A Strong Foundation
I am pleased to have had the honor of serving as Chair of the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association Foundation during 2015.
The Wisconsin Broadcasters Association Foundation (WBAF) has had another productive year under the leadership of Michelle Vetterkind. I am happy to report that your Foundation is in great shape and well positioned to be a strong partner with the WBA during 2016. Communication with the WBA membership and the WBA board has become consistent and effective through Foundation reports in the WBA newsletter, and my attendance at most WBA executive committee meetings and all WBA board meetings. WBAF reports presented at WBA board meetings continue to provide an excellent opportunity for WBA board members to provide direct feedback and guidance regarding the Foundation’s core activities of fundraising, public affairs, education and historic preservation. The WBA and WBAF joint board meeting that is held prior to the start of the summer convention provides the members of both boards the opportunity to communicate directly with one another. - MORE -
Past Chair of the WBA
“Student storytellers” is a new place to go for students and broadcasters.
This new WBA newsroom initiative is designed to foster a dialogue between Wisconsin Broadcasters and students at Wisconsin schools and universities.
Students, this is the place for you, your compelling stories, creatively told, on topics that interest you. It’s the place to showcase your ideas and work, to reporters, news directors, general managers, and producers. It’s the place get feedback and share ideas.
Broadcasters, this is the place to see new work, to find the new storytellers, and to start a dialogue. It’s your own focus group with upcoming talent. Have a question on what drives the new generation? This is the place to ask.
Broadcasting is a dynamic business. We are media companies with web sites, mobile, news, sports, emergency information, music and entertainment. Thousands of Wisconsinites invite us into their homes, autos and cell phones every day.
All of this depends on great storytelling, and this is the place for students and professionals to meet, and share.
Questions? Contact Dean Maytag at or 414-581-9005. You can also reach out to Linda Baun or via phone 608-729-1480.
The Wisconsin Broadcasters Association Foundation Hall of Fame Committee is now requesting and accepting nominations for the Wisconsin Broadcasters Hall of Fame.
The Hall of Fame nomination process is open and will run through Monday, February 15, 2016. Submissions should be made on the official nomination form and sent to the WBA Foundation office. Selected nominees will be inducted on Thursday evening, June 23, 2016, during the annual WBA Hall of Fame Dinner. The dinner will be held at the Radisson Hotel in La Crosse, WI in conjunction with the WBA Summer Conference.
The Wisconsin Broadcasters Association is now requesting and accepting nominations for the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association Local Broadcast Legends Award.
The Local Broadcast Legends Award nomination process is open and will run through Monday, February 15, 2016. Submissions should be made on the official nomination form and sent to the WBA office. Selected nominees will receive the award Thursday, June 23, 2016 during the WBA’s Summer Conference Luncheon at the Radisson Hotel La Crosse, WI.
Over the past two years, your WBA has been working on completing videos for those Hall of Fame members who were inducted into the Hall of Fame, but did not have a video tribute produced at the time of induction. We’ve just posted 24 new Hall of Fame recognition videos to the Wisconsin Broadcasting Museum site. The Hall of Fame honors those broadcasters who have devoted their careers to broadcasting and its development in Wisconsin, to recognize their outstanding service to broadcasting, their communities, and their state.
There are four remaining tributes currently in production. In January, 17 new videos were posted to the Wisconsin Broadcasting Museum site.
The WBA Foundation has awarded 5 grants totaling $10,607 under its Educational Support Grants Program for 2015.
The following grants were approved by the Foundation Board at the WBA/WBA Foundation Joint Board Meeting in June:
- UW-Eau Claire ($2,000)
- UW-Green Bay ($1,999)
- Marquette University ($2,000)
- UW-Oshkosh ($1,800)
- UW-Whitewater ($2,808)
The Educational Support Grant Program was created by the WBA Foundation in 2000 to award up to $10,000 annually to assist nonprofit college and technical school broadcast education programs in acquiring equipment, hardware, software and/or other teaching materials that are necessary to conduct broadcast education programs and promote careers in broadcasting.
In its 16 years, the program has generated such good responses that the Foundation Board has approved $163,358 in grants.
The Wisconsin Broadcasters Hall of Fame was created in 1989 to honor those broadcasters who have devoted their careers to broadcasting and its development in Wisconsin, to recognize their outstanding service to broadcasting, their communities, and their state, over at least a fifteen-year career in the industry, at least ten of which were served in Wisconsin.
The first twelve members of the Hall of Fame were inducted during the 1989 WBA Summer Conference. Since 1989, 127 outstanding broadcasters have been honored with Hall of Fame inductions. Inductees are chosen each year from among nominations by WBA members. Broadcasters who have been inducted into the Hall of Fame include managers, personalities, engineers, reporters, educators and those broadcasting pioneers who were at once all of the above. The 2015 inductees are Don Carmichael, Dr. Charles A. Culver, Sandra K. Shockley, Mike Sullivan, and Tom Walker. -MORE-