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.”