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KET Summer Spectacular offers full weekend of special programming


KET Summer Spectacular offers full weekend of special programming

For Release: 08/08/18 4:31 PM

KET’s Summer Spectacular (Aug. 25-26) offers a weekend-long extravaganza of health and fitness, travel and music specials – plus the opportunity to support KET’s programming and services. Viewers may call 1-800-866-0366 or go online at to contribute throughout the event.

Summer Spectacular highlights include:

Mister Rogers: It’s You I Like: The Emmy-nominated documentary celebrates the 50th anniversary of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood and includes interviews with Rogers’ wife, Joanne, and stars Joe Negri (“Handyman Negri”) and David Newell (“Mr. McFeely”) as well as celebrities including Judd Apatow, Whoopi Goldberg, Yo-Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman and others, who share their favorite memories from the series. Michael Keaton hosts. | KET: Saturday, Aug. 25 at 7:30/6:30 pm

Betty White: First Lady of Television: This new, definitive look at White’s life showcases hilarious clips from her long career, including her role as the bawdy Sue Ann on The Mary Tyler Moore Show and her opposite turn as the innocent Rose on Golden Girls. Co-stars and friends including Ryan Reynolds, Valerie Bertinelli, Tina Fey, Carl Reiner, Carol Burnett and more share their thoughts on the legendary star. | KET: Sunday, Aug. 26 at 8/7 pm

Perry Como Classics: Till the End of Time: For more than 50 years, crooner Perry Como ranked as one of America’s most successful and beloved entertainers. This new showcase spotlights Como’s biggest hits from long-lost and newly restored episodes of his TV programs. Peter Marshall and Nick Clooney host. | KET: Saturday, Aug. 25 at 6/5 pm

Joe Bonamassa – British Blues Explosion Live: In this new concert, Bonamassa pays homage to the British blues rock guitarists that inspired him: Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page. | KET: Saturday, Aug. 25 at 11/10 pm

Fleetwood Mac: The Dance: Airing for the first time on KET, this 1997 concert celebrates the band’s hits from the best-selling album Rumours. | KET: Sunday, Aug. 26 at 11/10 pm

 Celtic Woman Homecoming: The group performs classics such as “Amazing Grace,” “Dulaman,” “Walk Beside Me” and many more. | KET: Saturday, Aug. 25 at 9/8 pm | KET2: Sunday, Aug. 26 at 12:30 pm/11:30 am

Andrea Bocelli – Landmarks Live in Concert: A Great Performances Special: The renowned singer performs at the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence, Italy. | KET: Sunday, Aug. 26 at 9:30/8:30 pm


Viewers who donate to KET during Summer Spectacular 2018 may choose to receive tickets for an array of upcoming concerts and experiences, including:

  • Andrea Bocelli’s Oct. 19 concert in Cincinnati
  • Joe Bonamassa’s Nov. 13 performance in Louisville
  • Celtic Woman’s Dec. 1 appearance in Danville.

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Todd Piccirilli
Senior Director, Marketing and Communications