Big Noise from the Heartland: Omaha Broadcasting
General Crook House Museum, Lower Level
Douglas County Historical Society is proud to present our newest exhibit exploring the near-century-long history of broadcasting in Omaha.
Starting with the early era of wireless sound, the exhibit will take visitors on a tour of the development of AM radio, television, FM radio, cable television, and the ride of new media.
We will look at important broadcasters who started in Omaha, such as Johnny Carson, who graduated from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln with a degree in radio and came to Omaha at the start of his professional career, starring in an early-morning comedy show for WOW television.
Visitors will be able to see the history of locally produced shows, such as Creature Feature, the decade-long horror show hosted by Dr. Sanguinary, a ghoulish figure in a doctor’s uniform, and Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom, a weekly nature documentary that was sponsored locally but broadcast nationally.
Omaha: You Ought to be in Pictures
Heartland of America Park, 8th & Douglas
Revisit Omaha’s long relationship with the motions picture in this exhibit at Heartland of America Park. Learn about Omaha filmmakers, from pioneering producers to contemporary award-winners. See Omaha’s majestic movie palaces and the neighborhood theaters. Discover movies about Omaha or filmed in Omaha. Some of the biggest names in film history called Omaha home, and this is your chance to explore their world.