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ime flies when you're having fun. It's hard to believe that this year marks the 50th anniversary of Nebraska Educational Telecommunications! NET is the finest public broadcasting system in the world. I know you've heard it before, but there is no place like Nebraska! There are so many wonderful stories of how we got here and the many people who have made it possible. We'll share some of these stories with you over the next year; in fact, Partners magazine has been expanded to 16 pages per issue during this year. NET also has a number of programs and events planned to celebrate our 50th anniversary. Stay tuned! I'd also love to hear from you. If NET has had a positive impact on your life or your family, please let us know. These are the stories that keep us going! You simply cannot have a successful operation like NET without contributions from literally hundreds of people. We have the most talented staff in public broadcasting. From artists to engineers and writers to accountants, they are dedicated to serving you. Indeed our number one core value is: "We know that inside and outside the organization, our highest value is service to others." Governors and legislators also deserve a great deal of credit for our success. We have always enjoyed non-partisan support for our efforts. State support for our operations is critical. Thank you. We have companies and corporations who have given steadfast support to our work as well. We appreciate all you have done. You help connect this state. Finally, give yourself a well-deserved pat on the back. If you are reading this article you're probably a supporter of this system. You can take a great deal of pride knowing that you played a significant role in our success over the years. When you watch our television programs or listen to our radio broadcasts, you hear us regularly acknowledge individuals who see fit to include us in their monthly obligations. These programs are made possible by viewers and listeners like you! Thank you!


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Tohis installment of the Milestone learn how to make a memorial gift, a snapshot Moments timeline offers contact Marti Baumert at to the of important events related [email protected] the development of NET duringor 1950s and 800-634-6788. `60s. The July issue of Partners will cover

the `70s and `80s, and the November issue will look at the `90s through the present.

KUON-TV Channel 12 begins operating November 1, five hours per day, Monday through Friday, sharing studios and equipment with Lincoln's commercial Channel 10, KOLN-TV.




Employees and members alike have fond memories of time spent with NET. In the next three issues we'll celebrate NET's 50 years with some of their favorite recollections.

Logo Woes

We've all heard the phrase, "Great minds think alike." Nebraska ETV proved that to be true in 1976. "It was New Year's Day in 1976," recalls Ron Hull, former program manager. "I was watching the Rose Bowl Parade on NBC, when suddenly I saw it, our logo." NBC had spent over $1 million on the creation of a new logo ­ an exact duplicate of one already being used by NETV. The staff was abuzz on Monday morning. Hull received a phone call from an NBC senior vice president, whose response to the matter, says Hull, was a condescending, "You go right ahead and keep using it. What does it matter?" Hull responded in turn, "It's our logo and we're going to keep it." And the battle began. "Our Washington lawyers were salivating over the opportunity," remembers Jack McBride, former general manager. And they weren't the only ones; when Hull arrived at his hotel, every news outlet in the country was waiting. "It really turned into a David and Goliath story," says McBride. Before long an amicable agreement was reached: NETV relinquished the logo and received just under $1 million in equipment, including a nearly new mobile unit, from NBC. It put us on the map nationally," admits McBride. "And the best part of it was that we'd spent less than $100 on the creation of our logo ­ one that hadn't even been a huge success in-house." NETV couldn't have been happier ­ and the NETV logo designer walked away with a nice reward.

Leta Powell Drake of Lincoln

Irene Abernethy of Grand Island

Long-time on-air personality and former Charter member of the Public Radio NET employee recalls dancing with one of Nebraska Foundation (PRNF) and the Lawrence Welk stars: Nebraskans for Public Television (NPTV)

"Bobby Burgess from Lawrence Welk flew in to be a part of a pledge drive and asked me to dance the jitterbug with him. Remember that Bobby Burgess is a professional dancer and I'm not. I'm a bowler and a horseshoe pitcher. Not wanting to look like a complete idiot, I told him that I only danced the polka. But when it came time to dance, jitterbug music came up. However, I consider myself a leader and not a follower, so Bobby and I danced the polka to jitterbug music. The support from viewers was so overwhelming that we did not have to turn off the bubble machine!" In the 1960s Abernethy was a member of the Central Nebraska Advisory Committee, a group of viewers who met with Ron Hull to discuss the new statewide service and to offer programming ideas. Abernethy was delighted to participate. "Network television was not offering enough quality educational programming," says Abernethy. Now a retired English teacher, Abernethy was particularly excited when she saw NET-produced programming featuring Nebraska authors such as Mari Sandoz, Willa Cather and John Neihardt. "These people are significant and shouldn't be forgotten," she says. Public broadcasting continued to have its place in Abernethy's life. When plans for a statewide radio network came to fruition, Abernethy didn't hesitate to become a member. "I was reared in a family of musicians," explains Abernethy, "and I enjoy everything from big band and classical music to the highquality news coverage on NPRN."

Art Kuhr of Bennett

Long-time set designer for NET remembers hobnobbing with actor Vincent Price:

"As set designer for 33 years at NETV, one of my best memories was in the late `70s when we were doing the Anyone for Tennyson? programs. One of our jobs was to keep our talent at ease when there was a technical problem with the equipment, and one day we were talking with Vincent Price, who was guest-starring on the program. To our amazement, Mr. Price kept us entertained for a half hour with all of his stories about his movies and cookbook!"

KUON-TV, in cooperation with the State Department of Education, the University of Nebraska and Lincoln area schools, begins experimental instructional telecasts ­ the precursor to NET's extensive classroom and home instructional television service.


The Board of Regents of the University of Nebraska assumes FCC assignment of the KUON-TV Channel 12 license.




o microphones, no cameras, not even a studio of its own. Considering its bare bones beginnings, it's a wonder what's now known as Nebraska Educational Telecommunications (NET) was even able to broadcast a single program. Yet it did just that, in December of 1953, with University Christmas Card, a live production featuring musical performances by University of Nebraska students.

The early days of distance ed How did University Christmas Card, and In 1956 the Federal Communications Comthe hundreds of local and national programs mission (FCC) granted the University of Nebraska that followed, come to be? It all began with a Board of Regents control of the KUON-TV "one man band," Jack McBride, who was Channel 12 license. "Even though we hired by the University's public relations were only on the air from 9 a.m. to department to package programs for noon, five days a week, we produced commercial stations designed to a surprising number of programs," broaden the University's mission. says McBride. "For example, the first Not long after, Midwest media college telecourse, on the history of tycoon John Fetzer acquired chanNebraska, aired during that time. nels 10 and 12 in Lincoln, and, in I basically solicited a list of faculty a savvy deal with new University at the University, matched it with the Chancellor Clifford Hardin, offered services the University was most proud channel 12 to the University. And that of, and went from there." was the beginning. McBride knew from the start that "We didn't even own cameras or instructional television would be the studio equipment," recalls McBride, backbone of the network. By 1955, former general manager. "Every time we KUON, in cooperation with the Nebraska wanted to produce a program, we had to State Department of Education, the Unigo out to the KOLN Channel 10 studios." versity and Lincoln area schools, began Adds Ron Hull, who was hired in 1955 experimenting with instructional telecasts as a producer/director, "We had to take ­ everything from Spanish and French to turns broadcasting; when KOLN was live, English composition. In 1960 six nearby we obviously couldn't be doing live TV, Nebraska school districts were incorporated we had to be broadcasting a film and vice as the Nebraska Council for Educational versa. We shared that space for three years, Television (NCET), working with KUON to and paid University students $1 an hour to extend instructional television for use in serve as crew, managing the floor and runtheir classrooms. ning the cameras and audio." "We didn't call it distance education Lee Rockwell, who later rose through back then, but that's exactly what it was," NET ranks to become the assistant general says Rockwell, who worked closely as a manager for educational telecommunicaproducer/director with instructors like Esther tions and director of Great Plains National Montgomery and Bill Gillis. "The instruc(GPN), was one of those students. "My first tors weren't just a bunch of talking heads," job was floor manager," says Rockwell, "which he adds. "We all had to be very creative, with no was basically glorified finger pointing ­ pointing the talent to look at the correct camera. I was just in awe of budget." Rockwell remembers constructing a model of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre from cardboard for the magic of television."

From top to bottom: "One giant step forward" - Bob Schlater (top), former program manager, and Ron Hull, former production manager, celebrate the move to the Temple Building; Lee Rockwell, former director of GPN; Bill Ramsay (left), former chief engineer, with technicians in the control room.


The John E. Fetzer Foundation presents the University with transmitter, transmission line, antenna and studio equipment valued at $135,000.

The Ford Foundation's Fund for Adult Education grants the station $100,000 to buy equipment and assist with studio activation.

" We needed nine full-power " transmitters to cover Nebraska.

­ Jack McBride one of Montgomery's classes, as well as scrounging around the University for discarded objects that could be used as props. "It was definitely a bubble gum and Band-Aid approach," he says. Around that time the station was also sending instructional programs on film to a commercial station in Scottsbluff for broadcast. "But," remembers McBride, "we knew we had to do something else to expand the service to the rest of the state." Buoyed by the support of dozens of school districts, colleges and educational associations across the state, NCET petitioned the FCC for additional stations, and in 1961, KUON and NCET were awarded the largest block of stations ever ­ eight total ­ to enable planning a statewide television network. Legislation for the new building eventually passed, and in 1969 land was acquired at 1800 North 33rd Street in Lincoln to build the Nebraska Educational Telecommunications Center (which was later renamed after Senator Carpenter). According to a 1970 Omaha World-Herald article, Esther Montgomery reportedly exclaimed to a friend on the phone, "The building's gone through!" "My gosh!" replied her friend, aware of the rickety conditions of the houses on 16th and R streets, "was anyone hurt?" Despite the conditions, McBride still insists those buildings were "a godsend ­ I don't it was about halfway between Lincoln and Omaha," know how we could have gotten along without them." says Ramsay. "The only problem was that we were The new facility allowed the crew to step up its proright in the middle of the Cold War era." Because Growing the statewide network . airway between Lin- gram production quality and led the way to the 1960s It wasn't, however, all smooth sailing. "We had of federal restrictions on the and `70s when NETV really "hit its stride," says Hull (see a bit of opposition," says McBride wryly. "One day, coln and Omaha, the tower was approved for only story in this issue, Fossils, Folios and Ferry Boats: The 876 feet. I heard a voice bellow, `Where's McBride?' from Early Days of Programming at NETV), turning out local With the Mead tower running at full power by across the room [at that point the KUON adminisand national headliners like Anyone for Tennyson? tration was housed in the basement of the Temple 1965 and the growth of the statewide network under- and the Mark Twain Series. Nebraska ETV began way, McBride and company turned their attention to a attracting staff from around the state and the country Building]. In stormed Senator Terry Carpenter, new production facility. "At that point we were operwho proceeded to read me the riot act." Carpen­ says Hull, "a whole cadre of talented people who love ating under 14 separate roofs on the city campus," ter, McBride learned, operated a radio station in what they do, some of whom are still here today." says McBride, including the basement of the Temple the Panhandle, and he had plans for a VHF comStay tuned: the July and November issues of building, a former grocery store and barber shop, a panion television station. "He finally exhausted Partners will feature stories on educational services, former gas station, beneath the stands of Memorial himself," recalls McBride. "And, well, obviously, building the technological infrastructure, the growth Stadium and in three houses on the corner of 16th he didn't prevail." and R streets that had been scheduled for demolition of the Nebraska Public Radio Network and more. The passage of the Nebraska Television Act in 1963 was a true milestone. It authorized the devel- before ETV commandeered them in 1967. Legislative approval for a new building took some opment of the statewide network; it created a new A Unique Collaboration state agency ­ the Nebraska Educational Television time. "With hat in hand, I and then-Commission "NET plays a very unique Chairman Art Danielson asked Terry Carpenter to Commission ­ and it appropriated initial funding and important role in the come out to the hallway," remembers McBride, for the nine-station network. It also resulted in a course of the university. of the day he asked the Senator for support. "His unique collaboration between the University and Most people see NET in its response, `Build it in Lincoln, and do it right.' Terry the Commission ­ still the only such collaborapublic function as a televiwent to bat for us under those conditions." tion in the country today. While the University held sion station or a public radio However, when it went up for vote, McBride the license for KUON-TV Lincoln, the Commission station, but it has extraordinary capacities for stood in the back and saw "more red than green" controlled the remaining eight licensed stations. distance education, for developing on-line ­ although the Legislature did appropriate $250,000 Chief engineer Bill Ramsay was tasked with courses. NET regularly interacts with the acato conduct a building planning study. Initially disapoverseeing the growth of the network across the demic programs of the university to enhance pointed, McBride later breathed a sigh of relief: "In state. His first priority: increase Channel 12 from our ability to be at the cutting edge of distance our initial planning we had overlooked space for low to maximum power with as much tower height as possible. "The University had acquired a restrooms and hallways. God help us if it had passed! education and technology-based education." former World War II bomb manufacturing facility The $250,000 allowed us to hire architects and UNL Chancellor Harvey Perlman in Mead ­ a great location for the tower, because travel the country to inspect the best facilities."

From cramped quarters to a palatial estate

KUON-TV Channel 12 begins operating from renovated space in the basement of the University of Nebraska's Temple Building at 12th and R Streets in Lincoln. Nighttime broadcasts are added five times per week.



First videotape recorder arrives enabling instant record/playback and the preservation of locally produced programs for further broadcast use and archival purposes.



Fossils, Folios and Ferry Boats:

The Early Days of Programming at NETV

"The Rhino: Giant on Land," "Camels on the Great Plains," "Pigs of the Past," "Your Pet: 40 Million B.C." Chapters from a history primer or a sci-fi thriller? A little bit of both, in fact ­ these were the titles of four segments in the nationally known, 39-part series The Great Plains Trilogy, one of the first programs produced by KUONTV, long before the Nebraska ETV Network existed. The year was 1954. Television was black and white. The Great Plains Trilogy was produced even before the invention of videotape. "We had two options back then ­ live or 16 mm film," says Jack McBride, retired general manager and producer of the series. "And we did something unheard of at the time with The Great Plains Trilogy: We did it live first at the KOLN studio [where KUON was borrowing studio space], and used that as a dress rehearsal for the filming the next day." "There's nothing like live TV," says Ron Hull, who came on board as producer/director in 1955. "It was wild and fun. You really had to be focused, on your toes. If you made a gaffe, you moved on ­ it had a wonderful, vitalizing energy." Adds McBride, "There were a number of `fluffs,' but we really did pull together to ensure a program would continue on pace." recorded on videotape." Prior to video, programs were created with a kinescope recorder ­ "a large, temperamental, finicky piece of machinery," says McBride. Even after the arrival of videotape, editing was cumbersome at best. "With a Q-tip we'd apply a solution that would illuminate, under a microscope, the area of the tape that needed to be cut," remembers Ramsay. "Then we'd wear cotton gloves and slice the tape with a new razor. We were lucky if 50 percent played back without a noticeable blip."

A studio of one's own

Make way for a modern invention

The Great Plains Trilogy was KUON's first foray into national program production ­ dozens of programs, both local and national, soon followed, aided by two major developments: the invention of the videotape recorder and the creation of KUON's own studio. "We all joked about how the station would never be able to afford one," says Bill Ramsay, who started as a part-time employee at KUON in the 1950s while he was an engineering student at the University of Nebraska. "Videotape recorders were running about $100,000 back then." Thanks to a gift from the Ford Foundation, KUON received its videotape recorder in 1959. "I remember the day it arrived," says McBride. "I called Chancellor Hardin to come over to take a look ­ he was the first person we ever

After three years of sharing studio space with the commercial station KOLN in Lincoln, in 1956 a $100,000 grant from the Ford Foundation funded the renovation of the basement of the Temple Building at 12th and R streets on the UNL campus. From there KUON produced dozens of local programs ­ from Yesterday in Nebraska, House and Home, Your Unicameral and Backyard Farmer (which is still the longest-running locally produced program in the country) to hundreds of classroom instructional television programs. It was during the 1970s, after the brand-new production facility was opened on 33rd Street in Lincoln, that program production hit its stride. Bill Perry, a producer in New York City, and Ron Hull first pitched the idea for Anyone for Tennyson?, a national poetry series, to WNET in New York City. WNET's response was definitive: "They said, `When we decide to do poetry on public television, we'll do it ourselves,'" recalls Hull. "I remember walking out onto 8th Avenue and saying to Bill, `So it ain't going to be a coproduction!'"

Nationally known

Nebraska ETV forged ahead to produce 50 Anyone for Tennyson? shows in three years, comprising public television's first series devoted to poetry. Broadway and Hollywood stars from Claire Bloom, Valerie Harper and Vincent Price to William Shatner, Will Geer, Henry Fonda, Irene Worth, La Var


Six Nebraska school districts and ETV are incorporated as the Nebraska Council for Educational Television to develop instructional television curriculum resources for use in their classrooms.


Governor Frank Morrison appoints a Nebraska State Committee on Educational Television to study expansion of educational television throughout the state.


Coming Soon to a Television Near You

NET has produced top-notch national and local programs for decades. Here's a look at three premiering this spring (check the calendar on page 15 for premiere events):

Emma Goldman: An Exceedingly Dangerous Woman

Burton (in his very first public television appearance) and Jack Lemmon joined First Poetry Quartet members in poetry readings ranging from Shakespeare and Tennyson to Dickinson and Whitman. A handful of episodes were shot on location ­ "Poems of the Sea," for example, was shot on a 19thcentury American whaleship in Mystic, Conn., while "Walt Whitman and the Civil War" was produced on the historic Gettysburg battlefield. "Working on location we were really subjected to the elements," remembers former producer Gene Bunge. "In Mystic, we worked late into the night, and ended up lighting the night for a daytime scene. It wasn't what we had expected to happen, but that's the way it is on location." The majority of the episodes, however, were recorded in the Nebraska ETV studio and other public television studios around the country. "The sets were magnificent," recalls longtime NET employee Char Henninger, who operated a camera for Anyone for Tennyson?. "Anything we needed, we built ­ a ballroom, a coffeehouse, a scene from the early pioneer days." Adds McBride, "I'd look around at those sets, and I never wanted to ask what the designer did to get the stuff, for fear he would tell me." In contrast, the 1980 production of Life on the Mississippi, the first in the five-part national Mark Twain series, was filmed entirely on location ­ largely aboard a genuine Mississippi steamboat on the Illinois River (the Mississippi River had too many power lines and other 20th-century obstructions). "We gave television viewers the real flavor of what it was like to travel through the Mississippi valley wilderness more than a century ago," said NETV producer Marshall Jamison in a 1980 interview. These early national programs paved the way for more to come ­ Trial of Standing Bear in 1988, In Search of the Oregon Trail in 1996 and American Experience: Monkey Trial in 2002, to name just a few (and the tradition continues today; see the sidebar for current national and local productions airing soon). "From the start, we always wanted at least one production on the boards that would qualify for national distribution," says McBride. "We've done that and more."

On a cold December morning in 1919, just after midnight, Emma Goldman, her comrade Alexander Berkman and 247 other foreign-born radicals were roused from their Ellis Island dormitory beds and hurried out into the freezing darkness to begin their journey out of the United States. Their expulsion marks one of the most combative, and most expressive, periods in the free speech movement in America. The first comprehensive film biography of the Jewish anarchist and social reformer, Emma Goldman: An Exceedingly Dangerous Woman, will premiere on the Nebraska ETV Network on April 12 at 8 p.m. CT as part of the national PBS series American Experience.

Solomon Butcher: Frontier Photographer

In 1880, Solomon Butcher came to Nebraska to stake his claim. Within two weeks, he gave it back. While not destined to thrive as a homesteader, Butcher was nonetheless fascinated by the homesteading experience. He spent more than 7 years traveling the countryside, making thousands of images during the Nebraska settlement that would ultimately comprise one of the most unique records of American frontier life from 1886 to 1892. His now famous images of frontier homesteaders are among the most published photographs of the Great Plains experience. Solomon Butcher: Frontier Photographer, premiering as a pledge special on the Nebraska ETV Network on March 7 at 7:30 p.m. CT, will present Butcher's photographs as they have never been seen before. Solomon Butcher: Frontier Photographer is funded in part by the Nebraska State Historical Society.

Hear That Train A Comin'

Follow the Union Pacific Challenger No. 3985 on an excursion across the Great Plains. Along the way you'll meet the colorful people who keep this temperamental giant running, visit train fans for whom these machines are an obsession and stop by the vintage railroad's roundhouse switching stations in Cheyenne, Wyo., where a new generation of mechanics work beside the old-timers. Hear That Train A Comin' will appeal to armchair historians, hard core train buffs and those merely curious about this classic symbol of American westward expansion. Tune in for the pledge special on March 27 at 7 p.m. CT, and enjoy the high-definition ride across Nebraska. Hear That Train A Comin' is funded in part by Oregon Public Broadcasting and the Union Pacific Historical Society


KUON and NCET are awarded 8 additional television station allocations in Nebraska ­ the largest FCC block ever ­ to enable planning a statewide television network.


The Great Plains Regional Instructional Television Library ­ the forerunner to GPN ­ is established at the University of Nebraska as an experimental videotape exchange project.



NET: Here Because of You

Robert and Virginia Knoll are two individuals whose contributions have shaped NET's 50-year history. They represent the collective efforts of you, our viewers and listeners, to ensure that high quality programming and educational services are available to all Nebraskans every day. The Knolls have often worked behind the scenes to help shape the cultural landscape of Nebraska. Robert is the D.B. and Paula Varner Professor of English Emeritus at UNL and a noted author. Virginia has a long history of volunteer leadership, including chair of the Nebraska Humanities Council and president of Friends of the Library. The Knolls also played a role in NETV's first program offerings. Robert was one of NETV's first on-air personalities. In the early years, he was a familiar face on the young television network, participating as a panelist in live airings of poetry readings and critiques and, later, taped interviews with noted poets and authors, including John G. Neihardt and Eudora Welty. Robert hints that those early programs may have helped lay the foundation for NETV's nationally broadcast series Anyone for Tennyson? Although she did not appear on those early broadcasts, Virginia provided support and recalls those first program airings with fondness and laughter. "It was fun to stand on the sidelines and see the faculty enthusiastically cooperate in extending the university's teaching to the rest of the state," she recalls. As NETV grew in technical and programmatic sophistication, the need for Robert's and his colleagues' services diminished and his role as an on-air personality ended. Robert and Virginia's commitment to public television, however, remained solid. The Knolls have supported NETV through the years with their annual membership, increasing their gifts as they are able. Why, after all these years, do they continue to support public television in Nebraska? Robert sums it up simply, "You pay for what you use." Well said and well done, Robert and Virginia. Thank you.

NET's Heritage Library Houses a Treasure Trove of History

John Neihardt. Walter Cronkite. Mari Sandoz. Eudora Welty. Terry Carpenter. Sandy Dennis. Frank Morrison. What do these and hundreds of other prominent local and national figures have in common? They've all walked a step through Nebraska history ­ and been recorded by NET for preservation in the Heritage Library archives. "With the arrival of our first videotape recorder it just clicked," says Ron Hull. "We thought, why not preserve these recordings forever?" In 1960 an appeal to members of the Nebraska State Historical Society raised $2,800 ­ and the NET Heritage Library was born. Later the education committee of the Nebraska legislature passed annual funding, ensuring the life of the Heritage Library. Today the collection of archived videotapes numbers more than 1,000. "It's a preservation of Nebraska history," explains Hull. "The Heritage Library encompasses every aspect of Nebraska life: the arts, science and nature, history, government, biography." A glance at the collection reveals such gems as Dick Cavett's 1973 interview of Nebraska poet laureate John Neihardt; episodes from the original Backyard Farmer series with Wayne Whitney; dramas and documentaries like Trial of Standing Bear and In Search of the Oregon Trail; Nebraska history, such as Build Us a Tower, about the construction of the Nebraska Capitol building and Main Street in a Prairie Capital, still images of Lincoln from the turn-of-the century; and Nebraska politics galore, from the 1975 Governors' Reunion and the 1986 gubernatorial debate between Kay Orr and Helen Boosalis to the biographies Ernie Chambers: Still Militant After All These Years and The Life and Times of Terrible Terry.

Memorial Gifts

Memorial gifts are a lasting memory of your loved ones' commitment to the mission of the Nebraska ETV and Nebraska Public Radio Networks. This legacy becomes a part of our endowed Funds for the Future, which helps ensure the future of public broadcasting in Nebraska.

Gifts were received in memory of:

Scott Cameron Sweenie Louis Noha

To learn how to make a memorial gift, contact Marti Baumert at [email protected] or 800-634-6788.


Passage of the Nebraska Educational Television Act creates the Nebraska Educational Television Commission and authorizes and provides funding for a nine station statewide network. The University of Nebraska/Nebraska Educational Television Commission pools resources and jointly develop the Nebraska Educational Television Network ­ a landmark arrangement that became the foundation of all future Nebraska educational and public television development.

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Maintaining the Heritage Library and keeping the material technologically current is a work in progress. "We plan to transfer the programs from video to DVD," explains Hull. "It's a long process, but we want the programs to be accessible generations from now. There are so many facets to Nebraska history and culture, and the Heritage Library preserves much of what's unique about our state."

If you are a member of NPTV / PRNF at $60 and above, you are entitled to special discounts on program-related products when you shop at the MemberStore. Visit our web site at

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We thought, why not preserve these recordings forever?

­ Ron Hull


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Fontenelle Inn Bed & Breakfast 1424 Fourth Ave., Scottsbluff, NE 308.632.6257

View hundreds of long extinct animals frozen in time. 20% off gift shop. Ron Hull and Mari Sandoz

Special 50th Anniversary Programs for Sale

Beatrice Community Players 412 Ella Street, Lincoln, NE 402.228.1801

Comfortable, turn-of-the-century accommodations and a delicious gourmet breakfast await you. 10% reduction on cash transactions for lodging and gift shop purchases at the Fontenelle Inn Bed & Breakfast and adjoining Empress Emporium.

Lincoln Symphony Orchestra Lincoln, NE 402.476.2211

As part of NET's 50th anniversary celebration, many of the Heritage Library programs will be spotlighted during the regular program line-up on NETV and NETV2 in 2004. A selection will also be available for purchase in VHS through the MemberStore, online at

High-quality live theatrical entertainment including top-name plays, musicals and other events. $1.00 off admission.

Friends of the Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center 313 No. 13th St., Lincoln, NE 402.472.5353

Experience the finest in classical music including an exciting family series. 10% off regular single ticket prices to any Lincoln Symphony Orchestra Concert in the 2003-2004 season. (Discount cannot be combined with any other discount or offer.)

Cambridge Bed & Breakfast 606 Parker, Cambridge, NE 308.697.3220

An artistic and historic home with modern amenities. 10% discount on the rate of a regular room (excluding Hunting Packages.)

Experience the new Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center ­ committed to screening a wide diversity of high quality film and video. 10% discount on all levels of membership in the Friends of the Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center. (NPTV/PRNF MemberCard holders must show card to get a discount.)

Morrill Hall University of Nebraska State Museum 14th & U St., Lincoln, NE 402.472.2646

Nebraska's largest natural history museum. $1.00 off family admission

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The Next 50 Years: Become a Friend of the Future

The MemberCard is a benefit to members at the $60 level and above.

Museum of Nebraska Art (MONA) 2401 Central Ave., Kearney, NE 308.865.8559 Norfolk Arts Center 305 N 5th St., Norfolk, NE 402.371.7199 Shepherd's Inn Bed & Breakfast, Inc. Ord, NE 308.728.3306

Experience 175 years of great art from the 19th century to the contemporary scene. 10% discount on museum shop.

The Nebraska Brass Lincoln, NE 402.477.7899

The Norfolk Arts Center specializes in "Bringing People and the Arts Together!" through exhibits, performances, classes and other special events. Enjoy one complimentary adult single admission when you purchase one adult single admission at regular price.

Enjoy a quiet escape tucked away in the heart of the country. 10% discount on the rate of a regular room (excluding holidays and area festivals, excluding all other discounts and specials.)

Combinations of classical and popular music, Dixieland and jazz. Performing in Lincoln, Omaha and various locations throughout Eastern Nebraska. $2.00 off single admission ticket price for any Concert Series concert.

Omaha Children's Museum 500 S 20th St., Omaha, NE 402.342.6164

Sisters' House 412 Garfield, Stuart, NE 877.773.3390

Nebraska Discount Travel 5400 S 56th St., Suite 6, Lincoln, NE 800.869.0356

Full service travel agency. $50.00 off per cabin for 5-day or longer cruise.

Providing hands-on interactive exhibits and programming to introduce young people to the arts, humanities, science and technology. $1.00 off each admission (limit 6 per group.)

Formerly a convent, this bed & breakfast now features period décor on the upper floor and a rustic cottage style on the lower level. 10% discount on the rate of a regular room.

Omaha Symphony Association 402.342.3560

Nebraska Golfing Green Card 800.401.7888

The Golfing Green Card is your passport to a fun-filled, golf-filled summer. Enjoy a free or highly discounted round of golf at 174 area golf courses. Save $5 on each Green Card when you include your NPTV/PRNF MemberCard number with order. Family of two saves $10.

The Omaha Symphony...a canvas for your emotions! 25% discount on single ticket purchases to 2003-2004 SuperPops or MasterWorks Series concerts. (Excludes Premium concerts. Discount not valid with any other offer.)

Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer Grand Island, NE 308.385.5316

Visit one of the nation's top ten living history museums. $1.00 off any regularly priced admission. (Discount not valid with any other offer.)

As you read this special edition of Partners we hope you are remembering all the enjoyment you and your family receive from Nebraska ETV and NPRN. Television programs such as Sesame Street, NOVA and Masterpiece Theatre, and radio programs such as Morning Edition, All Things Considered and A Prairie Home Companion touch Nebraskans at every stage of their lives. As a viewer, listener and member, you help determine the programs and services we offer through your ongoing annual support. You can also help determine our future through endowed gifts to Nebraskans for Public Television, Inc. and the Public Radio Nebraska Foundation, Inc. Our endowed funds ensure that NETV and NPRN will continue producing and airing local and national programs for many years to come.

Opera Omaha 877.346.7372

Third Chair Chamber Players Lincoln, NE 402.429.8227

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Nebraska Jazz Orchestra Lincoln, NE 402.477.8446

Opera Omaha, bringing world class artists and productions to the historic Orpheum Theatre. Discount up to 30% off regular ticket price. Offer good only for advance ticket sales, special order form must be used.

Take a journey through the genealogy of chamber music from early Baroque to the present. $1.00 discount on individual adult ticket purchases.

for all of my children's future grandchildren, but for future generations, too.

­ Glenn Van Velson, North Platte

One of the Midwest's premier big bands, the ensemble presents legendary compositions by jazz masters such as Woody Herman, Duke Ellington and Count Basie. $2.00 off single admission ticket price for any Concert Series concert.

The Petrified Wood Gallery Ogallala, NE 308.284.9996

Trailside Museum of Natural History Fort Robinson State Park 308.665.2929 Whiskey Run Creek Vineyard & Winery 702 Main St., Brownville, NE 402.825.4601


Nebraska Trumpet Ensemble Lincoln, NE 402.477.7899

Performing trumpet ensemble literature and commissioning new works for trumpet ensemble. $1.00 of single admission ticket price for any Concert Series Concert.

The Gallery is a showcase of natural history specializing in ancient woods, fossils, Indian arrowheads and artifacts. 10% discount on gift shop purchases excluding books, memberships, art from Visiting Artists Series, framing and other services. Cannot be combined with any other discounts.

Spectacular paleontology and geology exhibits. 20% off gift shop.

Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery 12th & R St., Lincoln, NE 402.472.2461

Located on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus, the Sheldon houses more than 12,000 works of art in all media. 10% discount on museum store purchases (excluding any other discount or offer.)

Experience excellent wine and an engaging escape. Whiskey Run Creek works with varieties of grapes to locally produce distinct and flavorful wines. 10% discount off wine and gifts from Whiskey Run Creek Vineyard & Winery (excluding any other discount or offer.)

If you value public television and radio (and we know you do), please consider membership in our Friends of the Future Society as you plan your estate. It's as simple as making a bequest in your will once you have provided for your family. It's also a rewarding way to create a legacy for future generations to enjoy. To find out more about our Friends of the Future Society and how you can make a difference during NET's next 50 years at no obligation, please contact Michele Peón Casanova at [email protected] or at 1-800-634-6788.


KTNE-TV, Alliance, and KPNE-TV, North Platte, go on the air. The Nebraska Educational Television Council for Higher Education (NETCHE) is incorporated as the nation's first statewide all-inclusive collegiate educational television organization.


Pictured clockwise: Chris Farrell hosts Nebraska Connects: Your Money; Israel and Ngozi Nwidor and their son Karm are featured in the PBS special The New Americans, airing in April; Isabelle McKenna, pictured with her daughter Maureen, was diagnosed with Alzheimer's 13 years ago. They and others dealing with the effects of the disease will be portrayed in The Forgetting: A Portrait of Alzheimer's, airing on PBS in May.

Nebraska Connects Viewers to Resources

This spring five upcoming Nebraska Connects programs tackle a variety of issues, from personal finance to the challenges of special needs children, new immigrants and coping with Alzheimer's. Nebraska Connects is a Nebraska ETV and Nebraska Public Radio Networks' initiative designed to connect viewers with resources and engage audiences in an ongoing dialogue about topics of interest to Nebraska's individuals, businesses, families and communities. Two programs offer direct assistance where it affects people most ­ their pocketbooks. On March 4 at 7 p.m. CT, the live call-in special Nebraska Connects: Tax Tips connects viewers with a panel of certified public accountants and tax experts. In addition to helpful hints on filing taxes, Nebraska ETV viewers have the opportunity to call in and ask specific questions about retirement, business or estate issues or just how to save money and maximize deductions. On April 21 at 7 p.m. CT, popular financial expert Chris Farrell of Sound Money, which airs on NPRN, and Right on This spring's Nebraska Connects programs are made possible in part by the following sponsors:

Woods Charitable Fund, Inc. Independent Television Service (ITVS) NAIFA (Nebraska Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors)

the Money, airing on NETV2, hosts Nebraska Connects: Your Money which will be simulcast on NETV and NPRN. Farrell will answer viewers' called-in questions on a variety of investment issues. Nebraska Connects: Special Needs Kids, airing March 18 at 8 p.m. CT, is another call-in exploring services available for children with special needs and the challenges that face them when the safety net of the school system drops away.

On April 7 at 7 p.m. CT, Nebraska Connects: The New Nebraskans will offer viewers the opportunity to discuss how communities can assist new residents and explore attitudes toward new immigrants and their roles in the community. Video segments within the live, call-in program will introduce refugees and immigrants who have recently made Nebraska their new home. The program airs in conjunction with the national PBS series The New Americans. In May, NETV will rebroadcast The Forgetting: A Portrait of Alzheimer's, a national PBS documentary based on the recent acclaimed book by David Shenk. It takes both a sweeping and intimate look at how this cruel disease affects nearly five million Americans and their loved ones and provides viewers with information, insight, context, help and hope. Nebraska Connects: Alzheimer's will allow Nebraskans to call in with their questions directly to Nebraska Alzheimer's experts, with an on-air panel as well as service providers who can respond off-air to more in-depth or private concerns.


Great Plains National Instructional Television Library (GPN) is created as a self-supporting national distribution service.


The Network grows to seven stations, as KMNETV, Bassett, and KXNE-TV, Norfolk, go on the air.




mid rockets and wings, missiles and engines, supporters and staff members of Nebraska Educational Telecommunications (NET) gathered at the Strategic Air and Space Museum in Ashland on Thursday, Nov. 13, to celebrate the accomplishments of the year. The evening opened with a clever rendition of the NPR show Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me, with Nebraska Public Radio Network (NPRN) announcer Hope Stockwell calling out NET-related trivia questions to the audience. Following dinner, keynote speaker Ray Suarez, senior correspondent for the PBS news series The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, shared anecdotes from his 20 years in the news business, as well as commentary on trends in urbanization, population and social dynamics. "The event was a spectacular success," said NET General Manager Rod Bates. "It was an important moment to celebrate the work of each and every person at NET, and to thank our many supporters for enabling us to continue that work."

NET Fall Banquet Keynote Speaker Ray Suarez

Reunion in North Platte. To kick off the filming of the NETV documentary The Canteen Spirit, a big band dance was held with NPRN's Don Gill as host, featuring The Centennials Big Band. Soldiers from around the country joined Canteen volunteers from across Nebraska at the reunion as the North Platte Canteen was recreated for the filming of the much-anticipated documentary.

How Far Have We Come?

On Monday, Feb. 16, the NETV studios were alive with community involvement when Nebraska Connects: Dialogue on Diversity, a live town hall meeting, aired on NETV. The participants and viewers were invited to take part in this interactive discussion on how far we've come in the 40 years since Martin Luther King, Jr. proclaimed, "I have a dream."

KidzExplore and More

Frontier Photos

It seemed like Arthur from the popular PBS Kids children's television series greeted nearly all of the 30,000 moms, dads, aunts, uncles, grandparents and kids who attended KidzExplore, Omaha's premier winter family event, Jan. 16-18 at the Omaha Civic Auditorium. Staff and volunteers from NET helped Arthur promote his "Hooray for Health" campaign as part of the event's emphasis on health, nutrition and physical fitness. And, as a benefit for Nebraskans for Public Television (NPTV), NET also sold its new "Television You Can Trust" t-shirts for kids.

Current and future historians, photographers and the inquisitive gathered in Broken Bow for the premiere of the NETV documentary Solomon Butcher: Frontier American Photographer on Friday, Feb. 27. Special showings were held for area students of Broken Bow Middle School throughout the day, while a reception and showing for those residents interested in capturing a unique glimpse of frontier life in Nebraska (see the sidebar on page 7 for broadcast dates and more about the Solomon Butcher documentary) were held later that evening.

Capturing the Canteen Spirit

Big Red on the Road

The patriotic spirit of Central Nebraska was brought to life Jan. 23-24 at The Canteen Spirit

NET once again participated in UNL's second annual Big Red Road Show, held Sunday, Feb. 29, at the Omaha Civic Auditorium. This super-sized


The eighth and ninth stations of the statewide television Network are activated: KHNE-TV, Hastings, and KRNE-TV, Merriman.


The Nebraska ETV Network begins broadcasting seven days per week. The first mobile unit is put into operation.


Upcoming Events

The following are just a few of the many NET events scheduled in the coming months. For more information, please call 800-634-6788 or visit www.mynptv/org/members.


Live From The Mill Statewide

March 5, Hastings, 9 a.m. Live From The Mill Statewide travels to the Blue Moon Coffee House (635 West 2nd Street) in Hastings for a live broadcast beginning at 9 a.m. CT. Host and producer William Stibor will be joined by Hastings Symphony conductor Dan Schmidt, singer-songwriter Robin Harrell and Celtic piper Davy Spillane.


Live From The Mill Statewide

April 9, Lincoln, 9 a.m. Live From The Mill Statewide broadcasts live from The Lied. Guests will include the cast of Guys and Dolls, which is a collaboration between the UNL School of Music and the Department of Theater Arts, and director Robin McKercher. NETV and NPRN volunteers will also be welcome as our special guests to show our appreciation for all of their support.

PRNF Board of Director Meeting

March 5, Hastings, 3 p.m. videoconference Hastings Public Library, 517 West 4th Street

Nebraska Connects:Your Money

NPTV Spring Member Drive

March 20-22, 25, 27 and 28

Premiere of Hear That Train A Comin'

April 21, Lincoln, 7 p.m. This Nebraska Connects call-in show, hosted by Chris Farrell, of NPRN's Sound Money and host of Right on the Money which airs on NETV2, will broadcast live April 21 at 7 p.m. on NETV and NPRN. Stay tuned for an opportunity to meet with Chris Farrell.

open house event featured more than 50 interactive exhibits, live performances, celebrity alumni appearances, helpful presentations, free giveaways and lots of fun for people of all ages. NET delighted children and families by hosting Clifford The Big Red Dog (from the popular series seen on NETV and NETV2), focused on local productions with handouts and activities and celebrated NET's 50th anniversary.

March 10, Council Bluffs, 7 p.m. Join train enthusiasts for the premiere of NETV's Hear that Train A Comin', 7 p.m. at the Union Pacific Railroad Museum, 200 Pearl Street, Council Bluffs, Iowa. Seating is limited. Please call 800-634-6788 to make reservations.


NPRN and Lincoln Symphony Classics By Request

May 1, Lincoln, 7:30 p.m. It's Classics By Request live when NPRN teams up with the Lincoln Symphony Orchestra for this special concert on Saturday, May 1, at 7:30 p.m. at Kimball Recital Hall at the UNL campus.

Premiere of Emma Goldman: An Exceedingly Dangerous Woman

March 25, Lincoln, 6 p.m. Join the producers of this documentary in a fundraising reception at the UNL Visitor's Center, followed by the premiere at 7:30 p.m. at the Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center, which is open to the public.

Lake Wobegon Weekend Bus Tour to St. Paul, Minn.

Reading Rainbow Young Writers and Illustrators Contest

Deadline: March 29 NETV's own national PBS series, Reading Rainbow, invites youngsters from kindergarten to third grade to write and illustrate their own stories and enter them in the Tenth Annual Reading Rainbow Young Writers and Illustrators Contest. For more information go to or the PBS Kids web site at, or call 1-800698-3426. Entries must be postmarked by Sunday, March 29.

May 14-16 Garrison Keillor fans will journey north to enjoy a live performance of A Prairie Home Companion, one of the most popular radio shows in America. Please call 800-634-6788 for more information.


Live From The Mill Statewide

June 11, Brownville, 9 a.m. The Whiskey Creek Winery in Brownville is the setting for a June on-the-road broadcast of Live From The Mill Statewide, at 9 a.m., with host William Stibor. Guests include Jim Keene and Jan Wright from the Brownville Concert Series, as well as Peru State Professor Dr. Charles "Chet" Harper, along with his cast members from the summer repertory Brownville Village Theatre.

NPRN Spring Member Drive

March 26-April 3

NPTV/PRNF Annual Board of Directors Meeting

June 18, Lincoln, 1-5 p.m.


Nebraska Legislature authorizes construction of a telecommunications building, and land at 1800 North 33rd Street in Lincoln is acquired as the site for the Nebraska Educational Telecommunications Center. Half-hour nightly summaries of the Unicameral begin.



NETV's Sports Coverage:

Catch live sports action on NETV this spring:

Nebraska High School Girls State Basketball Finals Saturday, March 6 9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 5 p.m., 7 p.m., 9 p.m. Nebraska High School Boys State Basketball Finals Saturday, March 13 9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 5 p.m., 7 p.m., 9 p.m.

NETV Sports is generously supported by:

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska BryanLGH Medical Center EducationQuest Foundation Nebraska Beef Council Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD) Nebraska Soybean Board Public Alliance for Community Energy (ACE)


Making a Splash for 50 Years

ports ­ whether collegiate, high school or professional ­ have always been an important part of life in Nebraska. And for 50 years, coverage of Nebraska sports on the Nebraska ETV Network has been an important part of our service to our viewers. The Cornhusker Football series ­ now known as Big Red Wrap-Up ­ began shortly after flagship station KUON-TV signed on in 1954. Over the years a variety of area sportscasters ­ from Dick Perry to Don Gill and now Kevin Kugler and Adrian Fiala ­ have hosted the series, along with a bevy of Nebraska assistant football coaches who served as co-hosts. Live broadcasts of collegiate sports have included swimming and diving, women's basketball, junior varsity football, women's volleyball, women's softball, men's and women's gymnastics, track and field, wrestling, baseball and UNL's annual Spring Red/White football game. For years Nebraska ETV has also broadcast coverage of high school championships, including wrestling, swimming and diving, football, volleyball, basketball and rodeo. We've even offered live broadcasts of professional baseball, hockey and rodeo in Nebraska. Then there are our ever-popular sports documentaries ­ Coach Devaney, Coach Osborne: More Than Winning and the Husker Century trilogy. The best news is that we don't intend to stop our coverage of the sports Nebraskans love so much. If it's important to Nebraska, it's important to us.

Nebraska Public Television & Radio P.O. Box 83111 Lincoln, NE 68501-3111 1.800.634.6788

NonProfit Org. U.S. Postage PAID Nebraskans for Public Television

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