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NBA HALL OF FAME CLASS OF 2017: CRAIG ECKERT & DON WRIGHT

Nebraska Broadcasters Association to induct Craig Eckert and Don Wright into Hall of Fame

The NBA is pleased to welcome Craig Eckert and Don Wright into the NBA Hall of Fame, which was established in 1972.  These respective 98th and 99th members will be inducted in a ceremony on August 15th during the NBA’s 82nd Annual Convention in La Vista, Nebraska.

Eckert was born and raised in St Paul, Minnesota.  He became editor of his high school newspaper and enrolled at the University of Minnesota with plans to work for the Minnesota Daily newspaper.  Those plans changed during a visit to the student radio station, WMMR.  Craig started working at the station and left the University to attend Brown Institute of Minneapolis where he graduated in 1971.  Craig’s first job took him to KICS in Hastings, NE.  Craig accepted steady promotions resulting in moves to stations in Kansas, Wisconsin and North Dakota before moving back to Nebraska in 1991 to become General Manager of KKPR AM/FM in Kearney.  Craig and other investors bought the stations in 1994.  As owner and General Manager, Craig grew the company, buying the first radio station he ever worked at - KICS  - along with KHAS AM/FM in Hastings, NE.  Beyond his tireless passion for coaching talent and grooming future broadcasters, Craig has been an active leader in legislative matters in Nebraska and nationally.  Although the ultimate resolution is pending, his testimony in a federal hearing in Philadelphia helped the Radio Music License Committee and SESAC reach agreement as to the terms of a settlement concerning antitrust litigation initiated by the RMLC against SESAC.  His regular contact with state and federal legislators has helped shape policy and kept local broadcasting in a place of prominence.  A two-time Chairman of the NBA Board, Craig and his wife Carol reside in Kearney, NE.       

Wright was born in Meadow Grove, Nebraska.  He served in the U.S. Army from 1943 to 1946 and earned his BA from Denver University in 1949 with a degree in Photography, Political Science and Journalism.  After returning to Nebraska as a reporter for the Lincoln Star from 1950 to 1953, Don joined KOLN TV when the station signed on in February of 1953 where he worked for 34 years.  Hired as a reporter/photographer, Don used his large format camera to shoot black and white stills that aired on KOLN newscasts.  Don shot the first pictures of the infamous 1957-1958 murder spree of Charles Starkweather, with his photos used by KOLN and soon by AP and UPI wire services and several magazines.  As KOLN moved to 16mm film to document news, Don learned how to shoot stories and operate the film processing equipment.  Don was named Assistant News Director in 1961 and at Don’s behest, KOLN purchased more cameras and hired more photojournalists and reporters to deliver the news with continued leaps in technology.  In 1981 Don was promoted to News Director and he continued training his rapidly growing staff.  Under Don’s leadership and vision, miles and miles of black and white footage burst into color, and then into video, as he moved KOLN from the darkroom to the video era.  Don retired in 1986 and resides in Lincoln with his wife MaryLou.