Browse Interviews (7 total)

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 ways that the state government and Governors Combs, Breathitt, Nunn, and Ford approached KET's…

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 negotiating KET legislation, and launching and running KET operations. He also comments on the opinions and…

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 government officials who were either reluctant to support or possessed a deep personal commitment to…

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 reasons behind utilizing microwave systems over cable broadcast technologies, major KET network…

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 information on the role that the Kentucky Department of Education played during the formative years of…

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 any consideration, until he took a faculty position at Morehead State. Thereafter, and not until…

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 plan was for each of the five major state universities to create such a facility so they could…
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