Since his start in radio news, Trent has won awards from the Nebraska Broadcasters Association, the Nebraska Associated Press, and the Iowa Broadcast News Association.
Rice also serves as the 2009-2010 President of the Iowa Broadcast News Association.
Rice is a native of Plattsmouth, Nebraska. He and his wife Solveig have been married since 2000. They live in Ames where he enjoys golf, reading, movies, music college football, and the heartbreak that comes from being a Minnesota Vikings fan. Trent and Solveig have twin daughters Annika and Kaija and a son, Erik, who shares the same birthday as his sisters, just five years later.
So, a listener took me to task today for giving details of the sentencing of
The caller was really upset that I said this Lane’s name, read aloud his disgusting statement to the families of his victims, and talked about him flipping them the middle finger. He felt that that I gave Lane exactly the kind of notoriety he was looking for, that I and other members of the media got “played.” Lots of people took the same line with Adam Lanza—the guy responsible for the Sandy Hook Elementary shootings in
I understand the sentiment, but disagree with it whole-heartedly, as it assumes a false leap in logic. Seems to me, the next step goes something like this—“If you don’t say their names, then it won’t prompt the next person to do something bad, because they know they won’t get the media’s attention.” This is the false logic used by people in the J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter books.
If you’re not familiar, characters throughout the books refuse to say Lord Voldemort’s name for fear that even saying it will conjure up the evil wizard. Even as they continue to refer to Voldemort as “He-who-shall-not-be-named,” he shows up any way.
My point is this—simply refusing to talk about evil, or not giving evil a name, doesn’t make it go away. Evil will still happen. Just as there is good in the world, there is also evil. There has to be. How would we know what good is if we can’t recognize evil?
There are absolutely people in the media who play on the most salacious, seedy, nasty sides of a story because they think it will get them listeners, viewers, or readers. In some instances, they’re right. Humbly offered…this is not that.