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Kentucky Educational Television
Type Non-commercial "Broadcast television network
Branding KET (general)
KET: The Kentucky Network (secondary)
Country "United States
First air date
September 23, 1968; 48 years ago (1968-09-23)
Availability "Kentucky (statewide)
southern "Illinois
southern "Indiana
southeast "Missouri
southwest "Ohio
northern "middle and northwest "Tennessee
far western "Virginia
western "West Virginia
"Slogan Explore Kentucky, Explore the World.
TV transmitters 16
Headquarters "Lexington, "Kentucky, "United States
Owner Kentucky Authority for Educational Television
Parent Commonwealth of Kentucky
Established 1962
Launch date
September 23, 1968 (1968-09-23)
Picture format
"480i ("SDTV) (1968–2008)
"720p ("HDTV) (2008–present)
"Affiliation "PBS
"Affiliates "see article
Former "affiliations
"NET (1968–1970)
Official website
ket.org

Kentucky Educational Television (also known as KET: The Kentucky Network, or simply KET) is a "state network of "PBS "member "television stations serving the "U.S. "Commonwealth of "Kentucky. It is owned and operated by the Kentucky Authority for Educational Television, which holds the licenses for almost all of the PBS member stations licensed in the state with the exception of "WKYU-TV (channel 24) in "Bowling Green. KET is the largest PBS state network in the United States;[1] the broadcast signals of its sixteen stations cover almost all of the state, as well as parts of "Illinois, "Indiana, "Missouri, "Ohio, "Tennessee, "Virginia and "West Virginia.

The network's offices, network center and primary studio facilities are located at the O. Leonard Press Telecommunications Center on Cooper Drive in "Lexington, adjacent to the campus of the "University of Kentucky. (It should be noted that KET has no other direct affiliation with the university.) KET also has production centers in "Louisville as well as at the "Kentucky State Capitol Annex in "Frankfort. KET carries national programming from PBS and "American Public Television along with a wide range of "local programming, basic skills and workplace education.[1]

Contents

History[edit]

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Overhead view of transmitter tower in Ashland, belonging to KET satellite WKAS.

Creation of the network[edit]

KET was founded by O. Leonard Press, a member of the University of Kentucky "faculty, who was a pioneer in educational broadcasting. Before coming to the university, Press had developed the weekly broadcast from the "National Press Club, which has aired for over half a century. In the mid-1950s, he taped a popular anthropology course, and the response to the telecourses was positive enough for Press and two of his colleagues to consider founding an "educational television station at the University of Kentucky. This was a natural choice given UK's history in educational broadcasting. UK had been involved in broadcasting in one form or another since 1921, and operated WBKY (now "WUKY), the nation's oldest educational radio station on the FM dial.

This drive failed, but Press and his colleagues decided to set their sights higher and make a bid for a statewide educational television network along the lines of Alabama Educational Television (now "Alabama Public Television). At the time, the only educational station in Kentucky was WFPK-TV (channel 15, now KET outlet WKPC-TV) in "Louisville, which signed on the air on September 8, 1958. Before KET signed on, the only areas of Kentucky that received a clear signal from an educational television station were "Northern Kentucky (from "WCET in "Cincinnati), the "Jackson Purchase (from "WSIU-TV in "Carbondale, Illinois), and certain areas of "South Central Kentucky near the Tennessee state line (from WDCN (now "WNPT) in "Nashville, Tennessee).

The idea gained little momentum until 1959, when Press addressed the local "Rotary Club in the state capital of "Frankfort and a story about it appeared in "The Courier-Journal newspaper. After landing support from UK officials, what was supposed to be a short meeting with "Governor "Bert T. Combs turned into a proposal to start the state network. The Kentucky Authority for Educational Television was created in 1962 with Press serving as its executive director.[2]

The project made little progress until 1965 when "Ashland Oil founder "Paul G. Blazer personally acquired the first thirteen transmitter sites and then gifted the sites to the authority. Ownership of the sites led to KET's expanded inclusion in the state budget and eligibility for "United States Department of Health, Education and Welfare and "Appalachian Regional Commission grants.[3]

First years on air (1968–1989)[edit]

KET finally took to the air on September 23, 1968 with programming "relayed on 10 stations. The ten charter stations of the network were flagship station "WKLE-TV/Lexington, along with "WKAS-TV/"Ashland, "WKGB-TV/"Bowling Green, "WKZT-TV/"Elizabethtown, "WKHA-TV/"Hazard, "WKMA-TV/"Madisonville, "WKMR-TV/"Morehead, "WKON-TV/"Owenton, "WKPI-TV/"Pikeville, and "WKSO-TV/"Somerset.

Over the next 13 years after the network's sign-on, five more full-power stations were added to the network:

Before joining PBS in 1970, KET was a member of its predecessor, "National Educational Television, for its first two years of operation.

The first instructional television (ITV) program produced by KET was Kentucky is My Land, which premiered in late 1968.[4]

Originally operating only during school hours, within a year it had acquired enough support to begin broadcasting its programming during the evening as well.[2] By 1975, it was showing programming seven days a week.[5]

The network began nightly coverage of the "Kentucky General Assembly in 1978.

The KET Fund for Excellence, one of the network's sources of funding is established in 1981. One year later in 1982, KET Enterprises is created as a syndication arm of KET to develop, acquire and distribute educational programs nationally to and from other PBS affiliated networks.[6]

Star Channels and distance learning[edit]

From 1988 through the 1990s and early 2000s, KET's Star Channels satellite network brought hundreds of hours worth of instructional programming and professional development seminars to schools all over Kentucky.[7][8][9] The Star Channels received the national Innovations Award from the Ford Foundation in 1991.[10] KET Star Channels 703 and 704 were eventually converted into satellite-exclusive television channels that were entirely different from the over-the-air KET schedule, similar to those of KET3 and KET4 when they were launched in the early 2000s. Star Channels 703 and 704 were also available to "C-band "free-to-air satellite television users.[11]

Creation of a second service[edit]

On May 30, 1997, the Kentucky Authority for Educational Television acquired the license for Louisville's then-standalone WKPC-TV from locally based Fifteen Telecommunications, Inc. The FCC approved the sale three days later, on June 2. KET's statewide schedule moved to WKPC from the network's original station, WKMJ-TV on July 1. WKMJ went silent on that day for an upgrade on its transmitter. Its August 1997 return to the air marked the launch of KET's second service, KET2, which was intentionally made to be tailored to the Louisville metropolitan area.[12][13]

Kentucky's first digital television station[edit]

WKPC-TV's digital signal, WKPC-DT, was the first KET affiliate to broadcast in digital, and Kentucky's first digital television station. On August 19, 1999, that station's digital signal was turned on by then-Kentucky governor "Paul E. Patton as part of the opening day festivities of the Kentucky State Fair.[14][15]

Programming[edit]

Current programming[edit]

Former programming[edit]

In 1987, KET, along with "Detroit, Michigan "ABC affiliate "WXYZ-TV, produced "Learn to Read, an adult educational program that teaches reading skills and it was hosted by entrepreneur and "literacy advocate "Wally Amos. Amos was also the host of another KET-produced adult literacy program, Another Page.

Prior to 2002, KET went "off the air every night at midnight E.T. (11 p.m. CT). The network used to "sign off with the playing of ""My Old Kentucky Home", which is the official "state song of Kentucky. The film featured scenes from all areas of Kentucky, including Fort Boonesborough, the Jefferson Davis Monument, the Lincoln Birthplace, "Kentucky Horse Park, and more.[20]

Stations[edit]

KET[edit]

KET, available to all cable subscribers in Kentucky,[21][22] broadcasts locally produced cultural and public information programs about the state, programs produced by independent Kentucky filmmakers, prime-time programming from PBS, PBS Kids series, and GED, how-to and adult education programs.[23]

As it is one of a few PBS member state networks[1] encompassing two time zones, KET's programming operates on an "Eastern Time Zone schedule; in "promos, online guides on the network's website and print advertisements, airtimes within the "Central Time Zone (which covers the western part of the state) are identified secondarily, in the manner of the "Eastern/Central" scheduling references used by many national "broadcast and cable networks. Most of the KET stations have callsigns beginning with "WK", with the exception of "Covington-licensed WCVN-TV.

Stations
Station "City of license "Channels
"TV / "RF
First air date "Call letters'
meaning
"ERP "HAAT "Facility ID Transmitter Coordinates
WKAS "Ashland
("Huntington, West Virginia/"Portsmouth, Ohio)
25 ("PSIP)
26 ("UHF)
September 23, 1968; 48 years ago (1968-09-23) Kentucky
AShland
61.3 "kW 137 m 34171 38°27′43.7″N 82°37′11.8″W / 38.462139°N 82.619944°W / 38.462139; -82.619944 (WKAS)
WKGB-TV "Bowling Green ("Glasgow) 53 (PSIP)
48 (UHF)
September 23, 1968; 48 years ago (1968-09-23) Kentucky
Green
Bowling
54.8 kW 234 m 34177 37°5′22.7″N 86°38′5″W / 37.089639°N 86.63472°W / 37.089639; -86.63472 (WKGB-TV)
WCVN-TV "Covington ("Cincinnati, Ohio) 54 (PSIP)
24 (UHF)
September 8, 1969; 47 years ago (1969-09-08) CoVingtoN 53.5 kW 117 m 34204 39°1′50.6″N 84°30′23″W / 39.030722°N 84.50639°W / 39.030722; -84.50639 (WCVN-TV)
WKZT-TV "Elizabethtown ("Fort Knox) 23 (PSIP)
43 (UHF)
September 23, 1968; 48 years ago (1968-09-23) Kentucky
EliZabethTown
61 kW 178 m 34181 37°40′55.2″N 85°50′31.2″W / 37.682000°N 85.842000°W / 37.682000; -85.842000 (WKZT-TV)
WKHA "Hazard 35 (PSIP)
16 (UHF)
September 23, 1968; 48 years ago (1968-09-23) Kentucky
HAzard
53.2 kW 369 m 34196 37°11′34.2″N 83°11′17.4″W / 37.192833°N 83.188167°W / 37.192833; -83.188167 (WKHA)
WKLE "Lexington ("Frankfort) 46 (PSIP)
42 (UHF)
September 23, 1968; 48 years ago (1968-09-23) Kentucky
LExington
45.8 kW 257.6 m 34207 37°52′45″N 84°19′32.8″W / 37.87917°N 84.325778°W / 37.87917; -84.325778 (WKLE)
WKPC-TV1 "Louisville ("New Albany-"Jeffersonville, Indiana) 15 (PSIP)
17 (UHF)
September 8, 1958; 58 years ago (1958-09-08) Kentucky
Park
Central
(for Central Park)
-or-
Kentucky
Public
Communications
60.3 kW 237 m 21432 38°22′1.6″N 85°49′53.8″W / 38.367111°N 85.831611°W / 38.367111; -85.831611 (WKPC-TV)
WKMA-TV "Madisonville 35 (PSIP)
42 (UHF)
September 23, 1968; 48 years ago (1968-09-23) Kentucky
MAdisonville
55.1 kW 298 m 34212 37°11′21.3″N 87°30′49″W / 37.189250°N 87.51361°W / 37.189250; -87.51361 (WKMA-TV)
WKMR "Morehead 38 (PSIP)
15 (UHF)
September 23, 1968; 48 years ago (1968-09-23) Kentucky
MoRehead
51.4 kW 289 m 34202 38°10′38.3″N 83°24′17.2″W / 38.177306°N 83.404778°W / 38.177306; -83.404778 (WKMR)
WKMU "Murray ("Mayfield) 21 (PSIP)
36 (UHF)
October 9, 1968; 48 years ago (1968-10-09) Kentucky
MUrray
56.9 kW 187 m 34174 36°41′34.2″N 88°32′10.6″W / 36.692833°N 88.536278°W / 36.692833; -88.536278 (WKMU)
WKOH "Owensboro ("Henderson/"Evansville, Indiana) 31 (PSIP)
30 (UHF)
December 31, 1979; 37 years ago (1979-12-31) Kentucky
OHio Valley
-or-
Kentucky
Owensboro
Henderson
63.3 kW 124 m 34205 37°51′7″N 87°19′44″W / 37.85194°N 87.32889°W / 37.85194; -87.32889 (WKOH)
WKON "Owenton 52 (PSIP)
44 (UHF)
September 23, 1968; 48 years ago (1968-09-23) Kentucky
OweNton
49.7 kW 214 m 34211 38°31′31.5″N 84°48′39.4″W / 38.525417°N 84.810944°W / 38.525417; -84.810944 (WKON)
WKPD2 "Paducah 29 (PSIP)
41 (UHF)
May 31, 1971; 46 years ago (1971-05-31) Kentucky
PaDucah
55.7 kW 143 m 65758 37°5′39.7″N 88°40′20″W / 37.094361°N 88.67222°W / 37.094361; -88.67222 (WKPD)
WKPI-TV "Pikeville 22 (PSIP)
24 (UHF) [24]
September 23, 1968; 48 years ago (1968-09-23) Kentucky
PIkeville
50.4 kW 423 m 34200 37°17′6.3″N 82°31′28.3″W / 37.285083°N 82.524528°W / 37.285083; -82.524528 (WKPI-TV)
WKSO-TV "Somerset 29 (PSIP)
14 (UHF)
September 23, 1968; 48 years ago (1968-09-23) Kentucky
SOmerset
53.3 kW 429 m 34222 37°10′2.6″N 84°49′29.8″W / 37.167389°N 84.824944°W / 37.167389; -84.824944 (WKSO-TV)
Notes:
  • WKPC-TV formerly operated as a standalone station; it was owned and operated by the city of Louisville from its 1958 inception up to the time it was acquired by KET in 1998. It used the callsign WFPK-TV from 1958 to 1969 and served as a member of "NET from 1958 to 1970.
  • WKPD formerly operated as a commercial "independent station using the callsign WDXR-TV from its 1971 sign-on up to the time it was acquired by KET in 1979.

Coverage areas[edit]

Station Signal reach
WKAS northeastern Kentucky (Ashland); "Huntington, West Virginia area; "Portsmouth, Ohio area [25]
WKGB-TV South-central Kentucky (Bowling Green, "Glasgow. "Cave City, "Mammoth Cave area), far north-central segment of the "Nashville, Tennessee media market (including "Cross Plains, "Portland, and "Lafayette (via Cable)); also covers the "Central City and "Beaver Dam areas [26][27]
WCVN-TV most of the "Cincinnati, Ohio market (including northern Kentucky, southeast Indiana, southwest Ohio) [28]
WKZT-TV southern portions of the Louisville market (excluding "Adair County); also covers "Hart County and northeastern "Edmonson County.[29][30]
WKHA southeastern Kentucky (Hazard, areas between "London and Pikeville); "Lee and "Wise Counties in "Virginia [31]
WKLE Central Kentucky (Lexington, Frankfort, "Winchester, "Richmond and "Danville) [31]
WKPC and WKMJ Louisville Metro and surrounding areas ("Shelbyville); south-central "Indiana ("New Albany, "Jeffersonville, "Salem) [30][32][33]
WKMA "Pennyrile region of western Kentucky, including "Madisonville, "Hopkinsville, "Central City, "Princeton "Cadiz, "Eddyville; north side of "Clarksville, Tennessee [34][35]
WKMR-TV mainly northeastern Kentucky, including Morehead, grade B coverage available in Ashland and "Maysville[31][36]
WKMU Western Kentucky's "Jackson Purchase region (Murray, "Mayfield, "Benton); northwestern Tennessee (including "Paris, "Union City, "Martin, rural western "Stewart County)[37][38]
WKOH Owensboro and Henderson; southwest Indiana (including the "Evansville area) [35][39]
WKON Owenton, "Warsaw, "Sparta, areas between Frankfort and Covington, northern suburbs of Lexington, and the "Madison, Indiana area [40]
WKPD-TV Paducah area, Jackson Purchase region of western Kentucky; southern Illinois (including "Metropolis and "Cairo. Covers some of the same areas as WKMU-TV Murray.[37][38]
WKPI-TV southernmost areas of the Huntington/"Charleston, "West Virginia market including the Pikeville and "Paintsville area; southwestern West Virginia; parts of southwestern Virginia [41]
WKSO southeast central Kentucky (Somerset, Danville, "Campbellsville, "Columbia, "Corbin, London); "Pickett, "Scott and "Fentress Counties in Tennessee (including "Byrdstown, "Oneida, and "Jamestown, respectively) [31][42]

Louisville's WKPC and WKMJ are the only KET stations whose transmitters are located outside of Kentucky – both stations' transmitters are located at the "Kentuckiana Tower Farm in rural "Floyd County, "Indiana (north of "Floyds Knobs and "New Albany). Because of its location and signal strength (according to "FCC data), WKPC and WKMJ cover more of the Indiana side of the Louisville market than the Kentucky side. In addition to the reach of WKPC and WKMJ, several of KET's other stations are viewed in significant portions of Kentucky's neighboring states as well.

Translators[edit]

KET also operates three translator stations:[43]

Station "City of license "Channels
"TV / "RF
First air date "ERP "HAAT "Facility ID Transmitter Coordinates
W20CT-D "Augusta 38 (PSIP)
20 (UHF)
October 11, 2007; 9 years ago (2007-10-11) 0.8 "kW 137 m 167571 38°46′4″N 84°0′35″W / 38.76778°N 84.00972°W / 38.76778; -84.00972 (WKAS)
W23DM-D "Falmouth 52 (PSIP)
23 (UHF)
January 12, 2007; 10 years ago (2007-01-12) 0.8 kW 86 m 167570 38°40′9″N 84°19′35″W / 38.66917°N 84.32639°W / 38.66917; -84.32639 (W23DM-D)
W28DD-D "Louisa 25 (PSIP)
28 (UHF)
January 12, 2007; 10 years ago (2007-01-12) 0.11 kW 72 m 167569 38°6′36″N 82°36′35″W / 38.11000°N 82.60972°W / 38.11000; -82.60972 (W28DD-D)

Former translators[edit]

KET also previously utilized analog transmitters that were shut down before the digital TV translation. They were:

Station Channel City of license Years active
W09AX 9 Collin Creek 198?-199? [44]
W10AR 10 "Louisa [45][46] 199?-2009
W55AJ 55 "Hawesville 198?-199? [47]
W55AL 55 [45] "Tompkinsville 199?-2006
W56AT 56 [46] "Augusta 199?-2009
W56AM 56 Falmouth 199?-2009
W64AV 64 [48] "Hopkinsville 1986–2000
W66AH 66 "Whitesburg 198?-199?
W67AN 67 [49] "Letcher 198?-199?

In Augusta, W20CT-D was launched in October 2007 as the companion for W56AT. W28DD-D was the digital companion for W10AR in Louisa. Falmouth's W23DM-D was the digital companion for W56AM.[46]

KET2[edit]

KET2, based on KET's original Louisville station, "WKMJ-TV, airs the national PBS schedule, local programming including shows focused on the Louisville area, children's programs, how-to series, documentaries and "public affairs programs.[1] Outside of Louisville, KET2 can be seen on several cable systems across Kentucky as well as on KET's digital signals. It is broadcast in standard definition and is available to 62% of Kentucky's cable subscribers.[22] Originally, WKMJ-TV was the KET translator serving the Louisville market alongside of the independent WKPC-TV; it carried the same programs as in the rest of the state.

Station "City of license "Channels
"TV / "RF
First air date "Call letters'
meaning
"ERP "HAAT "Facility ID Transmitter Coordinates
WKMJ-TV Louisville 68 (PSIP)
38 (UHF)
September 2, 1970; 46 years ago (1970-09-02) Kentucky
Media and
Journalism
61.6 kW 218 m 34195 38°22′1.6″N 85°49′53.8″W / 38.367111°N 85.831611°W / 38.367111; -85.831611 (WKMJ-TV)

KET KY: The Kentucky Channel[edit]

KET KY, formerly branded as KET3, which is carried as the third digital subchannel on 15 of the KET stations and on WKMJ-DT2, formerly broadcast all of the state network's educational programming throughout its broadcast day. In January 2008, KET3 was relaunched as KET KY, now broadcasting Kentucky-based issues, heritage, history and culture.[1] The network's educational programming was moved to KET ED in late 2007.

KET KY also broadcasts coverage of the "Kentucky General Assembly while it is in session, combining the services previously offered on KET5 and KET6. KET KY presently broadcasts 24 hours a day in "standard definition.[22] KET KY also previously broadcast KET HD programming from 8 p.m. to 1 midnight Eastern (7-11 p.m. Central) until Fall 2009.

KET Kids[edit]

On December 12, 2016, the fourth subchannel of KET's main satellites were relaunched for the first time since the discontinuation of KET ED, the Educational Channel seven years prior. It was first broadcasting a test pattern. Since January 12, 2017, the DT4 subchannel of all of the KET stations except WKMJ now carries the new 24-hour-a-day "PBS Kids channel, with the branding KET Kids. It provides a 24/7 schedule of children's programming. However, both KET and KET2 continue to provide a limited block of PBS Kids programming.[50] It became available to Kentucky's cable providers in March 2017. [51]

KET World[edit]

KET World features programs about world history, featuring programming content sourced from the "World network; it is currently available only on the third digital subchannel of KET's secondary Louisville station WKMJ-TV.

Discontinued services[edit]

KET ED: Education Channel[edit]

KET ED (formerly branded as "KET4"), formerly offered KET's digital service during primetime hours and programming from the "Annenberg Channel at other times. At one time, this service was carried on the fourth digital subchannel of KET's station. From 2007 to 2009, it was re-branded as KET ED, the Education Channel. During that time, professional development and instructional programming, and Annenberg programming was provided 20 hours per day from 12 midnight to 8 p.m. Eastern time (11 p.m. to 7 p.m. Central time), which was previously on KET3 and on Star Channels 703 and 704. In Louisville, this service was also available 24 hours a day on WKMJ's DT3 digital signal, but has since been discontinued in 2009, due to an increase of fees for the usage of the national PBSHD channel by PBS. Instead, KET reinvested the money to acquire new digital equipment, including upgrades to allow the transmission of locally produced and "tape delayed programming in high definition. This increase of PBSHD fees has also led to KET scheduling HD programming themselves, rather than merely carrying the national feed on the KET KY channel.

Beginning in the fall of 2009, KET ED provided a feed of K-12 educational programming on KET KY from 1:00 to 5:00 a.m. Eastern Time.[22] The KET ED programming block on KET KY was ultimately discontinued in the early 2010s, but the KET ED service remains available as an on-demand video service on KET's website.

KET5 and KET6[edit]

KET5 and KET6 featured live coverage of the "Kentucky House of Representatives and "Senate respectively on the services, while the state General Assembly was in session. These channels were discontinued in January 2008, when KET realigned its digital programming (see KET KY and KET ED above). As mentioned above, coverage of the General Assembly, while reduced significantly, is still carried on KET KY. In the state capital of Frankfort, however, both the Kentucky House and Senate are seen when in session on local cable provider Frankfort Plant Board, overlapping the slots of "C-SPAN3 and "NASA TV.[52][53]

Cable and satellite availability[edit]

In addition to KET's statewide "cable television availability, some cable providers along state lines can cover certain areas on both sides of the state lines because of their interstate customer base.

On "DirecTV and "Dish Network, certain KET stations are also available in the Kentucky-associated media markets in their entireties. WKPD, WKOH, WKPC, WCVN, and WKAS are carried on the respective local feeds in the Paducah/"Cape Girardeau, Evansville, Louisville, Cincinnati, and Huntington/"Charleston markets. KET2, through WKMJ-TV, is currently available on both satellite providers in the Louisville market only. Currently, in the Bowling Green market, only Dish Network carries the network via WKGB as DirecTV does not provide local channels to that market.[21]

Transmitter map[edit]

""Kentucky Educational Television is located in Kentucky
WCVN
WCVN
W23DM-D
W23DM-D
WKON
WKON
WKAS
WKAS
WKPC/WKMJ
WKPC/WKMJ
WKMR
WKMR
W28DD-D
W28DD-D
WKLE
WKLE
WKOH
WKOH
WKZT
WKZT
WKPI
WKPI
WKHA
WKHA
WKMA
WKMA
WKSO
WKSO
WKPD
WKPD
WKGB
WKGB
WKMU
WKMU
""
Map of all of KET's satellites in Kentucky

Digital television[edit]

Digital channels[edit]

The digital channels of most of KET's stations are "multiplexed:

"Channel "Video "Aspect "PSIP Short Name Programming
[54][55][56][57][58][59][60][61][62][63][64][65][66][67][68]
xx.1 "720p "16:9 KET Main KET programming / PBS
xx.2 "480i "4:3 KET2 PBS Encore / KET2
xx.3 KET KY Kentucky Channel
xx.4 KETKIDS "PBS Kids

WKMJ's digital channel uses a different multiplexed lineup from the other fifteen KET stations:

"Channel "Video "Aspect "PSIP Short Name Programming[69]
68.1 "480i "4:3 KET2 Main WKMJ-TV programming / PBS Encore ("KET2")
68.2 KETKY Kentucky Channel
68.3 "16:9 KETWRLD "World

Analog-to-digital conversion[edit]

""
""
Climbing the analog antenna of WKAS's tower in Ashland.

Although the "DTV Delay Act extended the mandatory deadline from February 17 to June 12, 2009, KET shut down the analog signals of all 16 Stations on April 16, 2009.[70][71][72]

Each stations' post-transition digital allocations are as follows:

  • WKAS shut down its analog signal, over "UHF channel 25; the station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 26. Through the use of "PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's "virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 25.
  • WKGB-TV shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 53; the station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 48. Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 53, which was among the high band UHF channels (52-69) that were removed from broadcasting use as a result of the transition.
  • WCVN-TV shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 54; the station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 24. Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 54.
  • WKHA shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 35; the station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 16. Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 35.
  • WKMU shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 21; the station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 36. Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 21.
  • WKOH shut down its analog signal over UHF channel 31; the station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 30. Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 31.
  • WKON shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 52; the station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 44. Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 52.
  • WKPC-TV shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 15; the station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 17. Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 15.
  • WKPD shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 29; the station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 41. Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 29.
  • WKPI-TV shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 22; the station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 24. Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 22.
  • WKSO-TV shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 29; the station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 14. Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 29.
  • WKLE shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 46; the station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 42. Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 46.
  • WKMR shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 38; the station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 15. Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 38.
  • WKMA shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 35; the station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 42. Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 35.
  • WKZT-TV shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 23; the station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 43. Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 23.
  • WKMJ-TV shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 68; the station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 38. Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 68.

KET began broadcasting in high definition from its new high definition production facility in Lexington on October 1, 2009.[72]

On January 29, 2014, the "United States Department of Agriculture awarded KET a "grant worth $357,700, as part of its Public Television Digital Transition Grant program, to upgrade 20 analog "microwave relays for WKSO, WKMR, WKHA and WKPI to digital, in order to provide digital television service to rural areas of Kentucky.[73]

Distance learning[edit]

KET, among its many educational programs, runs a "Distance Learning program. The program features "Latin, "Humanities, "Physics and "German language course offerings and offers leveled courses ranging from introductory to "advanced placement classes. It's offered primarily for Kentucky high school students for whom it's offered tuition-free. However, out-of-state schools may enroll students in the course for a small tuition fee.

The aim of the program is to provide a full course in the aforementioned subjects for schools who don't offer a particular class. Often schools seek distance learning as a temporary solution in cases of funding cuts, which lead to dismissal of teachers or discontinuation of the teaching of certain subjects altogether. The program also is popular with parents of "home-schooled children.

The program was established in 1989; the direct-to-school model became possible after a substantial expansion of the state network's headquarters (now dubbed "The O. Leonard Press Telecommunications Center") and legislative funding to provide a satellite receiver for every school and public library in the state. The course was originally administered and taught via live satellite broadcasts directly into classrooms with two-way keypads for real-time student-teacher interaction. Homework, tests, quizzes and other material were distributed by modem and mail.[8]

Since the mid-1990s, KET's Distance Learning program has migrated from broadcast lessons to instruction via KET's website and multimedia lessons on videotape, CD and DVD.

KET slogans[edit]

  • "Where the Vision Continues" (1988, used in honor of KET's 20th anniversary)[44]
  • "Bringing Kentucky Together" (1989–early 1990s) [74]
  • "Simply The Best!" (late 1990s–early 2000s)
  • "Explore Kentucky, Explore the World" (2007–2016)
  • "Where Learning Comes to Life" (2016–present)

Bibliography[edit]

Books[edit]

  • Press, O. Leonard (2008). The KET Story: A Personal Account. Lexington, Kentucky: The Clark Group. "ISBN "978-1-883589-89-9. 

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