Longtime former Local4 Sports Anchor passes away
HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - Ed Littler, a beloved former Local4 Sports Anchor and Grand Island resident, has passed away.
Ed was hospitalized with COVID-19 and died Tuesday at the age of 70.
Ed worked for KHAS-TV News 5 which later became known as KSNB Local4 from 1992-2017. He was lovingly referred to as “the legend” and would eat, sleep and breathe Nebraska sports.
Ed’s colleagues celebrated his 25th anniversary at the station in September 2017 before he retired. During one of his final broadcasts, the Florida native talked about his love for Central Nebraska and the people here.
“I found a great home here; I found great friends here, loyal viewers and I couldn’t have asked for a better place. God has put me here for a reason. If I could have picked out anywhere else in the country, I don’t think I could have picked out anywhere better than right here in Central Nebraska. I wish it didn’t snow as much, but it’s certainly the place for me to be. I thank God for putting me here.”
Ed graduated from Florida State in 1976. Fresh out of school, he spent his first three years as a sports reporter at WOWK-TV in Huntington, WV. He then jumped to Ohio, where he spent two years at WSYX in Columbus, five years at WYTV in Youngstown, and another three years at WAKC-TV in Akron.
Then came 1992, and Ed’s journey in Central Nebraska began. From covering Nebraska Football Championships to high school rodeos, Ed made it his life’s work delivering local sports reports in a memorable way.
Ed didn’t have many eight hour work days. He was always at the station much, much longer than anyone else. But it was hard to decipher if it was all work, because Ed made the station his home and the staff his family.
We will miss you, Ed.
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