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Channel 26, Lexington

City of License: Lexington, NE

First Air Date: September 6, 1965

Operating Power: 375 kW @ 1,086 feet

Original Call Letters: KLNE 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

Through the Years

  • 1965

    September 6, 1965-KLNE, Channel 3 Lexington signs on, the first of a state network of television stations owned by the Nebraska Educational Television Commission comprised of a network of public radio and television stations in Nebraska, headquartered in Lincoln.  It is programmed as a satellite of KUON TV 12, affiliated with PBS.

    The KLNE tower is located on the site of a World War II prisoner of war camp, Camp Atlanta, near Holdrege.

    1961-  Five VHF and three UHF channels were allocated for educational use in Nebraska.

    1963- The Nebraska state legislature approved plans for a statewide educational network under the control of the NETC.

  • 1972

    Headquarters move to the new location, the Terry M. Carpenter & Jack McBride Nebraska Public Media Center, 1800 North 33rd St, Lincoln on the East Campus of the University of Nebraska.   Jack McBride was the founding General Manager of the network and remained in that capacity for 43 years.

  • 2008

    February 17, 2009-  KLNE shuts down its analog signal and continues broadcasting on Digital 26.