Radio Review

12.18.14

Happy Birthday Wishes to:

Andrew Hamling, Mark Korth, Dan Pekny, Virgil Pilger, Linda Weich 

Skywatch Weather:

Today, chance of snow early, otherwise cloudy, high 29.  Tonight, mainly cloudy, low 21.  Friday, overcast, high 33. 

Sports:

ESPN Radio at 105.9 WJAG-FM & 780 WJAG-AM Mon-Fri at 5:00 PM; Sat & Sun at 4:00. 

On the day he was introduced as Youngstown State's new head coach, the ugly nature of Bo Pelini's departure from Nebraska was revealed.  Pelini, who was fired on Nov. 30, lambasted Nebraska athletic director Shawn Eichorst in a profanity-filled talk during his final meeting with his players.  The Omaha World-Herald reported yesterday that it obtained an audiotape of Pelini's address to the players on Dec. 2 at a Lincoln high school.  The university said in a statement that if the audiotape is authentic, "it only reaffirms the decision that he should no longer be a leader of young men at Nebraska."  The World-Herald reported that Pelini used two vulgarities in reference to Eichorst.  There were other instances of profanity on the audio. 

Buoyed by the success of its athletic programs, administrators at Northeast Community College have announced that the Norfolk-based institution will add two new athletic programs to its growing roster of sports.  Women's softball and men's soccer will begin at the college in fall 2015.  The move comes two years after Northeast reinstated women's volleyball and men's golf following the discontinuation of the two sports a decade earlier.  Northeast also has men's and women's basketball programs.  The new sports will be considered as National Junior College Athletic Association Division II programs, similar to the college’s volleyball and golf programs.  The college will begin the hiring process of coaches immediately. 

The Norfolk Catholic and Lutheran High Northeast girls basketball teams meet up tonight at 8:00 at the Norfolk Catholic Activities Center.  The 4-1 Lady Knights are ranked fifth in the Lincoln Journal Star and sixth in the Omaha World Herald in Class ‘C-1’ while the 0-4 Lady Eagles are unranked in Class ‘C-2’.  Norfolk Catholic won last year’s meeting 56-40 and have won five of the six meetings in the history of the matchup. 

Local Schedule:  Mt. Marty at WSC (MBB-7:00). 

Saturday Night:  The Lutheran High Northeast girls & boys basketball teams are on the road at Homer.  The girls game starts at 6:00 followed by the boys contest.  Pregame coverage at 5:40.  Both games can be heard on Newstalk WJAG 105.9 FM & WJAG.com. 

Local Scores:  NECC 93 Iowa Central CC 88 (OT) (MBB); Nebraska-Omaha 92 Northern Colorado 82 (MBB). 

Kwifax:

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News Briefs:

A coalition of industry and business interests in Northeast Nebraska have announced the organization 4 Lanes 4 Nebraska, a trade and advocacy organization promoting the modernization of Nebraska’s transportation infrastructure. The group will focus immediately on the expansion of Highway 275 from two to four lanes from east of Norfolk to southeast of Scribner. Executive Director Josh Moening says, "We’ve come together to make a simple point: Northeast Nebraska deserves 21st century infrastructure.”  The Northeast Nebraska portion of Highway 275 was constructed as a two-lane highway in 1939. In 1988, the State of Nebraska enacted transportation policy to prioritize the connection of each major Nebraska community to an interstate system via a four-lane highway. Highway 275’s 45 miles of two-lane road remain one of the few unfinished segments within the 600-mile statewide expressway system. 

Gov. Dave Heineman says a special legislative committee investigating prison sentence miscalculations is trying to rewrite history. The committee accuses Heineman of pressuring Corrections officials to keep the prison population down and avoid the cost of building a new prison.  Heineman counters that committee chairman, Sen. Steve Lathrop of Omaha and other lawmakers could have moved for the Unicameral to add prison space either by introducing legislation to build a new prison or by submitting an amendment to the budget appropriations bill, but didn't.  Heineman points out that another committee has been reviewing steps the state can take to reform the prison system. 

After more than 28 years, the Lower Elkhorn Natural Resources District will soon have a new leader. NRD General Manager Stan Staab is retiring after more than 35 years in the Nebraska’s NRD system. Staab began his NRD career in 1979 with the Upper Big Blue in York. He moved with his family to Norfolk in 1986, after accepting the general manager position with the Lower Elkhorn NRD. Staab says he’s enjoyed working with his staff, the board of directors and the people of Northeast Nebraska over the last 28 years. The Lower Elkhorn NRD board recently named Mike Sousek of Wahoo as Staab’s successor. 

Pilger residents have donated outdoor Christmas decorations after much of the town's holiday lights were destroyed in a tornado earlier this year. Pilger's decorations were stored at a resident's home, which was leveled by a June 16th tornado. New holiday ornaments and lights were purchased, and three trees at Pilger Park were decorated with them by Thanksgiving. Soon, other residents added to the lighting in the Stanton County community's park. They contributed outdoor nativity sets and small lighted trees. 

One of the region’s top Christian music artists is set to perform her Christmas concert Friday night at the Johnny Carson Theatre. Jill Miller says she and her band are excited to be coming to Norfolk.  Miller says it's a great show for the whole family. The concert is scheduled for 7:00 Friday night, doors open at 6. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for kids 12-and-under, and are available at Lou’s Thrifty Way, The Abbey, Renegade, or at the door. For more information, visit the web page ChristianCrossFestival.org. 

Today's Tickler: 

He was up until 4 a.m. with a great book.  Once he starts coloring, he finds it hard to stop.

 

Posted on Dec 18th, 2014 at 7:45 am

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