Interview with James Harris


  • Identifier1981 OH 092
  • Date8/18/1976
  • InterviewerPerry, Jerry Paul
  • IntervieweeHarris, James
  • DescriptionJames 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 contribute to KET programming, which never fully coalesced into a common practice. Harris concludes that KET's early emphasis on program quality standards led them to adopt, rent, or buy programming from other states' public broadcasting agencies, which only served to deterred other in-state university facilities from developing programming for the education channel.
  • LocationRichmond, KY
  • Duration:49:33
  • Restrictionsnone
  • RightsContact Special Collections and Archives, Crabbe Library, Eastern Kentucky University for reproductions, rights and permission to publish.
  • Funding SourceThe digitization of the Kentucky Educational Television Project was funded by Kentucky Oral History Commission funding.


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