(Neb)-"On The Road With NET" Continues In Chadron, Alliance
CHADRON - The first public showing of a new documentary by NET, Nebraska's PBS and NPR stations, on law enforcement in small Nebraska communities drew rave reviews last night at Chadron State College.
Over 40 people turned out for the film titled "Small Town Cops," and nearly all stayed for a half-hour question-and-answer session with producer/director Bill Kelly, Dawes County Sheriff Karl Dailey, Chadron Police Chief Tim Lordino, and Nebraska State Patrol Sgt Mick Downing.
A number of audience members thanked Kelly and NET for the look at the Mitchell Police Dept and the Butler and Jefferson County Sheriff's Offices as well offering praise for the law enforcement agencies and officers in this area.
The showing of Small Town Cops, which will air on NET later this year, kicked off the latest edition of the On The Road With NET program - a 6-day visit to 9 Panhandle communities: Chadron, Alliance, Scottsbluff, Gering, Mitchell, Lewellen, Sidney, Ogallala, and Brule.
On The Road sends out staffers and leadership team members to showcase some of what NET has to offer and to get input on what viewers and listeners like, don't like or would like to see added. The program began 3 years ago with another Panhandle tour and this is the first repeat visit anywhere.
NET Radio Network Director Bill Anderson says the goal is to visit each part of the state about every three years with 2 or 3 trips a year, although problems limited the program to just 1 last year.
For himself, Anderson says just the drive out to Chadron and last night's Small Town Cops showing have already been good for him, since he came to Nebraska only last year.
Anderson leads the next On The Road event in Chadron, a Town Talk this morning at 9:00 at the Bean Broker. He says it's intended to help NET learn more about the community.
Anderson will be in Alliance this afternoon at 2:00 in the Knight Museum and Sandhills Center for another Town Talk, which will be followed at 3:00 with a live taping with a studio audience of NET’s arts and entertainment radio show Friday LIVE.
The program will include live performances by cowboy poet Lynn Messersmith and singers Kalen Krohe, Brandon Anderson, and The Old Pals Quartet and interviews covering a variety of the arts.
Those include representatives of the Knight Museum, the Carnegie Art Center, and Alliance's Main Street Players theater group as well as painter Lauren Olson of Oshkosh, Midwest Theater executive director Billy Estes, filmmaker Jody Ramp, and from Chadron State College poet Steven Coughlin, and Dr John Wojcik - director of the CSC Wind Symphony and the Community Band.
Two other events wrap up the Chadron portion of On The Road; a free workshop this morning at 11:00 at the Chadron Senior Center on how to use NET's free video streaming services and at 5:00 the PBS Kids Family Event at the Library with Jet Propulsion from the show Ready Jet Go! and his new movie One Small Step.
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