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.
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.

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

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

Download nomination form

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

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

U.S. Senate candidates Sen. Ron Johnson and challenger Russ Feingold debated Friday night in Green Bay at a one-hour televised event sponsored by the WBA Foundation with funding provided by the Wisconsin Association of Independent Colleges and Universities. It was aired by more than 75 television and radio stations throughout the state. The debate was also shown live on national network C-SPAN and Wisconsin public affairs cable network WisconsinEye. It was also streamed on at least nine different websites.

You can watch the debate here.

The debate was produced at WLUK-TV and moderated by Jill Geisler,  … 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
The Wisconsin Broadcasters Association Foundation is pleased to announce that the 2016 U.S. Senate debate between incumbent U.S. Senator Ron Johnson and Democratic challenger Russ Feingold will be held on Friday, October 14th in the Green Bay/Appleton market starting at 7:00 p.m.  The hour-long debate will be offered statewide to Wisconsin television & radio stations for live broadcast and/or re-broadcast.  “The WBA Foundation is honored to continue our more than 25-year tradition of these important debates as part of the civic and political process,” said WBAF President & CEO Michelle Vetterkind. Details regarding debate specifics will be announced when finalized.

The Wisconsin Broadcasters Association Foundation is pleased to announce that the 2016 U.S. Senate debate between incumbent U.S. Senator Ron Johnson and Democratic challenger Russ Feingold will be held on Friday, October 14th in the Green Bay/Appleton market starting at 7:00 p.m.  The hour-long debate will be offered statewide to Wisconsin television & radio stations for live broadcast and/or re-broadcast. 

“The WBA Foundation is honored to continue our more than 25-year tradition of these important debates as part of the civic and political process,” said WBAF President & CEO Michelle Vetterkind.

Details regarding debate specifics will be announced when finalized.  … 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.