First Alert Chief Forecaster
Kent started his broadcasting career as a disc jockey in 1972 at KRGI radio in Grand Island then television as Lead Forecaster and Sports Director for KXON-TV in the Mitchell/Sioux Falls market in 1977. He was Assistant Weather Director/Assistant Sports Director at KIFI-TV 8 in Idaho Falls, Idaho and Weather Director at KHAS-TV where he also produced "Kent's Fishing Forecast." Kent is Chief Forecaster and produces the weekend edition of "The Outdoor Files" for NTV. Kent heads up the First Alert Weather team for NTV's First at 5, 6PM, Good Evening Nebraska, KFXL Fox Nebraska Weather at 9 PM and the 10PM weeknight weathercasts. He is Vice-President of the state board of the National Wild Turkey Federation, a Youth Mentored Hunting Instructor, Fishing Instructor, Hunter Education Instructor and Field Instructor. Kent has certified hundreds of youth across Nebraska. On Saturday mornings at 7 AM Kent can be heard on KRGI 1430 AM in Grand Island for his "Nebraska Outdoors" radio show. On May 8, 2012 Kent will celebrate 35 years in television and on June 15, 2012 Kent celebrates 40 years in radio.
Kent's hobbies include hunting, fishing, singing and various collectibles. Kent emcees for numerous civic and non-profit organizations throughout the state and is a long time member of several conservation groups including the NWTF, Pheasants Forever, Ducks Unlimited, and the NRA. Kent enjoys sharing experiences with young people through educational talks, fishing clinics and youth mentored hunts.
On May 4, 2009 Kent was involved in a serious accident receiving over 1500 get well cards and letters from viewers throughout Nebraska and Kansas. He continues to heal from his injuries.
Kent has been married to his wife Lori for 33 years. He has one son Chad, a graduate of UNK, daughter Nicole, son-in-law Donovan and grandsons Eli and Owen Anson who live in Grand Island. He also has two Brittany Spaniels-Maude and Chase, a black lab named Starla and cats Possum and Snowball.