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.

The dates have been set for the 2019 Walker Broadcast Management Institute.

The 2019 sessions will be held on the UW-Madison campus April 2-4. Registration has not yet started.

The Walker Broadcast Management Institute will be in its 22nd year, having completed its seventh, 3-year management education cycle in 2018. The 2019 Institute will mark the first year of another 3-year cycle and is designed for broadcast managers and those seeking or being prepared for broadcast management positions.  … Read More

The Wisconsin Broadcasters Association Foundation is proud to announce the 2018 Class of the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame:
 
·        Tom Koser, of Rice Lake, a broadcaster dedicated to his local roots and community service,
·        Chris Lytle, of Chicago, a pioneer in innovative sales training with worldwide reach,
·        Bob Smith, of Madison, who exemplified leadership in television broadcasting, and 
·        Gary Timm, of Milwaukee, an engineer who is selflessly committed to emergency broadcasting.
 
The Wisconsin Broadcasters Hall of Fame was created in 1989 to honor broadcasters that have devoted a minimum of 15 years to the broadcasting industry including a minimum of 10 years as a Wisconsin broadcaster.

The Wisconsin Broadcasters Association Foundation has named the panelists who will be asking questions during two televised statewide primary debates scheduled for July.

The primary debate between Democrats in the gubernatorial primary will be held on Friday, July 27 at 7 p.m. at NBC15 (WMTV-TV) in Madison. The debate between Republicans in the U.S. Senate primary will be held Saturday, July 21 at 7 p.m. at WSAW-TV in Wausau.

The panelists for the Democratic gubernatorial primary will be:


Jessica Arp, WISC-TV


Emilee Fannon, WKOW-TV


Leigh Mills,  … Read More

Fifteen graduates of the Walker Broadcast Management Institute got their briefcases this week as the Institute marked the end of its seventh three-year cycle.

The Institute is designed for broadcast managers and those seeking or being prepared for broadcast management positions. It’s held at the UW School of Business on the UW-Madison campus.

This year the students heard from Linda Gorchels on marketing and the future, Betsy Hagan on developing people around you, and Barry Callen on creativity. Steven Rick, the Chief Economist for CUNA Mutual Group, spoke at the graduation dinner at the Fluno Center.  … Read More

The Wisconsin Broadcasters Association Foundation is changing the date of one of the two televised debates for this year’s statewide primary races.

The primary debate between candidates in the Democratic gubernatorial primary will be held at NBC15 (WMTV-TV) in Madison on Friday, July 27 at 7 p.m. It was previously scheduled for July 13. The debate between candidates in the Republican U.S. Senate race is still scheduled for Saturday, July 21 at 7 p.m. at WSAW-TV in Wausau.

The hour-long debates will be offered to radio and television stations across the state for live or delayed broadcast.  … Read More

Veteran television debate moderator and WBA Hall of Fame inductee Jill Geisler will moderate a WBA Foundation debate for Republican primary candidates in the U.S. Senate race. The debate is scheduled for Saturday July 21 at 7 p.m. and will be broadcast from WSAW-TV.

Geisler holds the Bill Plante Chair in Leadership and Media Integrity at Loyola University Chicago. She’s from Wisconsin and was one of the first female news directors of a major market affiliate when she was news director at WITI in Milwaukee. She’s an author and travels widely to conduct seminars for newsroom managers and leaders.  … Read More

The Wisconsin Broadcasters Association Foundation is expanding its election year tradition of hosting broadcast debates by adding debates for this year’s statewide primary races. The hour-long debates for the Democratic gubernatorial race and Republican U.S. Senate race will be offered to radio and television stations across the state for live or delayed broadcast.
 
“The high level of interest in this year’s elections prompted us to organize debates for the hotly-contested statewide primaries,” WBA Foundation President and CEO Michelle Vetterkind said. “We are proud that Wisconsin’s broadcasters can bring the citizens forums that can help them be informed voters.”
 
The Democratic candidates for governor will debate Friday,
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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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