to supporting, legislating, and promoting Educational Television programming and KET. Press comments extensively on various high level meetings with Governors Breathitt and Nunn, and other state…

Leonard Press discusses early budgeting pitfalls and successes and various technological complications that appeared while launching KET and Educational Television programming. Press continues his comments on the roles that Governors Combs and…

Leonard Press answers numerous questions that Jerry Paul Perry submitted prior to the interview's taping. Although the recording is technically not an unrehearsed taped interview, the answers' relevance to the project's overall scope justified its…

Ronald Stewart, the chief engineer of technical activity at all the KET production centers, discusses various technical challenges that KET faced during its early years. Interview topics include discussions over broadcast system site selections, the…

Elizabeth Taylor, a retired University of Kentucky faculty member discusses her involvement with KET in the early years of its existence. Taylor provides insight into the roles that she, Leonard Press, Dr. Lyman Ginger, Mr. Ronald Stewart, and other…

Wendell Butler discusses his role during the various stages of KET's development under the Administrations of Governors Combs, Breathitt, Nunn, and Carroll. He also comments on Leonard Press's commitment to making KET a reality, and provides…

Jim Peyton speculates about why higher education and university contributions to KET have been relatively low; he cites low budgets and lack of compensation for programming production as two possible reasons. Peyton also comments on the conflict…

Former Kentucky Governor Louie B. Nunn comments on the ways that he and his administration approached KET's development and funding. Governor Nunn shares his administration reasoning for supporting a Democratic initiative as a Republican governor;…

Adron Doran, House Speaker in 1950 and Kentucky's Representative in the Southern Education Regional Board, discusses his involvement with KET during its formative years. Doran was a liaison of sorts under the Governor Wetherby, who did not give ETV…

Jack Blanton explains how budget analysts convinced a somewhat skeptical Governor Nunn and his administration to continue to invest in KET. Blanton also discusses aspects of Governor Breathitt's approach to ETV and KET.

James Harris discusses KET's early philosophy on educational television, its stated priorities, and his involvement with KET during its formative years. Harris established EKU's TV production facility with a KET provided $200,000 budget. The initial…

Gordon Browning discusses his role in evaluating program development at Morehead State. Morehead's programming endeavor for a linguistics production series failed to produce airable, or KET approved/certified, programs. Browning's account can be…

Harry Lowman discusses the formative years of KET.

Al Temple discusses the formative years of KET.

Lyman Ginger discusses the formative years of KET.

Pete Manchikes discusses the formative years of KET.

Holman Wilson discusses the formative years of KET.

James Harris discusses the formative years of KET.

Former Kentucky Governor Edward Breathitt discusses the formative years of KET.

Leonard Press discusses the formative years of KET. The interview is the fourth of a four part series in the Kentucky Educational Television Project.

Former Kentucky Governor Bert T. Combs discusses the formative years of KET.

Lucile Blazer discusses the formative years of KET.

Former Kentucky Legislator Richard Van Hoose discusses the formative years of KET.

Bill Ladd discusses the formative years of KET.

Roy Owsley discusses the formative years of KET.

Don Bradshaw discusses the formative years of KET.

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