Couple Says Preserving NET’s Future Is Simple

Ben and Barb Rader

Ben and Barb Rader have supported NET since 1967. Now, they’re providing for the future of NET with a gift in their will.

Every morning when their alarm goes off, Barb and Ben Rader begin their day with news from Morning Edition. When the day is coming to a close, they prepare their evening meal listening to more news from All Things Considered. And, they record many of their favorite NET television programs, including Masterpiece and documentaries, and watch them when they have time.

The rest of the day, the retired couple keeps busy with friends, church choir, tennis, reading, research, music and traveling. When they are on the go Barbara often listens to radio on the NET Nebraska app. “We even listened to the app on my phone when we were on a trip to Argentina,” she explained.

The Raders have supported NET’s radio and television services since they moved to Nebraska from Montana in 1967, when Ben took a position as history professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. “There was no question. NET is something we are devoted to, and we knew it needed our support.”

They have made an additional commitment to NET by becoming members of the Friends of the Future Society and including the network in their planned giving. “It was not a difficult process. We have a category in our will that allocates a percentage of our charity contribution to various places that matter to us, and a portion will go to the NET Foundation,” Barb says.

Several years ago, Barb prepared a presentation about the history of NET for a study group. She found the history of the network to be exciting, and was impressed with leadership by former NET general manager Jack McBride, former program director Ron Hull and state legislator Terry Carpenter. “They thrust educational television in Nebraska into existence and led it to be successful across the country,” she says.

“Now we want NET to perpetuate into the future and we know that isn’t going to happen unless people like us step up,” Barb adds.

Leave a Lasting Legacy

Help ensure the educational radio and television you’ve enjoyed is there for future generations—give a gift in your will to NET. To learn how easy it is to make this meaningful gift, contact The NET Planned Giving Office at 800.634.6788 or

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