News Talk 1290 KOIL

“Since childhood I've found enjoyment and purpose in entertainment, humor, and all things creative. I love comedy, I love to make people laugh, but I’ve also found that through comedy, satire, and entertainment we are able to highlight the truth about the most important issues we all face as human beings.  My goal is to speak the truth without an agenda or following the Dogma of what talk radio is “supposed to be,” because I have found that there are only 3 kinds of people who really tell the truth: Kids, Drunk people, and women who are really pissed off.  Oh, and now you can add me to that list.”

– Matt Tompkins


Matt Tompkins Bio:


Born in the tiny town of Cambridge, Nebraska, Matt Tompkins grew up in Hastings until relocating to St. Joe, Missouri where his father completed his Seminary school with the United Methodist Church. Matt Graduated from Valley High School and then the University of Nebraska at Omaha.


His radio career began as a producer for an afternoon drive news talk show in Omaha, while he spent his weekends performing in a touring rock band. Matt then joined with his brother Ben Tompkins for the afternoon radio program “The Matt and Ben Show” and they began performing stand up comedy shows, releasing a comedy album, “Songs For Giants” in 2010. Tompkins continued his radio career with local radio star “Otis XII” (Douglas Wesselman) with the nationally syndicated radio show “The Front Porch,” on SiriusXM.


Over the last two years Matt Tompkins and his brother Ben created “Omaha Live,” the first ever sketch comedy TV show in Omaha.  The TV show continues to air immediately after Saturday Night Live on WOWT NBC and quickly became the #1 show in its time slot; quadrupling their audience size and surprising everyone in Omaha with the show’s success.  Matt continues to produce, write, film, edit and host “Omaha Live”. 


Producer Neil Nelkin Bio:


Neil Nelkin spent 23 years as Operations Manager for the Omaha radio stations group that includes 1290 KOIL, 1620 The Zone and 1180 Zone 2. He managed radio stations in Lincoln, and helped build stations in North Platte. He has also worked at radio stations in Providence, Denver, Kansas City, Fort Lauderdale and at ABC Television in New York City.