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Not As I Pictured

After two surgeries and an unexpected lymphoma diagnosis, John Kaplan says his film project, "Not As I Pictured," began by accident when he decided to take a self portrait in his bathroom mirror. (John Kaplan)

John Kaplan

The award-winning documentary "Not As I Pictured," which airs Monday on NET Television 2, has a Lincoln connection to it.

Jordan Pool, a 2004 Lincoln East High School graduate, was the editor and assistant director on it.

The 54-minute film documents Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer John Kaplan's bout with lymphoma. It airs at 8 a.m. and 2 and 7 p.m. Monday on NET2 (Time Warner Cable channel 17).

Although the topic is serious, the film is upbeat, positive and ends with Kaplan's remission and return to health.

Reached by phone in Los Angeles, where he works as a freelance editor, Pool said his involvement with the documentary "kind of came out of the blue."

A friend of a friend put Kaplan in touch with Pool, who was a student at Full Sail University in Winter Park, Fla.

Pool, who graduated from Full Sail in the spring of 2009, discovered his calling after taking a part-time job in Lincoln to film high school football games.

"It's funny because I never was involved in it in high school," he said. "I was a big athlete. Then I grabbed the camera for some extra money, and that's all it took."

Pool knew he could help Kaplan, who won the Pulitzer in 1992 for feature photography and is a photojournalism professor at the University of Florida.

"John had it all laid out as to how he wanted to do it, but he didn't know how to get his footage from the camera into the editing software," Pool said.

Once finished, the film made the festival circuit, winning several awards and accolades including two prestigious CINE Golden Eagle Awards for best documentary and documentary short. The film is now airing on PBS stations nationwide.

"I can't believe how big it's gotten," Pool said. "That's a major credit to John and how he marketed it and all the work he put into it."

The marketing part of it includes free DVDs. Kaplan is giving away 10,000 copies of the documentary to cancer patients and to those who helped them. You can learn more about the free DVD program at www.NotAsIPictured.org.

Around the dial

* It didn't take long for former Broadcast House market manager Andy Ruback to make a splashy move in the Omaha radio market.

Ruback, now the market manager of NRG Media's Omaha properties, hired veteran personality Dave Wingert to join the morning show at The Big O (KOOO 101.9 FM). He starts Monday.

Despite his popularity, Wingert lost his job in October at Clear Channel-owned KGOR (99.9 FM) after an expletive was uttered on his morning show.

"To have him back on the air in Omaha is essential to continue to raise the bar in the radio market and offer listeners throughout the community a mass-appeal morning show that will make people wake up and feel good," Ruback said in a release announcing the hire.

* NET Radio has made two changes to its personnel roster and added a new show.

Tom Ineck has been hired to take over Saturday nights for Dave Hughes, hosting a new jazz show, "Jazz Currents," from 8-10 p.m. The move frees up Hughes to spend more time as associate producer of "Friday Live" and producer of "Nebraska Concerts."

Genevieve Randall has become the local host for "All Things Considered" from 4 to 6:30 p.m. weekdays. She replaces Lora Black, who wanted to focus more attention on her weekday music show, which airs from 1-4 p.m.

The new is show is "Travel With Rick Steves," which airs at 6 a.m. Saturdays. The travel expert features interviews, answers to listener questions and commentary in his hour-long program.

* Time Warner Cable recently launched TWC TV for iPhones. Customers can watch live TV from within the home, although I'm not sure why you would want to watch TV on a phone instead of a big screen.

The app also allows customers to change channels on their set-top boxes and manage their DVR. The latter is the best thing about the app, letting you set up recordings remotely.

* NET Radio also recently launched an app for the Android phone, iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. The app gives listeners access to the station's classical and jazz streams. To download, search for NET Radio Nebraska in the app store.

​Reach Jeff Korbelik at 402-473-7213 or jkorbelik@journalstar.com, or follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/LJSjeffkorbelik.

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