Craig Eckert – Owner/Executive Vice President
Craig Eckert was born and raised in St Paul, Minnesota. He became editor of his high school newspaper and enrolled at the University of Minnesota with plans to work for the Minnesota Daily newspaper. Those plans changed during a visit to the student radio station, WMMR. Craig started working at the station and left the University to attend Brown Institute of Minneapolis where he graduated in 1971. Craig’s first job took him to KICS in Hastings, NE. Craig accepted steady promotions resulting in moves to stations in Kansas, Wisconsin and North Dakota before moving back to Nebraska in 1991 to become General Manager of KKPR-AM/FM in Kearney. Craig and other investors bought the stations in 1994. As owner and General Manager, Craig grew the company, buying the first radio station he ever worked at – KICS – along with KHAS-AM and KLIQ-FM in Hastings. Beyond his tireless passion for coaching talent and grooming future broadcasters, Craig has been an active leader in state and federal legislative matters. His regular contact with state and federal legislators has helped shape policy and kept local broadcasting in a place of prominence. The 98th Inductee to the Nebraska Broadcasters Association Hall of fame in 2017. The first and only person awarded a lifetime seat on The Nebraska Broadcasters Association Board of Directors. Craig chaired the NBA in both 2004 and 2014 one of only 3 people so far to do so.
- A two-time former Chair of the Fort Kearney Chapter of the American Red Cross and recipient of the Clara Baron Award.
- Past chairman of the Kearney Family YMCA as well as a
- Former Member of the Kearney Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors
- Former Kearney Noon Rotary Board member
Craig and his wife Carol reside in Kearney, NE.