Public broadcasting in Nebraska touches the lives of residents daily in their homes, schools and communities. The state’s nine public television and 12 public radio stations play a vital role in Nebraska education through their services for teachers and classrooms, parents and caregivers. In partnership with schools in the state and nationwide, public broadcasting continues to pioneer technology to build the classrooms of tomorrow, today. Among other programs, projects and services, public broadcasting in Nebraska:
- Partners with the governor, the University of Nebraska and the State Department of Education to create a virtual high school.
- Designs online training courses and educational websites for the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality; the U.S. National Institutes of Health; the Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles; and the University of Nebraska’s Prevention Center for Alcohol and Drug Abuse, Custodial Services and Facilities Management, and Office of Graduate Studies.
- Produces numerous local, regional and state programs including:
- Hearing Loss in the Military, a 60-minute documentary addressing the stigmas associated with this disability and educating those afflicted about the resources available to them.
- Signature Stories, in-depth reports on issues of importance to Nebraskans.
- NET Radio, a partnership with several other Midwest stations as part of a Local Journalism Center grant from CPB.
- Harvest Public Media, a multimedia approach to provide coverage of agribusiness.
- Coverage of government proceedings live from 11 state venues including the main legislative chamber.
- Participates in the Corporation for Public Broadcasting’s American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen initiative, which focuses on reducing the high school dropout rate through national and local content, classroom resources and community partnerships.
- Provides more than 200 hours of live television coverage of high school and collegiate sports, with huge followings for women’s volleyball and men’s baseball, hockey and the ever-popular locally produced Big Red Wrap-Up football show.
- Gives University of Nebraska student interns valuable hands-on work experience in journalism and television and radio production through assignments at NET. A broadcasting class is also taught on premises using NET studios, equipment and personnel.
- Through NET Radio, works in partnership with various nonprofit organizations to produce and promote fine arts programs and community activities.
- Showcases youth, ages 7 to 13, who are recognized for their outstanding musical talent on public radio’s Classical Kids. They are selected by a panel of musical experts, based on their written and audio applications.