Iconic KET Host Dave Shuffett Calls Anderson County Home

An iconic Kentucky Educational Television host has decided to call Anderson County home and present just a small fraction of his amazing stories at last week’s meeting of the Anderson County Rotary Club.  Dave Shuffett, known for his work at KET, hosting Kentucky Life and other video productions, has traveled the state for many years, seeking interesting places and people to highlight as part of his video productions.

Dave was born and raised in Green County where he graduated from Green County High School before attending Murray State University.  He started his video production work hosting and producing Kentucky Afield for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife from 1989 to 1995. He then went national as the owner and host of Outdoors with Dave Shuffett which was broadcasted on the Outdoor Channel.

He then started with KET in 1999, hosting Kentucky Life for 15 years.  During this time, he has received numerous awards, including nine regional Emmy nominations, a national Telly Award, international Aurora Award, the 2015 Governor’s Award in the Arts and Media Category, as well being named the 2015 most distinguished rural Kentuckian.

Through his travels, he explained to the members of the Anderson County Rotary Club last week that many people ask him who his favorite people and places are around the state.  For people, he has had the opportunity to interview a number of Kentuckians that are over 100 years old and have found their perspective on life to be amazing.

Dave talked of a centenarian Kentuckian named Tom Kelly who was 104 years old and has gone fishing every day, weather permitting, for 100 years.  He said that Tom, even at over hundred years old, was incredibly excited to go fishing everyday.

Another centenarian he met has been making a quilt out of pieces of family clothing since 1914.  “They’re amazing people,” he said while explaining that their lack of worry and strong faith along with some good luck has lead to their long life.

For interesting places, Dave has found it harder to pick a favorite.  From the 400 miles of caverns at Mammoth Cave to the Louisiana inspired bald cypress swamp at Murphy’s Pond, he said that Kentucky is one of the most geologically diverse states in the nation.

And with seeing so much of Kentucky, he has chosen Anderson County as his home.  After living here for a time a few years ago, he has returned.  “It’s a beautiful county,” he said.

Although Dave has retired from being host of Kentucky Life, he is far from done.  He is working on a new nature special for KET based on a similar special called Kentucky’s Last Great Places that highlighted unknown but amazing places around the state.  He said the new special, which has been four years in the making, will air in March.

He also has published a book called My Kentucky Life.  The book showcases his travels and stories during the many years as part of his video production work.  My Kentucky Life is now available to Anderson County residents at Tastefully Kentucky on the corner of South Main and Jackson Streets.

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