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.

The Wisconsin Broadcasters Association Foundation Hall of Fame Committee is now requesting and accepting nominations for the Wisconsin Broadcasters Hall of Fame.  

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The Hall of Fame nomination process is open and will run through Feb. 15, 2017. Submissions should be made on the official nomination form (enclosed) and sent to the WBA Foundation office. Selected nominees will be inducted on June 15, 2017, during the annual WBA Hall of Fame Dinner. The dinner will be held at the Blue Harbor Resort in Sheboygan in conjunction with the WBA Summer Conference.  … Read More

While most business owners do not like to think about, or plan for, the transition of their business, the fact remains that most businesses will ultimately be sold.  In fact, the oldest baby boomers are currently 70+ years old and the youngest baby boomers are 52+ years old—this demographic of aging baby boomers means an estimated 65% of all closely held businesses will change hands in the next decade.  If you are thinking about the future, either buying or selling, or just interested, this seminar will get you thinking about options. Business ownership can be transitioned in different ways.  Sale … Read More

Attention Educators: It’s that time of year to gather up those contest entries and prepare to submit them for the “Student Awards for Excellence.” The awards will be presented on March 4, 2017 at the Student Seminar in Madison. The WBA Education Committee has added three new categories for a total of 23. The three new categories are Imaging, which includes liners, sweepers, intros, or promos used to create a brand; Podcasts, which are outside traditional radio; and Social Media. All of the categories will have descriptions that define what is expected. Also, the video presentation at the awards is being upgraded.

Rules and submission information

In addition, the “WBA Student Leadership Award” is a special honor that is given to a broadcasting or broadcast journalism student of junior standing or above at a Wisconsin college or university. The award winner must have developed and exercised effective and creative skills in leadership. If you have students who have shown leadership qualities, please nominate them. The specifics are contained in the “Student Awards for Excellence” rules.

Online entries will be accepted starting Dec. 12. The deadline for entries is Jan. 13, 2017 at 11:59 p.m.

The Wisconsin Broadcasters Association (WBA) Student Seminar is set for Saturday, March 4, at the Marriott West, Madison (Middleton). Jay Kruz, Program Director and Daytime DJ at WREW, Cincinnati will present the keynote entitled “You Don’t Need Permission.” Kruz is also featured on a panel in the morning sessions and will present the annual “Student Awards for Excellence” during lunch. In addition, the four recipients of the WBA Foundation Scholarships will be introduced. 

Find the agenda here

Awards information here

The seminar begins shortly after 9 a.m. with introductions and a brief orientation.   … Read More

David Sanks, WBA Foundation Chair

David Sanks, WBA Foundation Chair

The Wisconsin Broadcasters Association Foundation (WBAF) has had another productive year under the leadership of Michelle Vetterkind, completing a series of initiatives designed to enhance our industry’s visibility in the state of Wisconsin. I am happy to report that your Foundation is in great shape and well positioned to be a strong partner with the WBA during 2017.

We are seeking opportunities to extend our support of Association initiatives that will increase the visibility of the contributions and role that broadcasting and broadcasters make and have in the State of Wisconsin and beyond. We need your financial support so that we can continue to help establish a lasting legacy for our Association and its Members.

As a part of your financial planning, please consider a contribution to the WBA Foundation and/or becoming a member of the Foundation Legacy Club. All levels of giving are needed and are beneficial to our mission. Please contact the WBA for information about how to make your contribution with a check or credit card.

I am pleased to have had the honor of serving as Chair of the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association Foundation during 2016. 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 2017.

Communication with the WBA membership and the WBA board has become consistent and effective through Foundation reports in the WBA newsletter, 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,  … Read More

Engineering Fellowship Grant Program

The WBA and the WBA Foundation appreciate those who committed to broadcast engineering as a profession. They realize that all broadcast engineers must stay current in broadcast engineering knowledge, skills, practices and technologies, and that it involves an investment of time and money.

As the broadcast industry evolves, so must our understanding of how to implement new media transmission. Unfortunately, busy schedules and tight budgets for most engineering departments often do not allow engineers to learn new skills and grow their understanding of new technology.

The WBA and the WBA Foundation would like to provide a possible solution by offering Engineering Fellowship Grants.  … Read 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.