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Hall of Fame 1996

Fred Seaton


Fred Seaton was born December 11, 1910 in Washington, D.C., later moving to Manhattan, Kansas where he grew up in his Dad's (Fay Seaton's) newspaper. He graduated from Kansas State and in 1931 married Gladys Dowd, a fellow student in the College of Journalism.

In 1937, Fred Seaton, his brother Richard and their father purchased the Hastings Tribune. Fred moved to Hastings from Manhattan to become publisher. The Hastings Tribune is still family owned.

On September 30, 1940, KHAS Radio went on the air, owned by the Nebraska Broadcasting Company, a Hastings organization of which Fred was president.

In 1955, a license was issued to Fred for station KHAS-TV. On January 1, 1956, KHAS-TV went on the air. It was an affiliate of NBC, telecasting in black and white. In 1967, it was one fo the first stations in the area to acquire color equipment. KHAS-TV remained a Seaton family-owned station for over 40 years.

Fred also served his state and his nation in several capacities...Senator in the Nebraska Unicameral and in the U.S. Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Senator Kenneth Wherry. In 1953, President Dwight Eisenhower name him Assistant Secretary of Defense for legislative affairs. Two years later he was sworn in as an administrative assistant and then deputy assistant to President Eisenhower. In 1956, Fred was appointed by President Eisenhower to be Secretary of the Interior. He is given most of the credit for bringing Hawaii and Alaska into the union.

For his service in the Defense Department, he received the Presidential Medal of Honor.