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Hall of Fame 2006

Don Gill

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Don Gill started his broadcasting career with the Armed Forces Radio Network during th Korean War. He helped put KNCK, Concordia, KS on the air in 1954, and then joined the Bob Schmidt organization at KAYS in Hays, KS and as teh company expanded, went on to stations in Goodland, KFEQ in St. Joseph, MO, and at KCOW in Alliance, NE, where he was the station manager for five years. During this period he achieved many honors including Jaycee of the Year, Man of the Year, and Boss of the Year.

In 1972, he joined KLIN, Lincoln as Sports Director, where his Husker play-by-play announcing resulted in his being named the "Nebraska Sportscaster of the Year" five times. After rising to KLIN Station Manager, Gill accepted the position of Director of Development at Nebraska ETV in 1985, retiring in 1997.

For the past 15 years, he has hosted a weekly Big Band program on public radio which extends his career to 52 years in broadcasting.

During his 34 years in Lincoln, he has served as emcee at many charity events and banquests. Two of his longest running assgnments are the State Community Awards banquet for 25 years and teh Linicoln Continental annual Barbershop Show for the past 30 years. He currently volunteers with the Lincoln Area on Aging, is a tour guide for the Convention & Visitors Bureau and is President of the Lincoln Municpal band.

Radio and music are in his genes. His mother was a featured radio vocalist in the 1920's and he grew up listening to radio. Gill shared these memories at speaking engagements with his "Golden Days of Radio" talk complete with audio clips and historical material.

Don passed away on January 3, 2014.

Don was married to his wife, Donna for 59 1/2 years.