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Williams in the process of creating 'Christmas in Kennett'

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Staff Photo by Lecia Forrester Ken Williams prepares for Christmas in Kennett.
Residents of Kennett may have seen Ken Williams out and about town recently with his video camera. Well, it's that time of year again and he is busily working on his 20th "Christmas in Kennett" video.

Williams always begins filming for the video between the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays, giving each year's project a different theme. The theme for 2012 is "Christmas is just around the corner." Helping to sing the song this year will be Gary Wilcoxson, Daryl Wilcoxson, and Jim Baker from the band Usual Suspects, members from the band Jaded, Matthew Poole, Darren Cunningham, Nathan Creed, members of Blackjack Billy, Noll Billings and Rob Blackledge, First Christian Church Choir, Kennett High School Girls' Chorus, and a fifth-grade class from South School.

"The show is kind of a highlight of Christmas activities that go on," Williams said, adding, " I try to get samplings of all the different activities."

The filmed aspects of this year's project include Christmas lights and decorations, and Christmas concerts. When possible, Williams also likes to capture on video highlights of visits to young classes, preschools, and daycares as well as talking to the average person on the street.

When asked how the project began, Williams talked a little about its history. The project actually began 19 years ago, when Kennett Cablevision contacted Williams with an interest in putting a video together of the different Christmas light decorations in the city and he has been doing it ever since airing it on the cable access channel.

After New Wave Communications took over as the local cable television provider, the project was moved to YHC (Your Hometown Channel) 21, which is broadcast out of Dexter. It will be broadcast to Kennett, Senath, and simultaneously in Dexter and Sikeston, as well as available for stream on New Wave's website, www.newwavecom.com.

Williams noted that after the first year that in order to get a bigger audience, he would need to involve people in the videos, especially children. The videos try to include as many of the young classes, preschools, and daycares as possible.

As always, the purpose of making the video is to involve as much of the community as possible.

The Christmas in Kennett video will air at 8 p.m. Christmas Eve, at 8 a.m. Christmas morning, and 8 p.m., Christmas night on New Wave Cable Channel 21 (YHC).

Williams noted, "I call it a labor of love because I sure wouldn't do it if it was something I wasn't enjoying doing."

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You folks in the Kennett area are blessed to have the musical knowledge, talent, and determination of someone like our friend Ken Williams. Ken and we were classmates at Smith-Cotton High, Sedalia, class of '58. I have known Ken since 3rd grade at Broadway School and watched his musical talent grow all through High School and beyond. One of the highlights of our class reunion is, always, Kens musical program.

We wish Ken & Linda the very best as this project proceeds and "Seasons Greetings" to all in the Kennett area. Charles & Barbara Lawrence,

Galveston Island, Texas

-- Posted by Charles&Barbara on Wed, Dec 5, 2012, at 7:47 PM

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