Wisconsin Broadcasters Association Foundation

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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.

A man who helped to form and guide thousands of students during his 55 year academic and broadcast career has died.

Henry Lippold died Saturday at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire. He was 89.

Lippold started his career in 1947 and maintained academic and professional careers at UW-Oshkosh, UW-Madison, Northwestern University, and WOSH-AM, Oshkosh, WIB-AM, Poynette, WHA-AM, Madison, and WLS-AM, Chicago. He spent five years in broadcast news at WMT-AM and TV in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, before embarking on a 43-year academic career in 1959 at the University of Illinois where he taught television news and broadcast writing and was also the news and public affairs director for UI’s WILL-TV in Urbana.  … Read More

Wisconsin gubernatorial candidates Gov. Scott Walker and State Superintendent Tony Evers debated Friday night in Madison 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 live or delayed by more than 80 television and radio stations throughout the state. The debate was also shown live on national network C-SPAN and it was streamed on at least 17 different websites.

The debate was produced at WMTV-TV and moderated by Jill Geisler, longtime Wisconsin news professional, WBA Hall of Fame member, author, and Bill Plante Chair in Leadership and Media Integrity at Loyola University,  … Read More

The second of two WBA Foundation debates will take place Friday, Oct. 19, at 8 p.m. and air live or delayed on more than 80 radio and TV stations in Wisconsin.

View the most current carriage list here (Updated Oct. 16)

Financial support for the debate is provided by the Wisconsin Association of Independent Colleges and Universities.

The debate will be produced at WMTV-TV and moderated by Jill Geisler, longtime Wisconsin news professional, WBA Hall of Fame member, author and Bill Plante Chair in Leadership and Media Integrity at Loyola University, Chicago.  … Read More

A pioneer in local television news and WBA Hall of Famer has died.

​Joseph T. Loughlin, 87, died Nov 9, 2017. He was living in Huntley, Illinois.

Loughlin began his 45 year broadcast career as a news reporter, producer, and anchor at television stations in Alabama and Florida. In 1963, he produced and anchored the nation’s first nightly 1-hour newscast at Tampa’s WTVT-TV.

From 1963 to 1966 he organized the first local news department of WCBS-TV, New York. He was General Manager of WVTV, Milwaukee, 1969-81, establishing it as a top independent television station.  … Read More

U.S. Senate candidates Sen. Tammy Baldwin and State Senator Leah Vukmir debated Saturday night in Wausau 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 live or delayed by more than 80 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 and it was streamed on at least 17 different websites.

The debate was produced at WSAW-TV and moderated by Jill Geisler, longtime Wisconsin news professional, WBA Hall of Fame member,  … Read More

An effort to draw attention to the work of journalism in local communities is bringing people together to watch films in the Eau Claire area.

Monday’s showing of “Spotlight” is part of Wisconsin Humanities Council project called “Beyond The Headlines.” The WBA Foundation is sponsoring the film showings.

“Spotlight” is the Oscar-winning story of how reporters from the Boston Globe investigated and broke the story of widespread sexual abuse by priests and the church’s cover-up. Following the movie, there was a discussion of the role of journalists in our society and what impact reporting like this has on the community.  … Read More

Do you know a student who could use assistance with educational expenses? The Wisconsin Broadcasters Association Foundation is extending it’s scholarship competition by one week.

The WBA Foundation offers two $2,000 scholarships and two $1,000 scholarships. Students who meet eligibility requirements are encouraged to apply for these scholarships.

The application is available on the WBA website.

Students who have completed at least one-half of their degree or graduation requirements in a media or media-related course of study are encouraged to apply.

Applicants must have either graduated from a Wisconsin high school or be attending a Higher Educational Institution in Wisconsin that has been designated as eligible by the WBA Foundation Board.  … 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.

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