Nebraska Public Media Launches Capital Campaign to Support Studio Renovation

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Artist's rendering of the renovated Ron Hull Studio at Nebraska Public Media.

For Immediate Release

Nebraska Public Media Launches Capital Campaign to Support Studio Renovation

LINCOLN, Neb. (March 27, 2024) – Nebraska Public Media has launched a $6 million capital campaign, “Imagine the Possibilities: Ron Hull Studio Update,” to support renovation and modernization of the Ron Hull Studio, located in the network’s facility on the East Campus of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

“In this era of increasing choice, we must revitalize the spaces and tools we need to produce trusted, valued and essential television,” said Nebraska Public Media General Manager and CEO Mark Leonard.

For 50 years, the Ron Hull Studio nurtured trailblazing content that propelled Nebraska Public Media to become an industry leader, setting high standards for journalism and storytelling across the country. The studio has been in continuous use since 1972 and was last updated in 2003. Once a state-of-the-art facility, it now requires significant technical upgrades.

“It’s time for our network to replace aging equipment and prepare for a transformational era that will change how we use technology to create programming. This upgrade is vital so that Nebraska Public Media can remain a strong, independent media resource for every Nebraskan,” added Leonard.

The network is seeking support from all Nebraskans for “Imagine the Possibilities: Ron Hull Studio Update.” The Nebraska Public Media Foundation is offering a 50 percent match to support the capital campaign and increase the impact of gifts, accelerating fundraising and bringing the network closer to the goal.

In addition to the capital campaign, a partnership between Nebraska Public Media and the State of Nebraska will fund critical improvements to Nebraska Public Media’s engineering systems and remote production truck.

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Artist's rendering of the 'Big Red Wrap-Up' set in the Ron Hull Studio at Nebraska Public Media.

The family of James “Doc” and Inez Boyd recently made a $1 million transformational gift in support of “Imagine the Possibilities: Ron Hull Studio Update.” James Boyd, who was a veterinarian, first in Plattsmouth, then in Bellevue, is described by his family as a global thinker. Inez Boyd was concerned with local issues, becoming interested in politics after helping her children’s elementary school PTA address a student safety issue.

She was the first female elected to serve on the Bellevue City Council in 1972 and was the first female elected as mayor of Bellevue in 1986, serving for 12 years. She was also a Sarpy County Commissioner for eight years.

“Our parents would be happy to support the network’s mission of news, communication and education in Nebraska,” explained their daughter Vicki Boyd-Kennedy. “We want our gift to touch people across the whole state, because our parents’ lives were bigger than just Bellevue.”

More information about Nebraska Public Media’s capital campaign “Imagine the Possibilities: Ron Hull Studio Update” is available at NebraskaPublicMedia.org/imagine.

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