State of the Commonwealth address by Gov. Steve Beshear on Wednesday

Gov. Steve Beshear will deliver his State of the Commonwealth address Wednesday night before a joint session of the House and Senate. 

If you want to catch it live, KET will be broadcasting it online at

During the broadcast, Renee Shaw and Bill Goodman will be offering interviews with lawmakers and analysis of the speech, which begins at 6 p.m. CST. 

If you want to check out previous State of the Commonwealth addresses, KET has them available online back to 2002.

Watch the legislature on KET

Want to see what’s happening in Frankfort during the 2009 legislative session?

The House and Senate proceedings are streamed live at

That live coverage is also supplemented with more programming. From KET – 

The 2009 Kentucky General Assembly in Regular Session, a report on the most significant activities of the day’s legislative meetings, including committee testimony and actions, and debate and votes on the floor of the Senate and House of Representatives, airs Friday, Jan. 9 at 11/10 p.m. CT on KET1 and is scheduled to air every weekday the legislature meets throughout February and March.

In addition, several hours of live daily coverage can be found on the Kentucky Channel (KET KY), available statewide via digital broadcast. This service can be accessed directly by viewers who have antennas for receiving over-the-air digital broadcasts and is available free to Kentucky cable and satellite systems who wish to provide it to their customers.

The 2009 Kentucky General Assembly in Regular Session is a KET production, produced by Carl Babcock and Renee Shaw.

Legislative leaders on pre-session edition of Kentucky Tonight

Next Monday’s edition of Kentucky Tonight on the eve of the 2009 session of the General Assembly will feature leaders from the House and Senate talking about what lies ahead for the 30-day “short” session. 

Host Bill Goodman will be joined at 7 p.m. CST on KET by – 

  • Kentucky Senate President David Williams, R-Burkesville
  • Kentucky House Speaker Jody Richards, D-Bowling Green
  • Kentucky Senate Minority Floor Leader Ed Worley, D-Richmond
  • Kentucky House Minority Floor Leader Jeff Hoover, R-Jamestown 

Be sure to tune in.

Reminder: KET’s 2nd District candidates forum on Monday

Just a reminder that KET will have its candidates forum in the 2nd Congressional District race on Monday at 8 p.m. EST. 

I’ll be one of the two journalists asking the questions of Democrat David Boswell and Republican Brett Guthrie during the hour-long forum, and will spend this weekend working out exactly what to ask the two congressional hopefuls. Joining me will be Kevin Willis with WKU Public Radio in Bowling Green. 

I participated in the 2nd District forum with Boswell and fellow Democrat Reid Haire in the spring and really enjoyed it, so I’m looking forward to appearing again on Monday.

If anyone has any suggestions for questions or issues to cover during the forum, feel free to contact me at

Kentucky Tonight takes up 2008 election

Tonight’s edition of KET’s Kentucky Tonight should be a good one, with Bill Goodman and his guests taking up this fall’s election. 

Not sure how much will be focused on the national scene vs. what’s going on in Kentucky, but from the looks of the lineup, it should be a good discussion. 

Here’s the info…

Kentucky Tonight will discuss the 2008 election 
On the Monday, Sept. 8 edition of Kentucky Tonight at 8/7 p.m. CT on KET1, host Bill Goodman and guests will discuss the 2008 election.

Scheduled guests are:

– Kentucky Senate President David Williams, R-Burkesville, state chair of the McCain campaign

– State Senator Gerald Neal, D-Louisville, an Obama delegate at the Democratic National Convention

– Steve Robertson, chair of the Republican Party of Kentucky

– Jennifer Moore, chair of the Kentucky Democratic Party

Kentucky Tonight will not take live phone calls on Sept. 8 because of construction underway as part of KET’s conversion to digital television. Viewers with questions and comments may send e-mail to

Kentucky Tonight programs are archived online, made available via podcast, and rebroadcast on KET1 and KET KY. Archived programs, information about podcasts and broadcast schedules are available at

Kentucky Tonight is a weekly KET production, produced by Deidre Clark. Bill Goodman is host and managing editor.