Plus Two New Projects Underway
Have you seen the Wisconsin Broadcasters Hall of Fame virtual display at the WBA Foundation’s online Wisconsin Museum of Broadcasting?
On behalf of the WBA and WBA Foundation Boards, I’m pleased to announce that 10 new commemorative videos have been added to the Museum! Our five inductees from this year (Dave Carlson, William T. Evjue, Karl F. Schmidt, Scott M. Trentadue, and Bill Vancil) in addition to 5 more that were part of the video backlog (Tom Bolger, George Frechette, Howard Gernetzke, Bart Kellnhauser, and Andy Spheeris).
Besides our annual inductions, the WBA Foundation has been working on a long-term project to complete such commemorative videos for all Hall of Fame members. The use of videos at the induction ceremonies did not begin until 2004, leaving a backlog of over 78 videos of which 43 have now been completed (one more is “in progress”).
At our recent meeting in May, the WBA Executive Committee and Board moved to donate the necessary funds to the WBA Foundation to complete production of the 45 remaining videos. Longtime WBA Hall of Fame Video Executive Producer Jane Bartell will be working with several other producers, all of whom have produced our Hall of Fame videos in the past, with the goal being for the entire backlog to be completed within two years.
And…there’s more good news: at that same meeting, the WBA Executive Committee and Board also moved to donate additional funds to the WBA Foundation. We’ve heard about a variety of accessibility, visibility and usability issues on the Museum and WBA Foundation sites from many members, and we’ll be making some exciting changes to both sites to make them platform independent, responsive to any device, including mobile, as well as making them both search and social-friendly.
NOTE: while the Board did vote to donate the necessary funds to complete these projects, please know that any and all financial contributions would be greatly appreciated.
Lots of exciting stuff going on at your WBA and your WBA Foundation!