KET's Shuffett Featured Speaker at Annual Friends of EKU Libraries Celebration

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As the Emmy-nominated host of two popular programs on Kentucky Educational Television, Dave Shuffett has merrily traversed the back roads of the Bluegrass State for more than a quarter of a century, spotlighting the people and places that make his home unique.

On Thursday, Nov. 13, his travels will take him to the campus of Eastern Kentucky University, where Shuffett will be the featured speaker for the University’s annual Friends of EKU Libraries Celebration.

A reception will begin at 5:30 p.m., followed by a buffet-style dinner and Shuffett’s presentation at 6:30, all in the Keen Johnson Building. Copies of his book, “My Kentucky Life,” will be available for sale and autographs. Reservations ($35 per person) can be made by calling 859-622-1072 before Nov. 10.

Complimentary parking will be available in the Alumni House Lot, with shuttle service beginning at 5 p.m. A small number of handicap spots will be available on University Drive on a first-come, first-served basis.

 “There’s no better state than Kentucky to produce a show like ours,” Shuffett once said of “Kentucky Life,” which he has hosted the past 15 years on KET. “We’ve got the history, the crafts, the great people and places – and we likely won’t ever run out of stories to tell.”

Shuffett served as both host and producer of Kentucky Afield from 1989 to 1995. In 1994, he was named Kentucky Conservation Communicator of the Year by the League of Kentucky Sportsmen and the Kentucky Wildlife Federation. In 1995, he went on to pursue his own television series and production company. The resulting series, “Outdoors with Dave Shuffett,” was syndicated nationally.

Since joining “Kentucky Life” in its sixth season, the Greensburg native has received nine Emmy nominations for on-camera performance and producing. He is also a popular public speaker, seamlessly weaving humor into stories of his many exciting adventures.

“My Kentucky Life,” a collection of his photographs and stories of people and places throughout the Commonwealth, was published in 2013.

Shuffett announced recently that he would retire from “Kentucky Life” in November.

The Friends of EKU Libraries event will also feature the flute music of Appalachian Aires and a special performance by Lynne Parks.

The Friends’ Annual Celebration takes place each November to help raise awareness of EKU Libraries in the larger community. The mission of Friends of EKU Libraries is to raise awareness of and build financial support for EKU Libraries, thereby enhancing the learning experience of students and enriching the campus community. Friends of EKU Libraries has helped make possible the new Silent Study Zone; the Library Undergraduate Research Award; the Noel Studio for Academic Creativity; Dewey, a golf cart to facilitate delivery of library materials between branches; scholarships for exceptional library student employees; and more.

For more information about Friends of EKU Libraries, call 859-622-1072 or visit

Published on October 16, 2014

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