The passing of former Kentucky Governor and U.S. Senator Wendell Ford signals the end of a political era. So says, Al Smith, who reported on Ford for decades. Smith, the former long-time host of KET's Comment on Kentucky, says Ford was partisan, but he was fair. "A favor for the powerful was followed by a vote for those who were not powerful,” Smith said. “He was really and truly a balanced representative of all of the interests in Kentucky."