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Last updated 8:36PM ET
March 1, 2021
Nebraska News
Nebraska News
Pioneer of public televison dies
Public broadcasting pioneer Jack McBride is known as the father of educational television in Nebraska. Photo by NET
(NET Radio) - Jack McBride, a pioneer in public broadcasting in Nebraska and nationwide, died early Monday morning. He was 82. In 1954 McBride helped put KUON-TV, at the University of Nebraska, on the air. It was only the nation's 7th public television station at the time. McBride served as general manager of the nine-station Nebraska ETV Network since 1963 to his retirement in 1996. He was also responsible for bringing statewide public radio to Nebraska with the creation of NET Radio. Under his leadership, Nebraska Educational Telecommunications -- the parent organization of NET Television and NET Radio -- has grown to become one of the most successful programs of its kind in the country.McBride died at Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital in Lincoln, where he had been recuperating from lung surgery. His family plans a private funeral, with burial in Omaha.
A celebration of life service will be held at First Presbyterian Church, 17th and F Streets in Lincoln, at 1 p.m. Friday.
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