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z_March 15, 1996
KLKN news anchorman Rod Fowler and anchorwoman Michelle Bandur rehearse at 6 p.m. Wednesday evening at
the new station’s studio on South 10th Street.
A new wave
Lincoln station gets ready to sign on
By Chad Lorenz _^
Senior Reporter “
Lincoln soon will fall from a No. 1 rank
The Capital City, the largest city in the
nation with on lv one broadcast network, will
greet its second, KLKN-TV, when it goes on
the air March 25.
Randal Stanley, news director for the new
ABC affi liate, said hitting the airwaves would
be the climax of an eight-year dream for Phil
Lombardo, owner of Citadel Communica
Lombardo, who owns stations in Des
Moines, Iowa; Sioux City, Iowa; and Rock
ford, 111., wanted to give Lincoln viewers
another choice of local television, Stanley
Thconly other station in Lincoln, KOLN/
KGIN 10/1 f, has dominated the local mar
ket since 1953.
“I think there’s a hunger for an alterna
tive,” said general manager Steve Dant.
: That hunger, Dant said, will attract a lot of
Lincoln viewers to KLKN from their famil
iar viewing habits with KOLN.
* •1 “I think we’re going to be sampled by a lot
of people real early in the game,” Dant said.
* “And it’s up to us to keep them watching.”
Viewers are curious about the new station
because it’s been the biggest change in
Lincoln’s television market, Dant said.
> Stanley said KLKN would pride itself on
local news coverage. The sportscast will
offer quality coverage of high school and
college sports, he said, because that’s what’s
most interesting to Lincoln viewers.
“Other stations try to cover the whole
state. We’ll be focused on Lincoln news.”
The KLKN news team will be involved in
the community and, therefore, will be able to
keep up with the community’s concerns,
Dant said. For instance, the station is a media
sponsor for the March of Dimes.
The reporters and anchors on the news
team also will be in tune with Lincoln be
cause of their Midwestern ties, Stanley said.
Most of the anchors and reporters came to
See KLKN on 8
By Ted Taylor
One day after Nebraska lawmakers agreed
on adding $3.5 million to the state’s budget for
two 100-bed modular housing units at the Ne
---.braska State Penitentiary,
Legislature they rejected a proposal for
k onc more
m The Nebraska Legislature,
in a i /-zz vote, rejected an
amendment Thursday that
would tack on an additional
100-bed housing unit—and
cost $1.8 million.
Omaha Sen. John Lindsay
I-11 HI j tom lawmakers tne debate on
his amendment would be a
continuation ofihe day before — a prediction
that proved to be accurate.
“Yeah, ifyou build them, they will come,“he
said. “But the problem is that we haven’t built
them, and they’ve already come.
“We have a duty to provide adequate space.”
Lindsay said he realized that the modulars
were only a “stopgap” solution and said he
thought the only real adequate space was in a
new prison facility.
But he said he also realized the Legislature
was not ready to spend the $60 million to pay for
the construction of such a facility.
Court interaction and possible civil rights
lawsuits from inmates awaited the state, Lind
say said, if proper housing was not offered.
Sen. Ernie Chambers of Omaha opposed the
amendment and said the construction of build
ings to incarcerate people was immoral.
Chambers accused senators of looking at the
issue with blinds on.
“This plays right in the hands of those who
don’t like to look at the underlying factors that
lead to crime,” he said. “This is a wasteful
expenditure of money.”
In other business:
# Lawmakers again debated and amended a
bill (LB 1189) but did not advance the measure
that would authorize the $1.889 billion needed
to run government next fiscal year.
• Lawmakers advanced from second round
consideration a bill (LB923) to allow a free day
of admission to state parks and free fishing
without a permit or fee somet ime between March
15 and Oct. 15 as determined by the state Game
and Parks Commission.
The Associated Press contributed to this report
Alumni adjust to Irish cultural differences
By Paula Lavigne
DUBLIN, Ireland—They used to
watch the waves of Husker fans flood
ing Memorial Stadium. Now, Mark
and Joanne Hoven Stohs watch the
waves of Dublin Bay.
They cruise on the left side of the
road and have learned to live without
24-hour conveniences in a country
where multiple-choice exams are
The Stohs have adjusted to life in
Blackrock, an exclusive suburb here.
From their shore-side apartment win
dows they can see the fishing village of
These two University of Nebraska
Lincoln alumni work at the nearby
graduate campus of University Col
lege Dublin—Mark as a faculty mem
ber in the department of banking and
finance, Joanne as a faculty member in
industrial relations and business ad
ministration. She’s also a lecturer on
After receiving undergraduate de
grees at Cleveland State University in
Ohio, the couple came to UNL, where
Joanne earned her master’s degree in
human behavior and psychology in
1979, and Mark earned his doctorate
in philosophy in 1980.
From Nebraska, the couple went to
Chicago and then to the University of
Wisconsin'in the next 10 years. At
Wisconsin, Mark received his second
doctorate in finance.
Then they were ready for the big
gest jump of their lives — a jump all
the way across the Atlantic.
Mark heard about a position in
Dublin from a graduate student at
Wisconsin who was from Ireland.
Joanne had always wanted to live in
Europe, so Mark accepted the offer.
A year later, Joanne took a leave of
absence and joined him.
First, it was the little differences.
After growing up in the U.S., get
ting used to cars driving on the left side
of the road took some time.
Joanne still calls the left-hand pas
senger seat the “suicide seat,” and she
said Irish drivers had a different con
cept of space than American ones.
“Where you might have feet be
tween the cars in the States,” she said,
“here you have inches.”
Mark didn’t have a car for his first
year and had to get used to “walking in
the sometimes not-wonderful weather.”
When he did go out, he said, he had
to adjust to the 1 imi ted shopping hours.
“Open 24 hours” isn’t as big a trend in
Ireland as in the United States.
Shopping, and the general cost of
living, is about 40 percent higher in
“I can hardly bring myself to buy
clothes here when I think of the bar
gains back in the United States,” Joanne
Elut what the Irish lack in low prices j
and convenient service, they make up j
for in friendliness, as the Stohs noticed i
during a bed and breakfast tour of
“The owners would sit down and j
talk with you for an hour ormoreifyouj
liked,” he said. “There aren’t many j
places like that in the States.”
Aside from the day-to-day quirks3
obvious to a tourist, the Stohs had to
See STOHS on 6
Mark and Joanne Hoven Stohs, both alumni of the University
of Nebraska-Lincoln, are living in Dublin, Ireland.
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