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 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, 132 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.

In October 1989, Alfred C. Sykes, then Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, came to Wisconsin to formally dedicate a Hall of Fame display, including plaques honoring the inductees, at the State Historical Society of Wisconsin Library in Madison. In 2010, due to remodeling of the SHSW facility, the display was removed and put in storage, awaiting a suitable new permanent display site. We are proud to announce that this year we finally found that new home for the permanent display, as on April 23, 2015, nearly 100 broadcasters (including many Hall of Famers) attended a wonderful dedication reception at the Hilton Milwaukee City Center.

In the words of Bill Hurwitz, WBA Foundation Board Member, who was instrumental in securing the new location: The location in downtown Milwaukee to display the WBA Hall of Fame is perfect as the biggest hotel in the state represents the best of the best from all over the state. The Hilton hotel in downtown Milwaukee has always been a favorite venue for many radio and television events for decades. In fact, even today a large television tower still stands atop the hotel. Ben Marcus, the founder of the Marcus Corporation, at one time owned and operated several radio stations in Southeastern Wisconsin; Mr. Marcus, and the family have always been a true friend of local, over the air radio. Mr. Marcus was the founder of the Children’s Variety Club of Wisconsin, a major charity that tied into Wisconsin radio, and television stations for decades. To have a major wing in a major Marcus hotel displaying the Wisconsin Broadcasters Hall of Fame is a marriage that can only be described as perfect!

The Wisconsin Broadcasters Hall of Fame also has a permanent, virtual display at the online Wisconsin Museum of Broadcasting which debuted in 2009 at www.wisconsinbroadcastingmuseum.org, where the Wisconsin Broadcasters Hall of Fame Gallery is one of our major attractions.


  • Lindsay Wood Davis

    Lindsay-Wood-Davis-Lindsay Wood Davis is best-known as a fierce champion of excellence in local radio who transformed broadcast management around the world, across the nation and throughout Wisconsin. United States broadcasters and operators in 17 foreign countries use his systems and processes to manage their properties. His inspirational work as executive vice president of the Radio Advertising Bureau helped guide the industry through the early days of consolidation beginning in the late 1990s.

    Davis, a member of a three-generation broadcasting family, began his 48 years in broadcasting at age 17 in sales at family-owned WGLB Radio in Port Washington. He went on to wear many hats and develop strong collegial ties throughout the broadcast industry, becoming a general manager, group executive, station owner, speaker, author, trainer, consultant and a mentor to hundreds of young broadcasters. He served as the primary architect of the modern WBA Awards program, helping build it into a model for associations throughout the country. Davis brought his career full circle in 2015, when he added WVMO-LP, a low-power FM station in Monona, to his diverse projects, continuing to champion the power of local radio.


  • Aline Hazard

    Aline-HazardAline Watson Hazard (1895-1981) was a broadcasting pioneer whose 32-year career as the voice of Homemakers’ Program included hosting more than 10,000 episodes on all aspects of home economics. The show debuted on WHA Radio in Madison in 1929; Hazard signed on in 1933 and quickly became its driving force. Her mix of programming entertained and informed audiences, and she drew an appreciative following. She conducted some of the state’s earliest remote broadcasts, aired many stories about women supporting the war effort during World War II, and was instrumental in bringing University of Wisconsin educational resources into the homes of listeners throughout Wisconsin and neighboring states.

    An Iowa native, Hazard earned a bachelor’s degree from Grinnell College in 1918. After teaching high school for three years, she traveled abroad to live in Peking, China. Then, in 1932, she took a joint appointment with the UW departments of radio education and agricultural journalism in Madison. She earned a degree in home economics at the UW in 1940 and directed the award-winning Homemakers’ Program until her retirement in 1965. She published an autobiography, For the Love of Mike, in 1970.


  • Larry McCarren

    Larry-McCarranLarry McCarren is one of the most respected and prolific television and radio sports broadcasters in Wisconsin. His 28-year career began in 1988 and includes: 24 years as anchor and sports director at WFRV-TV in Green Bay; 21 years as game analyst for WTMJ Radio in Milwaukee and the Packers Radio Network; his own long-running weekly Green Bay Packers show, currently Packers Live on WTMJ-TV and the statewide Packers TV Network, and formerly Larry McCarren’s Locker Room on WFRV-TV; co-host of The Mike McCarthy Show on WTMJ-TV and the Packers TV Network; two years as sports director at WGBA-TV in Green Bay; and currently Analyst for the Packers Media Group, and co-host of the Packers Today pregame show.

    McCarren, a Chicago native, was a two-time captain at the University of Illinois before being drafted by the Packers in 1973. As a center for 12 seasons, he played in 162 consecutive games, the fourth-longest streak in team history, and was voted to two Pro Bowls. McCarren was inducted into the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame in 1992. He’s also been named Wisconsin Sportscaster of the Year four times by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.


  • Chuck Roth

    RothChuckChuck Roth is a leader in Wisconsin broadcasting with a deep commitment to improving his industry and his community. His 41 years in radio and television began early—while still in high school, he took a part-time job at WCLO Radio in Janesville—and his career is remarkable for the length and depth of his service.

    Roth graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in 1980 and began his professional broadcasting career that year as an account executive with WQOW-TV in Eau Claire, and became station manager in 1985. In 1988 he moved to La Crosse, and for the next 20 years served as vice president/general manager for WQOW and WXOW-TV in La Crosse.  He then moved into a corporate role for the stations’ parent company, Quincy Media, taking on the position of director of business administration. Roth was on the WBA board of directors from 1992-2002 and was board chair in 2000, has served on the WBA Foundation board, and has served his community as president of the boards of United Way, La Crosse Community Theatre, and La Crosse Performing Arts Center.

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.