ULYSSES CARLINI MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP – Sponsored by Carlini Family
Ulysses Carlini began his television career in the production department at WEHT-TV, Henderson, Kentucky, in 1953. His responsibilities included announcing, writing, sales and production. He even hosted his own kids program, “Peppo the Clown” in a “live” weekly hour children’s program on Saturday morning.
In 1959 he moved to Evansville, Indiana at WTVW-TV as Program Director. He continued to entertain kids with the creation of the “Fire Chief Andy” another children’s program.
In 1968 he moved to North Platte, Nebraska, assuming position of Vice President/General Manager of KNOP-TV. He took a fledging, struggling television station and propelled it into a prominent, respected and trusted source for entertainment, news and information. Only through his vision, hard work and dedication was this transformation made possible.
Mr. Carlini was instrumental in obtaining a license for a second station in North Platte, KIIT-TV, a low power VHF station, which signed on in August 1995. In 1997, North Platte Television Inc purchased KHAS-TV in Hastings, and made valuable contributions to the reorganization of what is now Greater Nebraska Television, Inc.
He served the NBA as board member in the 1970’s and also has a long history of being involved as a community leader in North Platte.
“He is a broadcaster of high integrity, who is honest, is respectful of others, and remains positive and optimistic regardless of the situation, and is a gentleman…a true broadcast pioneer.”
Today he frequently spends a portion of his day at KNOP-TV, dedicating himself to the improvement of those beginning careers in broadcast journalism, mentoring reporters and anchors in an effort to improve their communication skills.