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Class of 2003

People who made their radio careers here in Nebraska



Don Cole

Don Cole graced the studios of KFAB twice in his career.  Before leaving for a short career with KOA in Denver, "The Ol' Redhead" worked in the sports department with Lyell Bremser.  When Cole returned to KFAB just a few years later he was hired for the morning show, teamed up with KFAB's Legendary personalities Kent Pavelka and, Walt Kavanaugh.   Rumor has it he holds the record for most coffee spilled on a radio console!
Dennis Ernest launched his radio career in the early to mid 70's, interning at KSID in Sidney during college.  It was in  the early 80's, while working in Lincoln, that Ernest would become an award winner for his live coverage of the Grand Island tornadoes.  Dennis returned west for a stop at KRVN in Lexington.  Today Dennis and his "wonderful radio voice" are heard at another Nebraska Rural Radio Association station -- KNEB in Scottsbluff.  


Dennis Ernest


Don Gill

There used to be options off the field when listening to Nebraska Football.  Don Gill dedicated his career at KLIN to bringing the Huskers to life in Lincoln as well as a network of stations across the state.  It didn't end in radio.  Gill went on to Nebraska's ETV network at UNL in his later years.  
One of Omaha's most recognized voices, with a heart and soul for radio is Dwight Lane.  Recently returning to his PM Drive shift at KEFM, Lane served as General Manager for Mix 96 while it was owned by Webster.  Dwight has also  served as a chairman for the Nebraska Broadcasters Association.  Many Omahan's still remember him as "Night Train Lane" from his days at KGOR.  


Dwight Lane

 

Bob Palmer Sr is  another of those "Back in the Day" KOIL DJ's.  Palmer hung out with people like Bob Dean, Lyle Nelson and Kent Pavelka long before they were household names.  Before going to Rock and Roll Heaven nearly 14 years ago, Palmer would go on to KXKT and eventually program the station now known as KSRZ.    His son Bob Jr carries on the family radio tradition at Waitt Radio.
  Mike Shane's colorful career began  on the East Coast where he hosted, engineered and occasionally got paid.   He was there the "day top 40 music died" in 1982 as MD for WOW.  He went on to spin oldies at KGOR and host on KFAB (when they still played music!)  Network producer, traffic reporter and assistant Engineer were also part of his routine at 5010 Underwood.   His Engineer cap came in handy when putting Roger W Morgan's "Retro Rock"  on the air and at KCRO where he was OM until 2003.  Today Mike is heard on the Waitt "Country Today" and "Classic Country Networks.    


Mike Shane


Alison Steele

Alison Steele has been in the business for 17 years.  She has spent most of her time in the Midwest, except for a gig in Hawaii.  Steel has spent the past 10 years in Nebraska at stations like Z-92 where she was Music Director and KCTY where she was Program Director.  Steele's voice talent is also in demand locally and regionally.  She is currently working for Waitt Radio Networks "AC Pure" format.
Tony Wike came to Omaha in 1985, where "Cap'n Tony" teamed with Steve Lundy as the Sweet 98 Breakfast Flakes.  Tony would meet up with Lundy again at KKAR in the mid 90's.  Then it was on to KGOR where he and Roger W. Morgan did wakeup duty .  Wike went on to produce Morgan's syndicated program "Rock N' Roll Rewind" and program  the Retro Rock network.  In 2002 he joined KEFM then Jack Swanda for mornings in February '03.  In between, Tony has performed thousands of radio and TV voiceovers,  two movies, and animation voices in four TV series have.   


Tony Wike


Bill Wood 

Dick Perry and Bill Wood are two names synonymous with the longevity of KFOR's popularity and rich heritage.  Teamed up for mornings, Perry and Wood literally woke up the city of Lincoln every morning with the highest rated morning show the Capital city has ever had.


Dick Perry

From 1989-2002 Jack and Fred got Omaha "out of bed" at KEFM .   Jack had been at KGOR since 1982 when Fred Brooks came on board in 1987.  In 1989 Light 96 gave them the opportunity to do a fully supported two person morning show.  The duo then went on help KEFM attain record high ratings.  Brooks was the 800 number voice for "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire".  Today Jack Swanda remains at  Mix 96 while Fred Books is sleeping in a bit later, with PM Drive duties at WIBW-FM in Topeka, KS.  The photo of Jack and Fred was part of a March Of Dimes promotion.  


Jack & Fred


 Joe & Timmo

Joe & Timmo worked together for about a year and a half "before the famous axe fell that took away Gabe Baptiste, Joe, Timmo, Michelle Chase and the gang" at KFMQ in Lincoln.  Joe went to the KATT in Oklahoma City and Timmo went to Z-92 in Omaha.  In December of 1991 Joe & Timmo decided to reunite at the Eagle (KTGL) with a  9 year run until 2002.   Today Joe and Timmo have their own identities with KTGL and Clear Channel - Lincoln.  (Many people were fooled by the Barry Switzer Look-alike!)

Inductees to the " Personalities" section are based on the votes of participating radio personalities all across the state of  Nebraska, between July & October , 2003. Many fine people simply did not make it, but don't forget to nominate them again next year!   If you have any errors or corrections, feel free to submit them to the address below.

 

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