Wisconsin Broadcasters Association Foundation

Our MIssion

The Wisconsin Broadcasters Association Foundation contribution to broadcasting in Wisconsin encompasses a strategic, long term vision for enhancing, promoting and supporting the broadcast industry by encouraging the preservation of broadcast history, participating in public affairs activities in the State of Wisconsin and providing educational opportunities for professional broadcasters and those who seek future careers in the broadcast industry.


  • Joe Dorsey

    Joe-DorseyHis 55-year radio broadcasting career began in 1946, when he joined Armed Forces Radio near the end of his three-year U.S. Army service. From 1947 to 2001, he was the most revered voice in Milwaukee radio, serving at WEMP and WOKY. He was most famous for a sixteen year run, from 1947 to 1963, with his show “Wire Request” where fans would request songs for their sweethearts or special occasions with Western Union telegrams. This early use of the social media of the day was so popular that the original one

In 2010, the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association Foundation Board of Directors created the Educational Support Grant Program. This program awards up to $10,000 annually to assist non-profit college and technical school broadcast education programs to acquire equipment, hardware, software, and/or other teaching materials necessary to conduct broadcast education programs and promote careers in broadcasting. We would like to invite communications educators to submit grant proposals for 2015 and we encourage educators to spread the word about the WBA Foundation’s Educational Support Grant Program. For 2014, the WBA Foundation Board approved five grants totaling $10,935. The program has generated excellent response. Since the inception of the program, the WBA Foundation Board has issued $152,751 in Educational Support Grants. -MORE-

The WBA and the WBA Foundation appreciate those who have already made the commitment and chosen “Broadcast Engineering” as a profession.

We realize that all broadcast engineers must stay current in broadcast engineering knowledge, skills, practices and technologies, and that involves an investment of time and money.

As the broadcast industry evolves, so must our understanding of how to implement new media transmission. Unfortunately, often busy schedules and tight budgets for most engineering departments do not permit engineers to learn new skills and acquire understanding of new technology. How are broadcast engineers able to keep up to date so that our industry thrives? - MORE -

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Our MIssion

The Wisconsin Broadcasters Association Foundation contribution to broadcasting in Wisconsin encompasses a strategic, long term vision for enhancing, promoting and supporting the broadcast industry by encouraging the preservation of broadcast history, participating in public affairs activities in the State of Wisconsin and providing educational opportunities for professional broadcasters and those who seek future careers in the broadcast industry.