By Leo Adam Biga
Flatwater Free Press 

Nebraska's Ron Hull typifies the very best of us


March 16, 2023

Eric Gregory | For Flatwater Free Press

Legend • Nebraska broadcasting legend Ron Hull works at his desk at Nebraska Public Media on Feb. 3. Hull helped to found and grow both PBS and public television in Nebraska. Born in a South Dakota brothel, he grew up to become a public television power in Nebraska and Washington, D.C. Last year, the 92-year-old cast the tiebreaking vote to put Malcom X into the Nebraska Hall of Fame.

It came down to Ron Hull.

In September, the seven members of the Nebraska Hall of Fame Commission met in Lincoln to decide whether to induct civil rights leader and Omaha native Malcolm X.

Three members were in favor of his induction. Three were opposed. After years of debate and several failed attempts to get the slain civil rights leader into the hall, the long-controversial effort now would be decided by one man.

It was up to Hull, a silver-haired 92-year-old, a longtime Nebraska Public Media leader, public television pioneer and the Hall of Fame's chair, to break the tie.

So he stood an...

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