Events — 04 December 2013

The Holidays at Murray State


Valuable student learning and recruitment opportunities shared.

Murray State University is a featured player during this 2013-14 holiday season on KET television. The Holidays at Murray State 2013 will air for its 10th year, the 2013 Festival of Champions competition and exhibition will be shown once again, and a special episode on MSU’s founder Rainey T. Wells will be offered.

Holidays and Festival of Champions are produced by MSU’s digital media services, which uses not only regular staff members, but allows television production students at the university the opportunity to receive valuable hands-on experience in producing telecasts from beginning to end. Dr. Kevin Qualls, assistant professor in the department of journalism and mass communications at MSU, who was assisted by television production students, produced the Rainey T. Wells episode.

Murray State University has a longstanding partnership with KET to share programming beneficial to both. Jim Carter, vice president for institutional advancement at Murray State, is a member of the KET Friends Board.

It wouldn’t be Christmas without The Holidays on KET featuring Murray State’s Concert Choir, Wind and Jazz Ensembles, Chamber Singers and soloists performing seasonal tunes from around the Murray campus and the Purchase Region of West Kentucky. Now wrapping up its first decade on KET, The Holidays at Murray State, not only entertains viewers across Kentucky and the country, it also puts the spotlight on the university’s instrumental and vocal music programs, and performance options available to students.

Air dates, times (CST) and channels for The Holidays at Murray State 2013 include:

KET Sunday, Dec. 22, at 1 p.m.
KETKY Tuesday, Dec. 24, at 1 p.m.
KET2 Tuesday, Dec. 24, at 7 p.m.
KETKY Wednesday, Dec. 25, at 8 a.m.

Another popular Murray State program showing on KET is the annual Festival of Champions marching band event, featuring high school bands in competition and the MSU Racer Marching Band in exhibition. The event is sponsored by the Murray State department of music and the Racer Band, and is coordinated by John Fannin, associate professor of music and assistant director of bands at Murray. The festival is sanctioned by the KMEA Marching Band Committee, and is a particular student recruiting tool for the department of music. The airings on KET not only entertain students interested in music, their families and the general public, they also provide an introduction to the school’s vibrant instrumental music area of study.

Air dates, times (CST) and channels to see highlights of the Festival of Champions on KET are:

KET Sunday, Dec. 15, at 1 p.m.
KETKY Tuesday, Dec. 17, at 2 a.m.
KETKY Friday, Dec. 20, at 10 a.m.
KETKY Saturday, Dec. 21, at 3 p.m.

The Legendary Rainey T. Wells showcases Murray State University’s founder and second president. Wells was instrumental in getting the new “normal school” located in Murray. Murray State University, originally named the Murray Normal School, was founded in 1922. Wells united the people of Murray and Calloway County in the bid to establish the new school of higher learning in Murray, Ky.

Air dates, times (CST) and KET channels showing the story of this amazing man are:

KETKY Sunday, Dec. 29, at 1 p.m.
KETKY Sunday, Dec. 29, at 11 p.m.
KET2 Monday, Dec. 30, at 8:30 p.m.
KETKY Wednesday, Jan. 1, at 6 a.m.
KETKY Wednesday, Jan. 1, at 7 p.m.
KETKY Friday, Jan. 3, at 8 a.m.
KETKY Friday, Jan. 3, at 5 p.m.
KETKY Saturday, Jan. 4, at midnight
KETKY Saturday, Jan. 4, at 11 a.m.
KETKY Saturday, Jan. 4, at 8 p.m.

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