KET to produce episodes of ‘Kentucky Edition’ and ‘Kentucky Tonight’ in Owensboro

June 18, 2024 | 12:12 am

Updated June 18, 2024 | 1:44 am

Renee Shaw

Kentucky Educational Television (KET) is taping a few episodes of its award-winning programs “Kentucky Edition” and “Kentucky Tonight” at the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame and Museum from July 9-11. 

Hosted by Renee Shaw, the programs will feature stories about the Owensboro area and include conversations with some of the city’s business and civic leaders to hear more about the city and the priorities in the region.

“While we regularly report from areas across the state, spending time in a community, even a few days, provides an invaluable opportunity to truly engage with a community,” Shaw said in a release. “That’s why it’s important to us to take our public affairs programs on the road, and we can’t wait to learn more about all the exciting things happening in Owensboro. “

Shaw is the director of public affairs and moderator at KET, currently serving as host of KET’s weeknight public affairs program “Kentucky Edition,” the signature public policy discussion series ”Kentucky Tonight,” “KET Forums,” and the network’s elections coverage.

 Since 2001, she has been the producing force behind KET’s legislative coverage that has been recognized by the Kentucky Associated Press and the National Educational Telecommunications Association. 

Under her leadership, KET has expanded its portfolio of public affairs content to include a daily news and information program, Kentucky Supreme Court coverage, town hall-style forums, and multi-platform program initiatives around issues such as opioid addiction and youth mental health.  

“Kentucky Tonight” brings together an expert panel for in-depth analysis of major issues facing the Commonwealth. This weekly program features comprehensive discussions with lawmakers, stakeholders, and policy leaders.

Chris Joslin, executive director of the museum, said he’s honored that KET will use the facility to produce the programs. He’s excited to show off bluegrass in Owensboro.

“Our vision, for Owensboro, is to be the No. 1 destination for bluegrass music worldwide, but it’s not enough just to say the words,” he said. “We take action to attract people in music-related industry investment in our community, and part of that strategy is centered upon compelling events.”

Hank Phillips, President & CEO of the Kentucky Travel Industry Association, said the collaboration is a great opportunity. 

“Renee is an award-winning journalist who has a keen understanding of tourism and its importance, so Owensboro will benefit from her shows being there,” he said. “And Renee and the KET team will benefit from the firsthand experiences they will have during their visit.”

June 18, 2024 | 12:12 am

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