Doug Flynn, a former Major League Baseball player and a current Cincinnati Reds broadcaster, will be the new host of the KET series Kentucky Life when the series premieres its 21st season in November.
KET executive director Shae Hopkins described Flynn, 64, as "a natural storyteller that we think viewers will appreciate and enjoy."
During an 11-year major league career, Flynn won two world championships with the Reds and a Gold Glove award at second base for the New York Mets.
Flynn, who lives in Lexington with his wife, Olga, said in a telephone interview that he had not yet begun filming but was excited about working on Kentucky Life.
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"It looks like it's going to be perfect," Flynn said. "I'll still have my job at Central Bank. I'll still get to do some broadcasting for the Reds."
Flynn is a banking officer with Central Bank & Trust and is involved with numerous civic and charitable organizations, including Hope for the Warriors and the American Association for the Prevention of Substance Abuse in Athletics. A graduate of Somerset Community College, Flynn is a member of the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame.
"This is a beautiful state," Flynn said. "Last night I was at Green River, fishing, the moon came up, and I thought, there are so many wonderful places here. ... I'm proud of this state, and I want to share it with everyone else."
Kentucky Life has been in production since 1995. Flynn follows former Kentucky Life hosts Dave Shuffett and Byron Crawford.