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.

NOW ACCEPTING NOMINATIONS

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.

A Successful Year

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David Sanks
WBA Foundation Chair

I am pleased to report to you that the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association Foundation (WBAF) has had a great year.

Last year I reported that the Foundation was beginning anew with the affirmation of its role as a functioning entity of the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association (WBA). I am pleased to report that the WBAF, under the leadership of Michelle Vetterkind, successfully fulfilled the agenda of initiatives that were established last year.

Open lines of communication with the WBA membership and the WBA board were further established through regular Foundation Reports in the WBA newsletter and my attendance at most WBA executive committee meetings and all WBA board meetings. The reports at board meetings in particular have been 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 key meeting each year is now the WBA and WBAF joint board meeting that is held prior to the start of the summer convention. - 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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Ken Beno
WBA Education Committee Chair

The 2013-2014 school year was the first year of the High School Initiative project.

The objectives were:

  • To interest students in a broadcast-related career with special emphasis on sales and engineering
  • To encourage juniors and seniors to attend the student seminar in Madison
  • To compile a list of high schools with broadcast and marketing related classes
  • To increase the visibility of the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association (WBA) and the WBA Foundation (WBAF)

The fifty- to ninety-minute presentation to marketing and/or broadcast related classes examined the duties and advantages of pursuing a career in Radio/TV sales and engineering along with other topics related to broadcasting. The presentation reached 215 students at these seven schools: Wausau West, Madison East, Phillips, Laconia (Rosendale), Green Bay Southwest, Franklin, and Middleton. - 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.