Wisconsin Broadcasters Association

Ajit Pai named new FCC chairman

Posted On: January 24, 2017
Ajit Pai from @AjitPaiFCC on Twitter
Ajit Pai from @AjitPaiFCC on Twitter

President Donald Trump has picked a fierce critic of the Obama-era “net neutrality” rules to be chief regulator of the nation’s airwaves and internet connections. 

Monday afternoon, FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai announced that Trump has selected him to succeed Tom Wheeler and lead the FCC.

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TV station helps collect toys for 13,950 children

Posted On: January 21, 2017
TV station helps collect toys for 13,950 children

A television station in Madison was part of a holiday effort to collect toys for children ahead of the 2016 holiday season that gathered toys for 13,950 kids in Dane County.

WKOW has sponsored Toys for Tots for 28 years. The station partnered with the Marine Corps Reserve to help collect new, unwrapped toys for needy children. The toys were collected during November and early December at hundreds of drop-off sites and in Dane County. In 2016, the station collected 61,855 toys and $13,868 to purchase more toys.

WKOW ran an extensive six week marketing campaign including on-air promotion,  … Read More

Station supports effort to get thousands of coats for kids

Posted On: January 20, 2017
Coats for Kids
Coats for Kids

A television station in Green Bay helped collect thousands of coats to keep kids warm in northeast Wisconsin this winter.

WBAY-TV 2 was a media partner of the Coats for Kids campaign. 

“Many local families have hard decisions to make during this time of year, whether they buy winter coats for their children or turn on the heat in their house,” said Major Bob Mueller, Brown County Coordinator for The Salvation Army. “We are thankful to those in the community who have donated coats and funds to this cause.”

Volunteers went through all the coats,  … Read More

Station gathers cold weather gear to help families

Posted On: January 16, 2017
WAOW Warm Up Wisconsin

A central Wisconsin television station collected more than 2,000 coats, boots, scarves and hats during its inaugural Warm Up Wisconsin campaign.

WAOW led a campaign with assistance from other Wausau area businesses.

The donations will help families in need throughout Wisconsin.

The campaign wrapped up Dec. 9.  … Read More

Engineer marks 30 years at stations

Posted On: January 14, 2017
Jay G. Matthews

An engineer who has been with a pair of TV stations since their inception in 1986 is marking 30 years.

Jay G. Matthews is the Assistant Chief Engineer at WLAX-WEUX TV in La Crosse/Chippewa Falls-Eau Claire.

Chief Operator/Chief Engineer Mark Burg said Matthews has been instrumental in all aspects of the stations’ daily operations.  … Read More

Record number of submissions for WBA awards

Posted On: January 12, 2017

Oh, what a night
Late in January back in 17 
What a very special time for me
As I remember, what a night

I am sure it was a very special time for you as well! Have you heard the words lately, thank you for a job well done? If not, then please, let us be the first to congratulate you on a job very well done.

Give yourself a pat on the back for your accomplishments during the WBA Awards submission process. CONGRATULATIONS!!!!

It is our honor to present to you an excerpt from an email from Lindsay Wood Davis,  … Read More

Milwaukee meteorologist John Malan to retire

Posted On: January 11, 2017
John Malan - Scott Curty / WTMJ-TV
John Malan - Scott Curty / WTMJ-TV

WTMJ-TV chief meteorologist John Malan is retiring after 36 years on the air in Milwaukee.

“I’ve had a career doing what I love. Now it’s time to spend more time with my family and pass the baton to the talented team of meteorologists we have on Storm Team 4,” Malan said in a statement issued by WTMJ.

Malan, 66, will have his last day on the air March 1.

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Pipines to retire after 32 years in Milwaukee sportscasting

Posted On: January 8, 2017
Tom Pipines
Tom Pipines

FOX6’s senior sports anchor Tom Pipines will be retiring in February after 32 years at WITI.

“Tom Pipines has set the standard for sports in Milwaukee,” said WITI FOX6 President and General Manager Chuck Steinmetz. “Not only has Tom brought his insights into his game analysis, he has enterprised hundreds of Beyond the Game stories that have showcased the heart and soul of local athletes.”

Reflecting on his retirement Pipines says, “ I will always cherish working at FOX6. People like (FOX6 anchor) Tim Van Vooren, (FOX6 photojournalist) Mickie Leach and all the wonderful bosses, colleagues and viewers who have honored me with a connection is the greatest gift I’ve had over my career.”

Read more here.  … Read More

Radio station delivers 2,000 gifts

Posted On: January 2, 2017

Evangel Ministries WEMI-FM in Appleton collected more than 2,000 Christmas Care shoe box gifts in the 19th annual ‘Christmas Care’ drive, benefiting 35 local crisis programs and emergency rooms. Shelter staff and hospital emergency room workers watch carefully for patients who are in crisis or lack adequate clothing. A staff member at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Green Bay described one event: “A tall, elderly man who had fallen came in for our help and he ended up staying overnight. He was upset with the thought of spending Christmas in the hospital. There was a Christmas Care gift marked ‘for a tall man’,  … Read More

President’s Column

Michelle Vetterkind

Michelle Vetterkind

I hope you all had a safe and joyous holiday season!  As we wind down from the hustle and bustle of 2016 and welcome in 2017, I’d like to take this opportunity to highlight a few of our events/deadlines that will be coming up in the next two months. You’ll find more detailed explanations of these items within this issue of the Wisconsin Broadcaster:

  • WBA Awards For Excellence deadline – Wednesday, Jan. 11 at 11:59 p.m. CDT – Please don’t wait until the last minute to enter. Plan to get it out of the way sooner rather than later. You’ll be glad you did.
  • Make sure to join us for the WBA’s Social Media Session “Surviving Viral Chaos” (who couldn’t benefit from that session?) and the WBA Social Reception on Tuesday, Jan. 24 and our Winter Conference/ State Legislative Day on Wednesday, Jan. 25. We really NEED you – especially for the State Legislative visits and the reception.
  • 26 is the registration deadline for the WBA’s upcoming DC Trip taking place Feb. 28 and March 1. I think you’ll agree that there will be no shortage of Federal/FCC-related issues in 2017. This trip always makes an impact on our members of Congress.   
  • Is there someone you’d like to nominate for the WBA Hall of Fame or Local Broadcast Legends? If so, don’t forget that the nomination deadline for both is Feb. 15.

Have I mentioned lately that it’s never boring at your WBA? 

So here’s to a happy, healthy, and I might add prosperous (as that certainly doesn’t hurt) 2017!

Thank you, as always, for your time & support.

Chair’s Column

Tom Allen

Tom Allen

In my first column of 2016, I referred to the on-going presidential primary race, and the surprising fact that Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump were serious competitors for the Democratic and Republican nominations. Now here we are post-election, waiting for the inauguration of President-elect Trump. As I said nearly a year ago, “Who’d have thought?”

No matter who you voted for, we can probably all agree that with a new administration, it won’t be politics (or business) as usual. As broadcasters, we have a number of regulatory issues on the table, and no clear understanding of how those issues will be viewed by this new administration and new Congress. As we head into the New Year, the uncertainty about regulation of our industry is cause for concern.

In this uncertain and increasingly competitive environment, our engagement on the legislative front is more important than ever. That’s why I encourage you to join us in Madison in late January for our winter meetings and State Legislative Day, and to mark your calendar for our annual trip to Washington D.C. in February. My other request is that you’ll consider learning more about the NAB Political Action Committee in 2017.

The National Association of Broadcasters’ Political Action Committee (NABPAC) is the federal political action committee of the NAB, and supports the election of candidates to the U.S. Congress. NABPAC supports pro-broadcast lawmakers, and NAB’s Government Relations team advocates for broadcasters and amplifies our voices on Capitol Hill.

Why is this important? In 2015, the Cable industry spent $5.7 million on their legislative agenda, while the wireless industry spent $4.1 million. In that same year, broadcasters spent $2.2 million. And while contributions to NABPAC have grown over the past several years, we still find ourselves significantly outspent in these efforts.

If you are a current NABPAC contributor, thank you for your support. If you’ve not yet participated, please take a moment to check out www.nabpac.com. Making sure that our collective voice is heard on Capitol Hill is more important now than ever before.

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