CLASS OF 1976
Howard Stalnaker joined the Meredith Corporation (Meredith Engineering Company, a subsidiary of Meredith Publishing at the time) in 1946 right after his service in the war as a Navy Lieutenant Commander. He rose to manager of Meredith’s KPHO AM and TV in Phoenix in 1954, then came to Omaha when appointed general manager of WOW’s radio and television operations in 1963. Two years later he was named VP of Meredith Broadcasting and on the board of directors, staying until the company left broadcasting in 1975.
In addition to his work in commercial broadcasting, Stalnaker served six years as a member of the Nebraska Educational Television Commission, the licensee of the stations in a statewide non-commercial educational public television system.
A key member of the Board of Directors of the Nebraska Broadcasters Association, Stalnaker served on policy development NBA committees. In 1968 he was the spokesman in presenting to Congress the Association’s resolution opposing the Fairness Doctrine.
He also served on the boards of directors of the Omaha Federation of Advertising, the Television Bureau of Advertising (TvB), and the CBS Radio Affiliates 7th district.
Howard passed away in 1994.