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Uniquely Kentucky with Amber Philpott
42 minutes | Aug 25, 2022
Uniquely Kentucky with Amber Philpott | Justin Skeens
If you have been wondering where the July episode of Uniquely Kentucky has been, do not worry you did not miss a thing. We decided to hit the pause button out of respect to several major tragedies making the headlines in eastern Kentucky in June and July. First the funerals for the deadly ambush on three Floyd Co county officers and a K9 in early July and then the historic and catastrophic flooding that swept across parts of eastern Kentucky in late July. WKYT''s Amber Philpott is someone who holds eastern Kentucky very close to her heart. It's a place that gave Amber her start in television news, it's the place she got her college education and to her the mountains and its people will always have a place in her heart. This past month has been so incredibly hard on so many of our neighbors in eastern Kentucky, they have endured trauma, lost loved ones and watched as everything they worked so very hard for was washed away by the power of mother nature. The flooding turned creeks like Troublesome Creek, normally mild and meandering into raging torrents of water. Over the last month Amber and the WKYT team has spent time on the ground in places like Perry and Breathitt Counties, the devastation and destruction they have witnessed up close is immense, but they have also seen the kindness of strangers, been able to personally hug those who just needed to know someone cared and watched as a resilient region started to pick itself up and lean on others to get by. In this episode we found it only fitting to introduce you to someone that uses his creative passion and soul to bring to life stories through video documenting eastern Kentucky and its people. Justin Skeens is an award-winning digital storyteller, in fact he is the Director of Digital Storytelling at Berea College. Skeens is an eastern Kentucky native, a former WYMT and WKYT videographer and in the last month he has picked up his camera not to document, but help preserve the history and struggles that have unfolded during this chaotic time. His love for Appalachia and everything it stands for is quite evident when you talk with him or watch one of his beautifully crafted pieces. He is a boy from the mountains living out a dream behind the lens using his talents to share with the world a place so many of us hold dear, Appalachia.
37 minutes | Jun 30, 2022
Uniquely Kentucky with Amber Philpott | Danielle Galyer Day
For this episode of Uniquely Kentucky, host Amber Philpott is talking sports. It is no secret she grew up playing and loving fast pitch softball in Kentucky. The game itself and really sports in general taught her so much about life, respect for yourself and others and about work ethic and discipline. June 23, 1972, changed the game for girls and women when it comes to sports. Title IX consists of thirty-seven words that just this month we celebrated the 50th anniversary of Title IX. “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.” Now, nowhere in those thirty-seven words do you hear sports mentioned, but it's what came along with the meaning behind the law that paved the way for all female athletes. Doors were opened that had previously been closed and opportunities grew. Do we still face challenges as female athletes, of course-but Title IX gave us a place to start and a road map for female athletes to take off on that changed athletics as we know it. This month here on Uniquely Kentucky Amber is talking with a celebrated former University of Kentucky female athlete about her accomplishments, the grind it takes to be the best and how she thinks Title IX has helped even out the playing field. So, get ready to take a dip in the pool, well not literally, but how about a not so literal lap around the pool with former University of Kentucky athlete and the school's first swimming National Champion winning the 2016 NCAA title the in women's 200 backstroke Danielle Galyer Day.
37 minutes | May 27, 2022
Uniquely Kentucky with Amber Philpott | Tanner Hesterberg
As a journalist now for 19 years WKYT's Amber Philpott says there have been stories that have quite frankly just fascinated her. There are stories that when simply mentioned she is compelled to click on our watch to learn the latest in the case or story. One of those stories is that of disgraced eastern Kentucky lawyer Eric C. Conn. The Floyd County attorney managed to pull off the largest social security fraud scheme in U.S. history. Conn's story is one that is almost unbelievable and one that you might think was ripped from the pages of a Hollywood script. Conn's story was recently released as part of a new docuseries, The Big Conn on Apple TV+. For this episode of Uniquely Kentucky host Amber Philpott is talking with former WKYT and WYMT reporter and anchor Tanner Hesterberg. He has worked on this case in his reporter days, but now is back in eastern Kentucky as an attorney and fighting to help some of Conn's clients try and get their benefits back.
37 minutes | Apr 26, 2022
Uniquely Kentucky with Amber Philpott | Cory Stringer
Uniquely Kentucky podcast host Amber Philpott is a self-proclaimed bookworm. As much as she loves reading, she also loves learning about authors, how they got their start, where their inspiration comes from and how they finally found the courage to put pen to paper or fingers to keyboard to make their stories come to life. This month on Uniquely Kentucky Amber is talking with Cory Stringer. Amber first introduced viewers to Stringer and his dog Bloo in Lexington back in 2018 for a story on WKYT. Bloo has an amazing story of survival after being rescued from a fire at the Knox Whitley Animal Shelter and the second chance at life she was given will melt your heart. Bloo is now the star in a series of books written by Stringer in a cartoon type style featuring Bloo's zany antics and fun nature which are captured within the pages. The books were designed for parents to enjoy while reading alongside their children. Bloo is a beautiful black lab mix with the most perfect Kentucky blue eyes and while she can't be a guest on the podcast Amber is talking with her human who is standing in to tell her story.
40 minutes | Mar 23, 2022
Uniquely Kentucky with Amber Philpott | Amanda Matthews
The month of March is Women's History Month, but did you know that as recently as the 1970s, women's history was an unknown topic for students K-12. In 1978 a California education task force began a movement to establish Women's History Week. According to the National Women's History Alliance it took until 1986, for fourteen states to declare March as Women's History Month, momentum grew and state by state congress was lobbied and finally in 1987 March was declared as National Women's History month. Every year a special presidential proclamation is issued which honors the extraordinary achievements of American women. To celebrate a Kentucky woman making her mark on history, Uniquely Kentucky host Amber Philpott sat down with award winning sculptor and designer of public art and central Kentuckian Amanda Matthews. She is the CEO of Prometheus Art in Lexington, KY. Matthews' work is in many notable collections including museums, public parks, government buildings, and municipalities across the country. One of Matthews latest installations can be found in New York City and is entitled The Girl Puzzle. Public art is meant to inspire, educate, and start a conversation. The pieces Matthews has been commissioned to create, often times represent women who have been overlooked, but who have contributed greatly and many times have a voice that still rings true today. Matthews has also been selected to create the KY COVID Memorial to honor the lives lost during the pandemic, but also to celebrate the determination of society in trying to overcome it.
28 minutes | Feb 22, 2022
Uniquely Kentucky with Amber Philpott | Michael Preacely
What does music do for you? Does a certain song transport you in time? Do you feel emotion through certain songs? Does music move you? Music is the soundtrack of our lives, the good the bad and the ugly. Music is often one of the things that can unite us. In this episode of Uniquely Kentucky host Amber Philpott talks with Michael Preacely, a rising star in the musical world. Preacely and his baritone voice can transport you to another place through song. Preacely is gaining attention for his performances on the opera stage, having toured regionally and internationally. He has performed in the classic Porgy and Bess among other shows in Kentucky and beyond. He is not a Kentucky native, but he has found his home here in Lexington through the University of Kentucky where he has since earned his doctorate and now lectures at the university. Preacely is now working to inspire the next generation of singers and through his music encourage more young, African American youth to seek out their musical abilities. His voice will put a smile on your face, but his upbeat personality will really put a song in your heart when you meet him.
32 minutes | Jan 27, 2022
Uniquely Kentucky with Amber Philpott | Wylie Caudill
Welcome back to Uniquely Kentucky, a podcast hosted by WKYT evening news anchor Amber Philpott. Uniquely Kentucky is dedicated to conversations with people in Kentucky or who have ties to the state who are interesting, inspire us and sometimes just simply fascinate us. In this first episode Amber talks with central Kentucky mural artist Wylie Caudill. Mural art has become popular in communities across Kentucky and Caudill is making his mark with his creations that are eye catching and colorful. Some of his pieces can be seen in his hometown of Cynthiana, Ky. as well as in Lexington. In this episode Caudill talks about how he got his start, what motivates and inspires him and the advice he has for others wanting to display their art to the world.
26 minutes | Mar 18, 2021
Uniquely Kentucky with Amber Philpott | Evening Team-A look back
In the last year we have had to find a new way to bring you Uniquely Kentucky amid a global pandemic. When we first started this podcast, we loved recording in person, there is nothing like a good chat that then becomes a podcast. Once the pandemic hit, we were forced to connect with our guests in a different way, mainly online. In this episode I am joined by Sam Dick, my evening WKYT co-anchor and WKYT Chief Meteorologist Chris Bailey as we look back on the last year of living and working during a pandemic.
33 minutes | Feb 24, 2021
Uniquely Kentucky with Amber Philpott | Renee Shaw
As Renee Shaw likes to say she was born in Tennessee but grew up in Kentucky. Shaw came to the state to attend Western Kentucky University and once she graduated, she never left. Shaw is now a longtime anchor and host for Kentucky Educational Television. She got her start at KET in 1997 as a public policy reporter, she now hosts legislative coverage, anchors election coverage and in 2005 she launched Connections a show she continues to host. Connections is a statewide minority affairs program tackling several issues. She is a fellow journalist who like a lot of us has had to adapt in this last year.
21 minutes | Feb 9, 2021
Uniquely Kentucky with Amber Philpott | Jonathan Webb, AppHarvest
Jonathan Webb is the founder and CEO of AppHarvest, a new company based in Kentucky and focusing on making Appalachia the AgTech capital of the country and even the world. Webb a Kentucky native worked in New York and Washington but decided to return to Kentucky with an idea of using indoor farming to help change the landscape of agriculture. In 2017 he was encouraged by investors to make his dream a reality and returned home to Kentucky to do so. The first indoor farm is now open and producing tomatoes at a 60 acre facility in Morehead, Kentucky. Jonathan Webb is a busy guy these days, AppHarvest just when live on the stock market and he is busy telling the story of AppHarvest to people all across the globe.
28 minutes | Feb 2, 2021
Uniquely Kentucky with Amber Philpott | Ashley Smith, Black Soil
As co-founder of Black Soil: Our Better Nature Ashley Smith is working to reconnect black farmers to their agricultural heritage and legacy. Founded in 2017, the Lexington based agritourism organization was started to help shine a light on the underrepresentation of minorities when it comes to Kentucky's agricultural world. There were so many things that 2020 opened our eyes to, the pandemic has help to shine a light even more on hunger and the need for access to healthy foods for everyone in this country. It also helped to shine a light on diversity and a much-needed conversation on bringing everyone to the table. When I first learned about Ashley Smith I was fascinated by what she was doing not just here in Lexington, but across the state when it comes to African American farmers and helping to bring together urban families, rural and urban black farmers and growers to begin the conversation about the possibilities.
41 minutes | Jan 16, 2021
Uniquely Kentucky with Amber Philpott | Austin Shuck
Happy New Year how is your 2021 going so far. I know the world is still a tough place to navigate right now, I'm hoping like me you can try and look for the good anywhere we can find it. For the first Uniquely Kentucky podcast of the new year I chose a guest who spends his days looking for ways to put those positive vibes into the world. I believe we can all be a good light for others and Austin Shuck is one of the brightest. He is the host of the What the Shuck podcast. Austin's story is like so many, life sort of just piled up and before he knew it, he was stuck in a place he didn't want to be but finding that spark to change was hard. Once he did though, amazing things are happening for the West Liberty, Ky native. In this episode we are talking about his podcast and the space it creates for him to learn from others. We are also talking about mental health, knowing when to ask for help and more importantly learning it's okay to ask for it.
30 minutes | Dec 7, 2020
Uniquely Kentucky with Amber Philpott | Jay Farrell, Author
In this episode of Uniquely Kentucky we are exploring the back roads of Eastern Kentucky through the eyes of a Nashville based photographer. Jay Farrell is a self-proclaimed urban and rural explorer who not only photographs, but also writes about what he says are forgotten corners of the Americana. Farrell is the author of a series of books entitled, Abandoned. He has written 12 books, three of which focus of Kentucky including his latest entitled Abandoned Eastern Kentucky. I think all of us have probably driven down the road, saw a house or building falling in and wondered about its history, why it was left to the elements and those questions are exactly what draws Farrell in closer to try and figure out why it's abandoned. In this episode we talk about why he loves venturing off the beaten path and why this Nashville photographer loves Kentucky.
38 minutes | Nov 24, 2020
Uniquely Kentucky with Amber Philpott | Matthew Bradford
This week on Uniquely Kentucky we are sitting down with a Winchester, Ky native and man who fought for our country nearly making the ultimate sacrifice. Retired Marine Corporal Matthew Bradford lives by the motto "No Legs, No Vision, No Problem." During the month in which we celebrate Veterans Day we wanted to take a moment to talk with Bradford, to learn of the combat mission that took not only his legs, but also his vision and tried to take his life. Bradford survived an improvised explosive attack, his battle back from his injuries was long and grueling, but he now spends his days traveling the country talking with other veterans to spread his message of hope. Bradford who moved back to Kentucky, has never let his injures stop him. He has run marathons, climbed Mt. Rainier and in 2010 he re-enlisted as the first blind, double amputee in the military. His story is one of hope, perseverance and determination and he is one of countless veterans we can thank for our freedom here at home.
39 minutes | Oct 28, 2020
Uniquely Kentucky with Amber Philpott | Roger Slade, Cynthiana Ghost Walk
Who loves a good ghost story? I guess you could say I'm a sucker for a good story, and I really love those rooted most in history. When I was a child growing up in Harrison County, I often heard one ghost story that has been told for years and it’s another reason why Kentucky is so special. Communities here are rich in stories and tales that have been passed down from generation to generation. In this episode of Uniquely Kentucky I'm talking with Roger Slade, he is a storyteller extraordinaire in Harrison Co. He wears many hats, he is a schoolteacher, small business owner and a man who loves history. Take a listen as Slade and I talk ghosts, storytelling and how communities like his are using things like ghost walks to introduce outsiders to the history of the place he calls home.
32 minutes | Oct 19, 2020
Uniquely Kentucky with Amber Philpott | Vitale Buford, Author
Welcome to Uniquely Kentucky, a podcast built around chatting with some of the state's most interesting characters and the things they are doing to making Kentucky so unique. On this episode we are sitting down with Lexington author and life coach, Vitale Buford about her new book "Addicted to Perfect, A Journey Out of the Grips of Adderall." In this brutally honest memoir, Buford details the ups and downs during her time addicted to the prescription drug Adderall. She also looks at perfectionism and addiction and how each can feed off one another, but also how you can break free of both with healing and self-love. Buford is a transplant to Lexington but has made the Bluegrass home for several years.
29 minutes | Aug 12, 2020
Uniquely Kentucky with Amber Philpott | Gerry Brooks
The month of August is upon us and that typically means the start of a new school year is in sight for parents, but this year will look much different for students across the state as COVID-19 concerns cause schools to change up how students learns. My guest this week on Uniquely Kentucky is a central Kentucky man that by day is one of those educators, but by night and weekend he is encouraging his fellow teachers through his hilarious social media posts shot from the inside of his car. Gerry Brooks draws from his years in the classroom and as a principal to put a smile on the faces of others through humor. Brooks has become a social media star with well over two million followers and tours the country taking his message to his fellow educators.
34 minutes | Jul 17, 2020
Uniquely Kentucky with Amber Philpott | Tyler Booth
As host of this podcast getting the chance to talk with anyone musically talented is extra fun for me, probably because I have no musical talent. I love to learn how people in the music industry got their start, what inspires them to make music and I love learning about the behind the scenes aspect of country music itself. The Bluegrass state is rich in musical history and the artists who have come out this state run the gambit from country, bluegrass, hip hop and even gospel. This week on Uniquely Kentucky I am sitting down with Wolfe Co. native Tyler Booth. He was born and raised in and around Campton and was recently signed to Sony Music Nashville. Since the pandemic started Tyler has had to scale back his touring, but he hasn't stopped writing music and he has a new song our right now, "In God and Trucks We Trust."
38 minutes | Jul 10, 2020
Uniquely Kentucky with Amber Philpott | Colton Ryan and Patrick Garr
If you are like me, you continue to miss things that probably you took for granted before the world changed. I love live music and I adore sitting in a theater watching a live production. Hello Dolly, Mary Poppins, and Wicked are just some of my favorites. The lights on Broadway went dark on March 12th, as COVID-19 cases skyrocketed in New York City. The closure of those shows left many performers out of work including two Kentucky natives. This week on Uniquely Kentucky I'm sitting down with Patrick Garr and Colton Ryan, both were performing in their respective shows at the time. Colton Ryan gained a name for himself when he secured the understudy role on Dear Evan Hansen a few years ago. When COVID hit he had just opened in a new show on Broadway, Girl From North Country. Patrick Garr found himself on Broadway in the smash hit Mean Girls. He was actually on the road touring with a national company of Hamilton when the lights went dark. Both hope despite the shutdown that the great white way comes back stronger than ever when the curtain goes back up.
30 minutes | Jun 9, 2020
Uniquely Kentucky with Amber Philpott | Devine Carama
As we put this particular episode out it comes after a very trying week across the country in the wake of the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis that sparked outrage and a call to action to end police brutality and inequality. Here in Kentucky we have seen protests in the name of George Floyd and for the death of Breonna Taylor back in March in Louisville. Emotions have run high, there has been a lot of tension in a number of communities, but in the end we all deserve to live in a world where we are all equal and just because our skin is a different color shouldn't mean we are treated any differently from the police or anyone. My heart breaks right now for so many, but I also understand that this conversation must continue and it must push for change. To keep this conversation going I wanted to talk with Devine Carama, he is a Lexington hip hop artist, activist and change maker. Through his music, his word and his mentoring he is putting positive vibes out in the world and is calling on all of us to use this time to be better.
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