Bill Kelly

CLASS OF 2023 Bill Kelly has provided over four decades of service to broadcast journalism in Nebraska.  His career began in 1981 as a political and investigative reporter for Omaha’s WOWT TV before taking an interim producer’s role in 1989 at KOLN/KGIN TV in Lincoln.  In 1990, Bill joined NET Television/Radio (now known as Nebraska […]

Val Lane

CLASS OF 2023 Long before the show “Better Call Saul” gained popularity, the cry from dozens of Nebraska radio stations has been “Better Call Val.”  Val Lane has been providing outstanding engineering support for more than 40 years across Nebraska and remains in steady demand.  From overseeing the design and construction of everything from remote […]

Otis Twelve

CLASS OF 2023 The name Otis Twelve is iconic to two generations of people growing up in Omaha.  Otis got his start as the host of “Midnight Mondo” on KQKQ in 1973.  Six years later he began his rise to even greater fame as the morning show host of “Otis Twelve with Diver Dan Doomey” […]

Rick Alloway

CLASS OF 2022 Rick Alloway earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in broadcasting from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. He worked for KFOR radio in Lincoln from 1972-1984 as an announcer, producer, promotions director and operations manager. He then worked as an account executive and as a broadcast producer for a Lincoln ad agency for […]

Gary Kerr

CLASS OF 2022 During his 34 years as a broadcast journalist, Gary Kerr became known as the “Cronkite of the Midwest,” a trusted anchor for his professionalism, intelligence and kind demeanor. His career began as an Ag reporter in Sioux City, Iowa before moving to Omaha in a similar role at WOW radio & WOW […]

Neil Nelkin

CLASS OF 2022 In a career spanning more than 50 years and still going strong, Neil Nelkin has moved through the broadcasting ranks as an announcer, talk show host, program director, operations manager, station manager, and co-owner. Nelkin also worked in operations and engineering for the ABC Television Network in New York. Nelkin’s true love […]

Lloyd Thomas

CLASS OF 2013 Lloyd Thomas began his broadcasting career in High school at WOPI radio in Bristol, Virginia. After serving in the U.S. Army during World War II, he moved to Hastings, Nebraska as a news announcer for KHAS Radio in 1946. He became Program Director in 1950 and Assistant Manager in 1955. He left […]

Bob Thomas

CLASS OF 1972 Robert E. “Bob” Thomas was the executive vice president and general manager of Norfolk’s WJAG and its later FM KEXL from 1951 to 1985. From 1964 to 1985 he also served as executive vice president of KCOL AM/FM Fort Collins, CO. During the ’60s and early ’70s, his Beef Empire Group also […]

Floyd Kalber

CLASS OF 1972 Floyd Kalber (aka “The Big Tuna”) was born in Omaha on December 23rd,1924.  Returning home after two years in the army during World War II he enrolled in the journalism department of Creighton University but dropped out after a semester to work at KGFW in Kearney.   From there he went to a […]

Merle Jones

CLASS OF 1972 Born in Omaha, Merle Jones was a 1925 graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a 1929 graduate of the University of Nebraska College of Law. Jones started in radio at WAAW, Omaha, the station destined to become KOWH, KMEO, and today’s KCRO. He later served as general manager of four stations […]