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Ed Littler, central Nebraska sportscaster for 25 years, dies

HASTINGS, Neb. (AP) — Ed Littler, a central Nebraska sportscaster for 25 years, has died after being hospitalized with COVID-19. He was 70.

Littler died Tuesday night, according to KSNB-TV in Hastings, where Littler had worked for more than two decades.

Littler, who retired in 2017, was the longtime sports anchor at KHAS-TV, which later became KSNB. He was well-known for his passion for covering high school and small college sports in central Nebraska and University of Nebraska-Lincoln football.

Littler, a native of Deerfield Beach, Florida, graduated from Florida State in 1976. He landed his first TV job as a sports reporter in Huntington, West Virginia. He moved to Ohio and worked at stations in Columbus, Youngstown and Akron before he arrived at KHAS-TV in 1992.

Littler was a fixture at the Nebraska football team's news conferences and had a cordial relationship with the head coach in the 1990s, Hastings native Tom Osborne.

Littler began covering the Cornhuskers as they began their run-up to winning three national championships, a fact Osborne liked to kid him about.

“I wish he would have come a little sooner because when he showed up in the early ‘90s, we all of a sudden got a lot better," Osborne said when Littler retired. "So Ed must have been responsible for some of that.”

The Associated Press