I remember listening to Jack Payne , and later Kent, on KFAB. The broadcast would always start with that KFAB jingle-theme tune being played by a band. Remember that? KFAB had a pretty short pregame for football and basketball back then. Maybe 15 minutes. This YouTube link is a gem, by the way.
I always had to switch to KFOR after the game, as this Lincoln station had rights to have Dick Perry interview Joe Cipriano after the game. The station didn't come in very well, even though I lived just 25 minutes from Lincoln. That show would always close with the old Monday night football theme.
Following players like Chuck Jura, Marvin Stewart, LeRoy Chalk, Ricky Harris, Jerry Fort and Steve Willis got me hooked on NU Basketball. I remember feeling crushed after NU lost an OT nailbiter in Columbia in February 1976, which locked up Mizzou's claim to the Big 8 regular season title instead of Nebraska. What a valiant effort. That was NU's last year in the Coliseum and Jerry Fort's last year as well. That game pretty much made this 15-year-old a diehard fan. I already had enjoyed 2 football national championships after following basketball and football for 6 years. I figured it was only a matter of time before NU would enjoy their first outright conference basketball crown. So this program became my baby, as I love the underdog.
This is chicken soup for the soul that suffered another painful setback yesterday. It's going to be a long and quiet week.
Great memories. Thank you, Kent, for making the ride so fun!