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Inside the Kentucky Derby Festival

Most people know the Kentucky Derby as the greatest two minutes in sports, but Louisville knows the Derby festivities are happening long before the race begins. From Thunder Over Louisville to the Steamboat races and more, learn what goes into putting on the annual Kentucky Derby Festival from those who know it best, KDF president Matt Gibson and Thunder Over Louisville producer Wayne Hettinger.
Season 1 Episode 31 Length 26:24 Premiere: 04/21/24

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Inside Louisville

Inside Louisville, hosted by Kelsey Starks, features conversations with Louisville’s biggest newsmakers and personalities, celebrating the people, places and traditions that make the River City such a vibrant and diverse community. The half-hour weekly program also features stories that explore Kentucky’s largest city, showcasing its neighborhoods, nightlife and noteworthy attractions.

Premiered: July 9, 2023 on KET.


About the Host

Kelsey Starks is a native of Owensboro, Kentucky who now considers herself a proud Louisvillian.

Before joining KET as a host and producer, she was best known for her nine years as anchor of Good Morning Kentuckiana on WHAS (ABC) in Louisville. In addition to her duties as host of the educational current events show News Quiz, she will host and produce a lifestyle conversation show, Inside Louisville.

Kelsey earned a journalism degree from the University of Kentucky and a master’s degree from Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism. She spent several years in New York City as a producer for cable networks CourtTV and MSNBC before moving into a reporter position. Her on-camera career took her to Chicago, Washington, D.C. and Charleston, S.C. before landing in Louisville in 2008. 

During her time at WHAS, she was voted “Best Kentucky TV Personality” by Kentucky Living Magazine and chosen as “Most Admired Woman” in Media by Today’s Woman magazine. Her favorite job, by far, is being ‘mom’ to three children.


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Season 1 Episodes

Inside Baseball with Louisville Slugger and Louisville Bats

S1 E35 Length 25:48 Premiere Date 05/19/24

On Par at Valhalla Golf Course with the PGA Tournament

S1 E34 Length 26:53 Premiere Date 05/12/24

Explore Louisville History with the Filson Historical Society

S1 E33 Length 28:42 Premiere Date 05/05/24

Inside the Kentucky Derby

S1 E32 Length 28:38 Premiere Date 04/28/24

Inside the Kentucky Derby Festival

S1 E31 Length 26:24 Premiere Date 04/21/24

Louisville Knows Sports

S1 E30 Length 27:15 Premiere Date 03/31/24

Rooting for Robert: Fighting Rare Diseases

S1 E29 Length 27:17 Premiere Date 03/24/24

Inside Downtown Louisville

S1 E28 Length 26:59 Premiere Date 03/16/24

LMPD Police Chief Jacquelyn Gwinn-Villaroel

S1 E27 Length 27:48 Premiere Date 02/25/24

UofL President Kim Schatzel and JCTC President Ty Handy

S1 E26 Length 27:41 Premiere Date 02/18/24

Revitalizing Louisville's West End

S1 E25 Length 27:00 Premiere Date 02/11/24

Inside the Norton Sports and Learning Center

S1 E24 Length 26:09 Premiere Date 02/04/24

Family Ties with Tom and Andrew Owen

S1 E23 Length 27:03 Premiere Date 01/28/24

Inside Louisville's Small Business Community

S1 E22 Length 24:24 Premiere Date 01/21/24

Family Scholar House and Shirley's Way

S1 E21 Length 27:17 Premiere Date 01/14/24

In the News with John Boel

S1 E20 Length 29:04 Premiere Date 01/07/24

Inside the Louisville Ballet with Leslie Smart

S1 E19 Length 24:18 Premiere Date 12/17/23

GE Appliance Park with Kevin Nolan

S1 E18 Length 24:33 Premiere Date 12/10/23

Forty Years at the Kentucky Center

S1 E17 Length 27:01 Premiere Date 11/19/23

Kentucky's Miss America with Heather French Henry

S1 E16 Length 27:20 Premiere Date 11/12/23

A Pearl in the Storm with Tori Murden McClure

S1 E15 Length 27:23 Premiere Date 11/05/23

Haunted Louisville with David Domine

S1 E14 Length 26:58 Premiere Date 10/29/23

Celebrating The Brown Hotel's 100th Anniversary

S1 E13 Length 25:08 Premiere Date 10/22/23

Back to the Future with Former Louisville Mayors

S1 E12 Length 26:55 Premiere Date 10/15/23

Humana's Story with David Jones Jr.

S1 E11 Length 28:24 Premiere Date 10/08/23

The Frazier History Museum with CEO Andy Treinen

S1 E10 Length 28:55 Premiere Date 09/24/23

Waterfront Park: Past, Present and Future

S1 E9 Length 26:25 Premiere Date 09/17/23

I Heart Louisville with Terry Meiners

S1 E8 Length 27:24 Premiere Date 09/10/23

Rising Stars with D'Corey Johnson

S1 E7 Length 24:54 Premiere Date 09/03/23

Bourbon and Basketball with Russ Smith

S1 E6 Length 25:28 Premiere Date 08/27/23

Back to School at JCPS with Dr. Marty Pollio

S1 E5 Length 27:08 Premiere Date 08/06/23

Stories from Louisville Women's Professional Soccer Club

S1 E4 Length 26:16 Premiere Date 07/30/23

A Taste of Louisville with Chef Edward Lee

S1 E3 Length 26:24 Premiere Date 07/23/23

Entrepreneur Dan Oliver of Dan-O's Seasoning

S1 E2 Length 26:02 Premiere Date 07/16/23

A Decade of Music with Teddy Abrams

S1 E1 Length 27:04 Premiere Date 07/09/23

Inside Louisville Preview

Preview Length 00:39 Premiere Date 06/30/23

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Inside Baseball with Louisville Slugger and Louisville Bats - S1 E35

The Louisville Slugger bat is an American icon and a Louisville treasure. Learn the history behind the famous bat, visit the museum and factory in downtown Louisville and hear from the president of the city's minor league baseball team, the Louisville Bats. A 2024 KET production.

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All the World's a Stage with Kentucky Shakespeare and Fund for the Arts - S1 E36

Louisville's Fund for the Arts celebrates 75 years of raising money and supporting local arts organizations in our community. To date, they have raised close to $200 million. One of those organizations is Kentucky Shakespeare - the longest-running, free, non-ticketed Shakespeare festival in the United States. We explore the impact of this and other arts organizations in Louisville. A 2024 KET production.

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A Decade of Music with Teddy Abrams - S1 E1

Teddy Abrams was named music director of the Louisville Orchestra at 26 years old. He was (and still is) the youngest music director of a major city orchestra in the United States. Now, going into his tenth year he looks back on what brought him to Louisville, what keeps him in Louisville and what's next for him and the Orchestra. A 2023 KET Production.

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Entrepreneur Success Stories with Dan Oliver of Dan-O's Seasoning - S1 E2

What started as a way to feed his college buddies turned into a multi-million-dollar brand for Louisville native Dan Oliver. The creator of Dan-O's Seasoning shares his journey of entrepreneurship, from setbacks to successes and explains how Louisville helped contribute to Dan-O's success. A 2023 KET Production.

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A Taste of Louisville with Chef Edward Lee - S1 E3

World-renowned Chef Edward Lee visited Louisville for Derby one year and quickly decided to call it his home. Since then, he's created some of the most iconic restaurants, become a TV star on "Iron Chef," "Top Chef" and more and is now an award-winning author of two cookbooks. He discusses his love of cooking, why he's committed to giving back and his love for Louisville - a place he says he'll never leave. A 2023 KET Production.

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On Par at Valhalla Golf Course with the PGA Tournament - S1 E34

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140 Years of Louisville History with the Filson Historical Society - S1 E33

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Inside the Kentucky Derby - S1 E32

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Inside the Kentucky Derby Festival - S1 E31

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