Nebraska Educational Telecommunications

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Nebraska Educational Telecommunications
Nebraska Educational Telecommunications
statewide Nebraska
Branding NET
Channels Digital: see table below
Affiliations PBS (television; 1970-present)
NPR (radio)
Owner KUON: The University of Nebraska
Others: Nebraska Educational Telecommunications Commission
First air date November 1, 1954 (television)
October 10, 1989 (radio)
Call letters' meaning see table below
Former affiliations Television: NET (1954-1970)
Transmitter power see table below
Height see table below
Facility ID see table below
Transmitter coordinates see table below

Nebraska Educational Telecommunications (NET) is a state network of public radio and television stations in Nebraska and is based in Lincoln. It is operated by the Nebraska Educational Telecommunications Commission. The television stations are all members of PBS, while the radio stations are members of NPR.

The network is headquartered in the Terry M. Carpenter & Jack G. McBride Nebraska Educational Telecommunications Center in Lincoln, and has a satellite studio in Omaha.



NET Television logo

Nebraska was one of the first states in the nation to begin the groundwork for educational broadcasting. The University of Nebraska successfully applied to have channel 18 in Lincoln allocated for educational use in 1951.

In 1954, however, John Fetzer, owner of KOLN-TV, offered to donate his station's old channel location on channel 12 (it had recently moved to channel 10) to NU. This allowed UNL to use more signal at less cost. UNL quickly jumped at this proposal, and KUON-TV went on the air on November 1 from KOLN-TV's studios. It was operated in trust for NU until 1956. In 1960, the Nebraska Council for Educational Television was created by six school districts in Nebraska. By 1961, 5 VHF and 3 UHF channels were allocated for educational use in Nebraska—the largest set ever approved for educational use in a single state. In 1963, the state legislature, per a committee's recommendation, approved plans for a statewide educational television network under the control of the Nebraska Educational Television Commission. A deal was quickly reached in which Lincoln's KUON-TV would remain under NU's ownership, but serve as the new state network's flagship.

In 1965, KLNE-TV in Lexington became the first station in the new state network, followed a few months later by KYNE-TV in Omaha. The state network grew quickly; six stations signed on from 1966 to 1968 to complete the state network. It began a full seven-day schedule in 1969.

In 1975, NBC unveiled a new logo that was identical to the Nebraska ETV logo, but for the blue coloring of the right trapezoid in the NBC logo. The commission sued NBC for trademark infringement, a suit which generated national attention. In an out-of-court settlement, NBC donated a color mobile unit and other equipment totaling over $800,000. NBC paid an additional $55,000 to reimburse the commission for the costs of eliminating the old logo from all advertising. Nebraska ETV's new logo was unveiled in 1976.

A CPB study, Study of School Use of Television and Video, found Reading Rainbow (a co-production of NET and Buffalo, New York's WNED-TV until 2006) to be the most used and viewed children's television program in America during the 1990-1991 school year.

Since 1974, NET has operated a studio in Omaha, on the campus of the University of Nebraska-Omaha. It is primarily used when KYNE breaks off from the state network to broadcast programming of specific interest to the Omaha market.

In autumn 2008, NET stations KUON, KMNE, KPNE, KRNE, and KTNE turned off their analog channels. Station KXNE turned off their analog channel in November 2008, and stations KHNE, KLNE, and KYNE turned off their analog channels on 2/17/2009 (the original digital TV cut-off date).


The Educational Television Commission had its mission broadened to radio in 1984, but it was 1989 before it could begin the groundwork for building a state radio network. For many years, there were only two NPR members in the entire state--Omaha's KIOS and Lincoln's KUCV. In 1989, however, UNL bought KUCV from Union College. KUCV officially relaunched from its new studios on October 10, 1989. In 2001, KUCV moved from 90.9 FM (where it had been since its sign-on in 1974) to 91.1.

In 1990, public radio stations opened in Alliance, Lexington, Columbus, Norfolk, and Hastings. North Platte, Bassett, Merriman, and Chadron followed in 1991. The entire Nebraska Public Radio Network (NPRN) was formally dedicated on October 8 in a special ceremony, broadcast live on NPRN and NETV.

The Nebraska Educational Telecommunications Facilities Corporation was established to facilitate lease/purchase of the GTE SpaceNet 3 transponder.

Television stations[edit]

NET Television consists of nine full-power stations. Combined, they reach almost all of Nebraska, as well as parts of Iowa, Kansas, and Wyoming. Eight of the stations are owned by the NETC. The flagship station KUON is owned by the University of Nebraska, but through a long-standing agreement is operated by the Commission.

Station City of license Channels
(TV / DT)
First air date Call letters’
ERP HAAT Facility ID Transmitter Coordinates
KUON-TV Lincoln 12 (PSIP)
12 (VHF)
November 1, 1954 University Of Nebraska 75 kW 253 m 66589 41°8′18″N 96°27′20″W / 41.13833°N 96.45556°W / 41.13833; -96.45556 (KUON-TV)
KHNE-TV Hastings 29 (PSIP)
28 (UHF)
November 18, 1968 Hastings NEbraska 200 kW 366 m 47987 40°46′20″N 98°5′21″W / 40.77222°N 98.08917°W / 40.77222; -98.08917 (KHNE-TV)
KLNE-TV Lexington 3 (PSIP)
26 (UHF)
September 6, 1965 Lexington NEbraska 375 kW 331 m 47975 40°23′5″N 99°27′30″W / 40.38472°N 99.45833°W / 40.38472; -99.45833 (KLNE-TV)
(Nebraska Educational Tower Holdrege)
KMNE-TV Bassett 7 (PSIP)
7 (VHF)
September 1, 1967 Middle NEbraska 27 kW 453 m 47981 42°20′5″N 99°29′2″W / 42.33472°N 99.48389°W / 42.33472; -99.48389 (KMNE-TV)
KPNE-TV North Platte 9 (PSIP)
9 (VHF)
September 12, 1966 North Platte NEbraska 85 kW 334 m 47973 41°1′22″N 101°9′14″W / 41.02278°N 101.15389°W / 41.02278; -101.15389 (KPNE-TV)
KRNE-TV Merriman 12 (PSIP)
12 (VHF)
December 9, 1968 MeRriman NEbraska 75 kW 322 m 47971 42°40′37″N 101°42′39″W / 42.67694°N 101.71083°W / 42.67694; -101.71083 (KRNE-TV)
KTNE-TV Alliance 13 (PSIP)
13 (VHF)
September 7, 1966 Television NEbraska 27 kW 466 m 47996 41°50′27″N 103°3′18″W / 41.84083°N 103.05500°W / 41.84083; -103.05500 (KTNE-TV)
KXNE-TV Norfolk 19 (PSIP)
19 (UHF)
November 10, 1967 X (Across) NEbraska 475 kW 253.2 m 47995 42°14′15″N 97°16′41″W / 42.23750°N 97.27806°W / 42.23750; -97.27806 (KXNE-TV)
KYNE-TV1 Omaha 26 (PSIP)
17 (UHF)
October 19, 1965 Your NEbraska 200 kW 117 m 47974 41°15′28″N 96°0′32″W / 41.25778°N 96.00889°W / 41.25778; -96.00889 (KYNE-TV)


  • 1. KYNE occasionally breaks off from the NET Television state network to broadcast local programming. KYNE's programming became digital-only on February 17, 2009.[1]

The state network also has 14 translators.

Cable and satellite availability[edit]

NET Television is available on nearly all cable systems in Nebraska. Selected cable systems in northern Kansas carry Hastings' KHNE in addition to Smoky Hills Public Television; these counties are part of the Hastings/Kearney side of the Lincoln/Hastings/Kearney media market. Additionally, Omaha's KYNE is carried on most cable systems in southwestern Iowa.

On satellite, KUON, KYNE, KPNE, KXNE, and KTNE are carried on the local Lincoln, Omaha, North Platte, Sioux City, and Cheyenne, Wyoming Dish Network feeds, respectively. KTNE is the sole PBS station available to satellite viewers in the Cheyenne market. KHNE, KYNE, and KXNE are available on the Lincoln, Omaha, and Sioux City DirecTV feeds, respectively.

Radio stations[edit]

NET Radio logo

NET Radio is governed by the NET Commission and the NET Foundation for Radio Board. It consists of all NPR member stations in the state except for KIOS in Omaha; that station is operated by the Omaha Public Schools. Programming consists of classical music and NPR news and talk.

NET Radio broadcasts two HD Radio channels. The first is a simulcast of the analog signal, while the second airs increased news programming as well as jazz. Both stream live on the Internet.

There are nine full-power stations in the state network:

Station Frequency City Callsign Meaning
KUCV 91.1 FM Lincoln (flagship) Union College (original owner) Voice
KCNE-FM 91.9 FM Chadron Chadron Nebraska
KHNE-FM 89.1 FM Hastings Hastings NEbraska
KLNE-FM 88.7 FM Lexington Lexington NEbraska
KMNE-FM 90.3 FM Bassett Middle NEbraska
KPNE-FM 91.7 FM North Platte North Platte NEbraska
KRNE-FM 91.5 FM Merriman MeRriman NEbraska
KTNE-FM 91.1 FM Alliance Towards NEbraska
KXNE-FM 89.3 FM Norfolk X (Across) NEbraska

The state network also has five low-power repeater signals.

Digital TV[edit]

The digital channels of NET's main stations are multiplexed (all times Central):

Digital channels

Channel Programming
.1 Main NET Programming / PBS HD
.2 NET2 World
.3 NET 3 Create


  1. ^ Digital delay muddles broadcasters' plans, BRYAN REDEMSKE, Omaha WORLD-HERALD, February 6, 2009

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