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Channel 12, Merriman

City of License: Merriman, NE

First Air Date: December 9, 1968

Operating Power: 75 kW at 1,056 feet

Original Call Letters: KRNE TV

Format: Educational

Network Affiliation: PBS

General Manager: Jack McBride

Program Director: Bill Oxley

Chief Engineer: William R. Ramsay

Issued To: Nebraska Educational Television Commission (NETC)

Through the Years

  • 1968

    December 9, 1968- KRNE, Channel 12, licensed to Merriman, NE signs on, owned by the Nebraska Educational Television Commission (NETC), which duplicates the programming from KUON TV 12 in Lincoln, a PBS affiliate, and part of a state network of public radio and television stations in Nebraska, headquartered in Lincoln.

    In 1961, five VHF and three UHF channels were allocated for educational use in Nebraska.

    In 1963, the state legislature approved plans for a statewide educational network, under the control of the NETC.


  • 1972

    Network headquarters were moved to the new Terry M. Carpenter & Jack McBride Nebraska Public Media Center, located at 1800 North 33rd Street in Lincoln, on the East Campus of the University of Nebraska.   McBride served as the founding General Manager of the operation for 43 years.

  • 2008

    Autumn 2008- KRNE shuts down its analog signal.