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OUR FIRST MEMBERSHIP DRIVE!! Heaston‘s History of The Reader

November 22, 2021

Nearly 30 years ago a motley crew of alt-y Omahans put together the first Reader. All these decades later our paper still follows the same mission: find the unheard stories and uplift communities boxed out by other media.

But to get to all that we need to talk about classic 80s movies and music, saving one of Omaha's most historic venues, jam bands, early internet and the man at the center of it all — John Heaston. Our publisher and editor co-founded The Reader and has been a part of it ever since its inception and sat down with news editor Chris Bowling to talk about it. The story that follows is as much a story about journalism as it is Omaha history.

If you enjoy our work, please consider becoming a member during our first-ever membership drive.



Production by Chris Bowling

Music by Jon Rix aka p0h_k (


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