Radio Pioneer and Son Among Those Inducted Into Business Hall Of Fame

Former KRVN & Rural Radio Association GM Eric Brown accepts induction into Neb. Business Hall of Fame on behalf of himself and his late father, Max Brown

Two of the five people inducted into the Nebraska Business Hall of Fame Thursday night at the Cornhusker Marriott in Lincoln include father-son radio duo, the late Max Brown and his son Eric.

The hall of fame recognizes key leaders and their contributions to the free enterprise system.

Max Brown founded the Nebraska Rural Radio Association in 1951, a network of radio stations that grew to six, including 840 KTIC and 107.9 the Bull in West Point, serving the state's agriculture community. They're located in West Point, Lexington and Scottsbluff. He retired in 1979.

His son Eric, took over as general manager at KRVN and retired in 2012 as general manager of the radio association.

His wife, Ruth was born and raised in West Point.

"Being born and raised in West Point and going K through 12 in West Point I consider myself a Cadet, she said. "I'm looking forward to my 5th high school class reunion this summer which should be exciting. But every time we go through West Point, I just reconnect and I'm so happy for my upbringing there and all the beautiful people who have been part of my life."

Another inductee, the late John Doherty, helped design and build the NUCOR Steel mill near Norfolk.

As general manager from 1973 to 1995, he set production records, often working seven days a week in his open-door office or on the mill floor with his crew of nearly 400. An engineer and draftsman, Doherty worked two years as a NUCOR Corp. vice president, retiring in 1997 before consulting for several years.

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