The Nebraska Broadcasters Association welcomes Dave Thorell, Jerry Dishong and Rose Ann Shannon and into the NBA Hall of Fame, Established in 1972, these inductees will be the 95th, 96th and 97th members inducted in a ceremony on August 16 during the NBA’s 82nd Annual Convention in Lincoln, Neb.
Thorell enjoys his 47-year broadcasting career as the midday personality at KRVN(AM) in Lexington, Neb. He started on the air at KUVR(AM) in Holdrege, Neb., in 1969 before moving behind the microphone at KRVN in 1974, where he has been a source of news and information for ranchers and farmers across the state, the announcement said. Outside of his work on KRVN, Thorell has made numerous speeches in rural communities and has been recognized as an advocate for agriculture, adoption, cancer research and other causes.
Rose Ann Shannon
Dishong has been working at KDUH(TV) in Scottsbluff, Neb., for 50 years. After attending Chadron State College, Dishong’s career at KDUH began as a part-time broadcaster in 1966. Over his career at KDUH, Dishong has held nearly every position at the station including switcher, reporter, anchor, news director, program manager and station manager, according to the announcement. Dishong still commands the anchor chair during noon newscasts. His work at KDUH has been recognized by organizations including The United Way, Disabled American Veterans, the U.S. Air Force, Scotts Bluff County Crime Stoppers and the NBA.
Shannon has been the news director at KETV(TV) in Omaha, Neb., since 1993. Shannon graduated from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and embarked on a broadcasting career that began in 1973. She started as an intern at KMTV(TV). There, she held multiple positions over 12 years before joining KETV in 1986 as assignment manager. Shannon became assistant news director in 1991 before taking over her current role. Under Shannon’s direction, the KETV news team has earned dozens of awards, the announcement stated, and she is known as one of the greatest mentors to news professionals in Nebraska, according to the announcement.