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A Kentucky Christmas

Enjoy the a capella singing of the Northern Kentucky Brotherhood Singers; Doug visits Rob Samuels of Maker's Mark Distillery; learn about Pikeville writer Effie Waller Smith, a daughter of former slaves who published poetry and short stories in the early 1900s; and songwriter Haven Gillespie, a Covington native, co-wrote one of the best-selling Christmas songs of all time.
Season 23 Episode 8 Length 26:27 Premiere: 12/23/17

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Kentucky Life features our state’s great diversity with stories of its people, places and ideas. Since 1995, Kentucky Life’s focus has always been to help Kentuckians celebrate unique and regional people and cultures and present stories capturing the history and heritage of Kentucky.


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Celebrate a Kentucky Christmas!

Kentucky Life celebrates Christmas with the Northern Kentucky Brotherhood Singers; Maker’s Mark invites local visitors for the holidays; Effie Waller Smith wrote poetry inspired by her Eastern Kentucky home; Covington’s Haven Gillespie wrote the now-famous lyrics to Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town.

Maker’s Mark Christmas

The Maker’s Mark distillery in Loretto is a tourist destination for visitors from far and wide But as Chief Operating Officer Rob Samuels explains, the picturesque campus is designed for hospitality for friends, family, and locals. It’s been that way since his grandparents, Bill and Margie Samuels, started the business in the 1950s.

“While we host visitors from all over the world, our candlelight tours, which are the first two Saturdays in December, are all about locals and Kentuckians and coming to celebrate the holidays with us at Maker’s Mark,” says Rob. “We drape our campus with Christmas lights and we spread a little Christmas cheer.”

Today, the Kentucky Bourbon Trail is one of the state’s most important tourism initiatives, but the very idea of distillery tours has modest roots.

“My grandfather was a craftsman in his soul,” says Rob. “His passion was in the distillery. He thought, we’re going to treat every customer as a friend, and what more personal way to connect with a friend than to have them to your home? So they set this entire Victorian village up in the beginning with the idea of welcoming friends to come visit.”

The idea expanded thanks in large part to Margie, who was the creative force behind the marketing of Maker’s Mark.

“Not only is she credited with inventing bourbon tourism, but she also created the Maker’s Mark name and bottle design,” says Rob. “She wanted to create a name and a bottle design that would celebrate the handmade values of this handmade bourbon, and she drew inspiration from her collection of English pewter. The craftsmen and -women would always make their mark to celebrate the handmade pieces. The mark of the maker, or the maker’s mark, is blown into every bottle and is also on the label.”

The distillery’s location is, as Rob says, “a bit off the beaten path.” But with a continuing focus on being a visitor-friendly destination, roads and access to the campus have improved over the years. Additionally, Maker’s Mark has added expanded tours on Thursdays with Rob or his father, Bill Samuels Jr., for bourbon enthusiasts who want a deeper dive than the regular tour.

“Today, what’s so very exciting, is not only are we hosting a lot of visitors, but they’re coming from all over the world,” says Rob. “They want to spend such quality time here with us soaking up what we do here at the distillery. They get to live each and every step of the process.”

The Poetry of Effie Waller Smith

“Effie Waller Smith embodies so much of what this region is about,” says Rusty Justice, Pike County resident and historian. “It’s not what you think. In the age in which she was born and lived here in the hills of Eastern Kentucky, a widely renowned poet, all the things that are counterintuitive to the stereotypes, we see.”

Smith was born in Chloe Creek to former slaves. Her father, Frank Waller, had been a laborer on a plantation in Virginia. Her mother, Sibbie Ratliff, was native to Pike County.

Learn more about Effie Waller Smith and watch the video.

Santa Claus is Coming to Town

With versions by Bing Crosby, Bruce Springsteen, and everyone in between, you won’t get through a holiday season without hearing some rendition of “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town”. Now a classic, the popular Christmas song has roots in Northern Kentucky.

James Haven Gillespie, who went by his middle name, was born in 1888 in Covington. He was making a living as a printer’s devil—a low-level assistant in the printing industry—when he got into songwriting. At the time, sheet music was the medium of choice for popular songs.

“Every home that could afford one had a piano,” says Gary L. Johnson, Vice President of the Behringer-Crawford Museum. “That’s what families did: They stood around and they sang at the piano. That created a tremendous demand for music, and simple music.”

Gillespie returned to Covington after his songwriting career took off, but eventually moved to the hub of it all: New York’s Tin Pan Alley.

“Tin Pan Alley was an area of New York right off 5th Avenue on 28th Street,” says Dr. James Claypool, Professor Emeritus at Northern Kentucky University. “There were about 20 publishers [there]. Everyone was afraid you would steal their songs, so they would muffle their pianos and you would hear what was going on in a tin-sounding format so that people couldn’t really pick up the melody and steal those melodies.”

As a lyricist, Gillespie collaborated with songwriter Fred Coots to create many songs that would become popular in the day. In 1934, their publisher asked for a children’s Christmas song.

“[Gillespie] would write most of his songs while he was riding on public transportation,” says Claypool. “He happened to be in the process of writing “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” and he was stuck. He just couldn’t get this line. There was a young boy up in front of him, and [Gillespie said], ‘Is Santa Claus going to come see you this year? …Well you’d better be good.’ And he got that line that he used later in ‘Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town’.”

“Adults can straighten out their children: Better not do this, better not do that,” says Johnson. “Basically, it’s saying, you won’t get anything from Santa Claus if you don’t behave. From that standpoint, it’s really as much of an adult song as it is a children’s song.”

Eddie Cantor debuted the song on his radio show, and it was an instant hit. But it wasn’t the only hit for Gillespie, who also penned lyrics for now-legendary singers like Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, and Billie Holiday.

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Native Mounds and Celebrations; Bowfishing; Kathy Conroy

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Idlewild Butterflies; State Fair; Antler Art; Fateful Pitch

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Dancing Well: The Soldier Project helps veterans with PTSD, along with their families, through music and dance; archeologists uncover glimpses of the past at Camp Nelson in Jessamine Country, a former Union army supply depot, now a U.S. National Cemetery; in the summer of 2022, Honor Flight of Kentucky organized its first all-female veteran flight to Washington D.C. A 2023 KET production.

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Kentucky Life: Great Outdoors - S26 E5

Premiered On: 01/30/2021

Explore Kentucky's great outdoors as we ride the rapids of the Russell Fork River; watch the sandhill cranes as they arrive at Barren River Lake; experience nature in Dawson Springs; and capture the dream shot of the moonbow at Cumberland Falls. A 2021 KET Production.

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Kentucky Life: Bourbon and Horses - S26 E6

Premiered On: 02/06/2021

We revisit stories on how African American winning jockeys dominated the early years of the Kentucky Derby; legendary distiller Elijah Craig; the mystery of white thoroughbreds; and Louisville's famous cocktail, the Old Fashioned.

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Kentucky Life: Host Special - S26 E7

Premiered On: 02/13/2021

Past and present hosts Doug Flynn, Dave Shuffett, and Byron Crawford reminisce over 25 seasons of Kentucky Life and the great stories they have covered from every corner of the Commonwealth. A 2021 KET Production.

  • Wednesday January 3, 2024 3:30 pm ET on KETKY
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Spirit Nest; Walter Tevis; Cove Haven Cemetery; Appalachian Horse Project; Sassafras Tree - S27 E1

Explore artist Jayson Fann's repurposed wood sculpture "Spirit Nest" at Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest; famous works by Kentucky writer Walter Tevis; Cove Haven Cemetery in Lexington, built by the African-American community in the early 1900s; the Appalachian Horse Project in Jackson cares for free-roaming horses; and the world's tallest Sassafras Tree in Owensboro. A 2022 KET Production.

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Tambour Beading; Soap Box Derby; Huntertown; Somernites Cruise; Triangular Jog - S27 E2

Bob Haven of Lexington is known worldwide in the fashion industry for his Tambour beading; soap box derby racing is thriving in western Kentucky; the rich history of Huntertown community in Versailles; Somernites Cruise is a car enthusiast's dream in Somerset; the unusual history of the Triangular Jog that borders Kentucky and Tennessee. A 2022 KET Production.

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Goin' Down Under; Remembering Ed McClanahan; National Quilt Museum; The Appalachian Shakespeare Center - S29 E1

Host Chip Polston goes on a walkabout at Kentucky Down Under Adventure Zoo in Horse Cave; Ed McClanahan was a prolific writer and a member of Kentucky's "Fab Five"; the National Quilt Museum in Paducah honors quilters; and The Appalachian Shakespeare Center promotes Appalachia through the works of William Shakespeare. A 2023 KET production.

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The Brick at Red River Gorge; Turtle Farm Pottery; Louisville Miniature Club; The Void; Irene Dunne - S27 E3

Visit The Brick, an ice cream, coffee, and pottery shop located at Red River Gorge; meet the artists at Turtle Farm Pottery; enthusiasts have an obsession for the very small at Louisville Miniature Club; a sake brewer in Lexington is introducing the drink to Kentucky; Louisville-born actress Irene Dunne earned the nickname The First Lady of Hollywood. A 2022 KET Production.

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Waveland History; Post-It Picasso; Miner's Songs; Wylie Caudill - S27 E4

Learn the history of the 19th century Greek Revival mansion Waveland, now a state landmark; a Letcher County teacher is posting colorful murals with an unusual medium; the 1931 song by Florence Reece that became an anthem for the union miners' cause during the Harlan County Wars; and the bright murals of artist and Cynthiana native Wylie Caudill.

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Bowman's Valley School; Byron's Memory-Tom T. Hall; Mutton; Moment-Prohibitionist Mural - S25 E11

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Bibb House Reunion; Memory-Freedom Singers; Goatscaping; Ché Rhodes; Moment-Clydesdales - S25 E10

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Conductor Amy Gillingham; Memory-Ray Harm Nature Paintings; Cedar Creek Lake; Madisonville Integration - S25 E9

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Shelby Society; Dueling in Kentucky; Sisters of Charity of Nazareth; Byron Crawford Fireside Story - S25 E8

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Antiquing in Hazel; Creelsboro Natural Arch; Victor Mature; UK's Circus Club - S29 E2

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Camp Nelson Historic Photography; Camp Nelson Honor Guard; Equine Artist Jaime Corum; Coca Cola Art Deco Building; B24 Diamond Lil - S25 E6

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Stagecraft - Jecorey Arthur; Memorials; Beaumont Inn; Stand-Up Paddleboard - S25 E5

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Famous Graves; Witches Tree; Haunted Perryville; Kelly Green Men - S25 E4

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Elijah Craig; Mill Creek Lake; Hurricane Mine Disaster; Artist Vian Sora; Ducks - S25 E3

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Kentucky Music Hall of Fame; Old Friends, Old Foes; Louisville Select Boxing; Newport Aquarium - S25 E2

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Paws on Patrol; Penn's Outhouse Races; Beer Cheese; Pralltown; Chicken Swap - S25 E1

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50th Anniversary of the Moon Landing - S24 E20

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Kentucky Astronaut; Sweet Blessings; HOMES Inc. - S24 E19

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Goin' Down Under; Remembering Ed McClanahan; National Quilt Museum; The Appalachian Shakespeare Center - S29 E1

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Jim Ford; Second Chances Wildlife; Sheldon Tapley - S24 E15

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Mustang Makeover; Bluegrass in Japan - S24 E14

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Clogging; Ebonite Bowling Balls; Rough River Dam State Park; Forest Giants - S24 E13

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Celebrating Veterans Day - Dancing Well; Camp Nelson History; Honor Flight - S29 E6

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Young at Heart Big Band; Maple Ridge Soaps; The Savage Radley - S24 E11

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Somerset Art Scene; Aluminum Recycling; Brigid Kaelin - S24 E10

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Exile; SuperChefs; Ulysses S. Grant (Pt. 1) - S24 E9

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River Lotus Lion Dance; KY Agate; Folk Artists Twyla and Lonnie Money; Arts Carts - S29 E5

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Hosts

Our New Host, Chip Polston

Chip Polston began his tenure as host of Kentucky Life with the premiere of season 28.

A familiar face to Kentuckians, Chip has appeared on air during several KET pledge drives, was the host of KET’s Mixed Media and the longtime on-air personality for the Kentucky Lottery.

Chip is a graduate of Western Kentucky University and the University of Louisville. He is a lifelong Kentuckian and is thrilled to be traveling the state to highlight stories of the Commonwealth’s fascinating people and places.

Doug Flynn, Host for Seasons 21 – 27

Doug Flynn, former Major League Baseball player and current Cincinnati Reds broadcaster, began as the host of Kentucky Life in the 21st season.

During an 11-year MLB career, Flynn won two world championships with the Reds and a Gold Glove award at second base for the New York Mets.

Doug was born and raised in Lexington and is involved with numerous civic and charitable organizations, including Hope for the Warriors and the American Association for the Prevention of Substance Abuse in Athletics. He is a graduate of Somerset Community College, and a member of the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame.

Dave Shuffett, Host for Seasons 6 – 20

As host of Kentucky Life from 1999 to 2015, Dave Shuffett received nine Emmy nominations for on-camera performance and producing.

Shuffett is a native of Greensburg and a graduate of Murray State University. From 1989 to 1995, he served as both host and producer of Kentucky Afield.

Dave joined Kentucky Life for the series’ sixth season, replacing former host Byron Crawford. Shuffett was always accompanied by one of his dogs and they frequently appeared as “co-hosts.”

Dave lives in rural Central Kentucky and is the author of “My Kentucky Life,” a collection of his photos and stories of people and places throughout the state.

Byron Crawford, Host for Seasons 1 – 5

Kentucky native Byron Crawford hosted Kentucky Life from its debut in September 1995 through the summer of 1999.

He studied speech and broadcasting at Murray State University, then worked as a radio and television news reporter in Cincinnati and Louisville before beginning a newspaper career.

Byron wrote his “Kentucky Column” for the (Louisville) Courier-Journal from 1979 until 2008. Today he writes the back page column for Kentucky Living magazine.

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