NET Celebrates 30 Years of Public Radio in Nebraska

News Release Date: 
January 18, 2019

For Immediate Release
NET Celebrates 30 Years of Public Radio in Nebraska

LINCOLN, Neb. (Jan. 18, 2019) – This year, NET, Nebraska’s NPR Station, celebrates 30 years of broadcasting news, music and entertainment programs free over the air, and in ways its founders never imagined – streaming live and on-demand, via the NET Nebraska App, on smart speakers and in podcasts.

The network began with hard work by a group of dedicated volunteers. Lincoln resident LaRue Wunderlich and her late husband were impressed by National Public Radio’s reporting about Watergate in the mid ‘70s, and believed Nebraska needed such a news source.

Wunderlich found others like Herb Schimek, John Hansen and Phil Heckman, all of Lincoln, who shared her respect for public radio and were instrumental in the grassroots efforts that preceded its launch. Jack McBride, former general manager of NET, also played a role, organizing a statewide fundraising campaign to match federal grants.

In 1986, the legislature directed the NET Commission to establish a public radio service in the state. Two years later, Union College donated station KUCV to the state, creating the flagship Lincoln station in the now nine-station Nebraska Public Radio Network. In 2001, the radio schedule expanded to a 24-hour service, and in 2006, NET began transmitting an HD radio signal, creating a news/jazz HD-2 channel in 2008.

On the main FM channel, popular local programs such as the weekly arts and entertainment program “Friday LIVE” and “All About Books,” are mixed with news programming on “Morning Edition” and “All Things Considered” from NPR. The balance of the FM radio schedule consists of classical music and entertainment programs such “Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me” and “This American Life.”

NET’s award-winning news team adds local perspective to NPR stories and reports on issues that are important to Nebraskans, including education, politics, agriculture, the economy, health care, the environment and the legislature. And, since 2010, NET and Harvest Public Media journalism partners have produced radio stories about food, fuel and farms in the Heartland.

For more information about NET’s two radio channels, to listen online or via a mobile device, visit netNebraka.org/radio or download the NET Nebraska App.

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MEDIA CONTACT: Kim Rogers, 402-660-5521, krogers@netNebraska.org

NET, Nebraska’s PBS & NPR Stations, is the statewide public media service dedicated to creating opportunities for Nebraskans to engage with critical issues, compelling stories and quality entertainment. NET serves each of Nebraska’s 93 counties with 52,560 hours of programming each year on four television and two radio channels, plus online and mobile content. In addition to providing free, high-quality educational programming for children, NET provides programming in the arts, award-winning news and current affairs information and emergency alert services. For more information about NET, visit netNebraska.org.