About Kentucky Afield
from the Kentucky Afield Radio show which premiered in 1952.
Wildlife and TV? This odd couple proved the perfect pair. This was a bold
step for a state government agency. “We’re not in the TV business, we’re in
the wildlife business and this is the best way to deliver the message of
conservation to the people.” noted original host Ron Rhody. “Not only did
the program have its finger on the pulse of those who loved to hunt and
fish, it was fun to watch…and still is.”
Kentucky Afield TV Timeline:
- 1953 Kentucky Afield
debuts on WAVE TV 3, Louisville
Ron Rhody, Host.
Harry Towles, (KDFWR Director of Public Relations) delivered the weekly
Broadcast live - in studio - on Saturday mornings.
- 1957 Hope Carleton named
Host. Hope hosted the Kentucky Afield for 23 years.
- 1980 Jeremy Drier named
Host as Hope Carleton retires
- 1985 Drier strikes
a deal with Kentucky Educational Television to air the show statewide
- 1988 Tim Michaels named
- 1989 Dave Shuffett becomes
the show's fifth Host.
Accompanied by trusty companion Sam,
a golden retriever.
Magazine format adopted
- 1995 to Present - Tim
Farmer hosts Kentucky Afield
"Kentucky Afield" TV
Receives Two Emmy Awards
Valley Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences honored
television show with two regional Emmy awards during a presentation at the
Cincinnati Westin Hotel Saturday, August 9, 2008.
Stories focusing on the work of
Kentucky conservation officers and Tim Farmer for the varied hats he wears as
host and moderator of the program add two more Emmys to the program’s mantel.
In the crime program category, Executive Producer Scott Moore followed Lt.
Stuart Bryant with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources’
Division of Law Enforcement while on patrol at Lake Cumberland Memorial Day
weekend, the official opening of boating season. Boating under the influence and
reckless operation is the leading cause of boating fatalities in Kentucky.
Farmer, who has hosted the show since 1995, never expected this distinction and
this, his second, Emmy. In a composite assembled by program producers, it’s
clear that the moderator of “Kentucky Afield” television, or any current events
production, requires being articulate in a variety of forums and broad ranging
subject matter, such as the state’s fish, wildlife, game laws and environmental
The Ohio Valley Chapter presides over the 13 television markets in Ohio,
Kentucky, Indiana and West Virginia including Louisville, Lexington and
Cincinnati. “Kentucky Afield” has now received a total of four Emmy awards.
“Kentucky Afield” is a production of the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife. It is the
longest continuously-running outdoor television show in the nation. The program
airs Saturday at 8:30 p.m. Eastern /7:30 p.m. Central and is repeated Sunday at
4:30 p.m. Eastern/3:30 p.m. Central on KET 1.
Long Live Outdoor TV
Kentucky Afield is the longest continuously-running outdoors television show in
the nation. First airing in 1953, it is one of the very oldest television shows
still airing on any subject. Our research tells us it ranks 4th.
Holding the record for longevity is Meet the Press (November 6, 1946), followed by the Today Show (January
14, 1952). That’s good company!
For local audiences in 1953, Kentucky Afield was popular right along side “I
Married Joan,” Milton Berle, Groucho Marx, Fireside Theatre, and the Jack Benny
Show. While television has changed, the simple message of Kentucky Afield has
not. The sportsman’s dollar provides a benefit to the entire state in
protecting our wildlife and providing nature-related recreation for us all.