The WBA Awards Committee will be under new leadership after this year’s awards gala.
Kelly Radandt, Woodward Radio Group, and Dean Maytag, retired from WISN-TV, will be co-chairs of the committee that oversees the annual awards contest and gala.
The committee was previously co-chaired by Lindsay Wood Davis and Tom Bier who oversaw tremendous growth in participation for the awards program. The WBA is grateful for their service.
The committee will continue to be co-chaired by representatives from radio and television.
The awards committee will meet next after the awards gala, which will be May 6 at the Madison Marriott West in Middleton. … Read More
It gets more difficult each year to believe that the WBA Awards program has grown again, setting yet another record, but it has happened again! Growing by almost 100 entries from the previous year, the WBA Awards for Excellence program had 1,783 entries submitted this year. Wow! Again!
One oddity among this year’s entry totals was the relatively large number of entries that were rejected for various rules violations. Three or four a year is our normal number, but this year we rejected almost 50! And the great majority of these were because of time limit violations, either too short or too long. … Read More
When an Amber Alert or Silver Alert is issued or canceled in our state, the Wisconsin Department of Justice provides notice to broadcasters and other interested parties via its Wisconsin Crime Alert Network. Alerts are issued primarily via email.
Your newsroom is hopefully receiving these notices from the state. WBA reminds you that if your station email addresses have changed over the years or if you wish to add additional contacts, you will need to go to the WCAN website to re-subscribe to these important notifications. The website is: www.wisconsincrimealert.gov.
You can subscribe separately to one or all of three notification categories:
AMBER Alerts: Issued for missing children events which meet certain criteria. … Read More
In 2010, the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association Foundation Board of Directors created the Educational Support Grant Program. This program awards up to $10,000 annually to assist non-profit college and technical school broadcast education programs to acquire equipment, hardware, software, and/or other teaching materials necessary to conduct broadcast education programs and promote careers in broadcasting.
We would like to invite communications educators to submit grant proposals for 2017 and we encourage educators to spread the word about the WBA Foundation’s Educational Support Grant Program.
In 2016, the WBA Foundation Board approved four grants totaling $9,069. The program has generated excellent response. … Read More
The WBA has renewed its agreement with the American Red Cross to help raise funds and awareness for major Red Cross disaster relief efforts in the state. The partnership, called “WBA Saves The Day,” was formed in 1998 and has been renewed every year since.
Through the “WBA Saves The Day” partnership, WBA member radio and television stations agree to provide one day of public service programming within three days of a major state disaster to support Wisconsin Red Cross disaster relief operations that are expected to exceed $50,000.
The agreement has been activated numerous times over the years to support Red Cross disaster relief efforts for flooding, … Read More
A group of stations in northeast Wisconsin collected more than 600 books in 2016 for children visiting food pantries.
The annual Children’s Book Drive conducted by Nicolet Broadcasting stations has now collected more than 20,000 books over the last ten years.
The books are given to children who visit food pantries in Door and Kewaunee counties throughout the year. Donations were dropped off at various locations in Door and Kewaunee counties.
Door of Life Christian Church Food Pantry and Koinonia Kupboard at First Baptist Church in Sister Bay will distribute the books. … Read More
Gilman Halsted- Coburn Dukehart Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism
Gilman Halsted, a retired Wisconsin Public Radio reporter who produced award-winning examinations of the state’s criminal justice system, has been named the 2017 recipient of the Distinguished Wisconsin Watchdog Award.
Over the course of two decades, Halsted became a familiar voice to WPR listeners, working for six years in the Wausau bureau before moving to Madison in 2000. He covered the courts and the prison system and also wrote and produced general assignment stories for daily state newscasts until his retirement in 2016.
The award is a highlight of the seventh annual Wisconsin Watchdog Awards reception and dinner, … Read More
Steve Wexler began his broadcast career with Journal Broadcast Group in 1977 as an intern at WTMJ-AM while attending Shorewood High School. He hosted on-air programs on both WTMJ-AM and WKTI-FM in the late 70’s and early 80’s before leaving the company to become an on-air talent and program manager at Hearst Broadcasting’s WISN-AM in 1985. He orchestrated WISN’s change to a news/talk format in 1989.
Steve left Milwaukee in 1989 to become program manager for King Broadcasting’s KGW-AM (Portland, OR) and KING-AM (Seattle) before returning to Milwaukee and Journal in 1993 as program manager of WTMJ-AM.
In 1997, … Read More
A committee convened by the director of state courts is reviewing issues regarding the state’s online court records system: Wisconsin Circuit Court Access, or WCCA, which most people refer to as CCAP.
The committee is the third convened to ponder changes to the system, the other two being in 2000 and 2005. Those committees resulted in refinements to WCCA, including changes to how information is presented.
The current committee has more than two dozen members representing people inside and outside the court system, including Beth Bennett of the Wisconsin Newspaper Association, and Michelle Vetterkind of the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association. … Read More
I’d like to take this opportunity to tell you about one of the greatest offerings we provide: the Walker Broadcast Management Institute! The Institute is the first of its kind to be sponsored by a state broadcasters association. It is now in its 20th year, having completed its first six, 3-year management education cycles in 2015. It is held on the campus of the University of Wisconsin-Madison in conjunction with the UW School of Business. The Institute started out in 1997 as the WBA Foundation Broadcast Management Institute. Then, in 2006, the estate of William R. Walker graciously donated funds to endow the Institute and it has since been the Walker Broadcast Management Institute.
This year’s event takes place April 18-20. The Institute has become so popular that we only have a couple of spots left available this year. If we’re sold out by the time you see this, give us a call to see if you can get on a waitlist for next year’s event. While you can see this year’s full agenda and registration form here, let me give you a bit of an insider’s perspective on what a terrific offering this is (as I just so happen to be a graduate of the Class of 2003). Where else can you get three days of top-notch instructors, the most timely session topics, a fabulous venue (it doesn’t get much better than the UW-Madison campus in the spring), and memorable camaraderie (it’s fun to watch how everyone seems to bond with other members of their “class” after spending three full days together each year, for a three-year period), at an all-inclusive, amazingly low price? Oh, and did I mention that’s without ever having to leave the state of Wisconsin?
The highly-interactive sessions take place during the day (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday) in the state-of-the art Grainger Hall, which houses UW-Madison’s School of Business. Tuesday night features a reception and casual dinner at one of the local restaurants within walking distance of State Street and the UW Campus. It also seems to be a bit of a tradition that after dinner, several will wander over to nearby Memorial Union and sit out on the lakefront terrace eating Babcock Hall ice cream (or perhaps indulging in a favorite Wisconsin libation). Wednesday night features a reception, dinner, and speaker on the top floor of the beautiful UW-Madison Fluno Center. This year’s speaker will be Deb Houden, PhD. She’s an adjunct faculty member at the Wisconsin School of Business teaching negotiations for the Executive MBA, Center for Professional Development, and the Center for Advanced Studies in Business. She will present The Reality of Negotiation. Effective negotiations are important in the management of life. Each day we face numerous bargaining situations in our personal and professional world, but our individual realities can get in our way. Deb will discuss the influence of perceptions in managing negotiations successfully.
Another highlight in Wednesday night is the “graduation ceremony.” Attendees belt out an enthusiastic rendition of Pomp & Circumstance, as each graduate steps up to the podium to receive the highly coveted leather briefcase, which one can only receive as a graduate of the Institute.
The program is designed in three, three-year modules for maximum effectiveness. For the most part, topics will repeat every three years (with many of the same instructors coming back, due to popular demand). However, if you’re worried about committing to the full three years initially, please don’t. While it’s true that the majority, by far, do attend the full three-year cycle (trust me, you’ll want to), we’ve had a few who have been unable to and have still benefitted greatly from the year(s) they have been able to attend.
Many of you know Joan Gillman. Joan has been and continues to be an integral part of the Institute as she’s worked with us since the program’s inception when she was the Director of the Small Business Development Center at UW-Madison. While Joan has since “retired” (she is now Director of Industry Relations, Emeritus, School of Business, UW-Madison), fortunately for us – she likes us (she really likes us) and is willing to continue to work with us on the program, securing top-notch sessions and speakers each year.
If I still haven’t convinced you to sign up for the Walker Broadcast Management Institute, take a look at this list of our 119 esteemed graduates (and…we’re looking to add more graduates to the list after this year’s event). Wouldn’t YOU like to see your name on this list?
WALKER BROADCAST MANAGEMENT INSTITUTE GRADUATES
Tracy Balzer, Mid-West Family Broadcasting
Anna Engelhart, WKOW-TV
Kyle Geissler, WISC-TV
David Hyland, WI Public Radio
Jim Murphy WRJC AM/FM
Steve Schlutt, Mid-West Family Broadcasting
Mark Van Allen, Mid-West Family Broadcasting
Steve Young, WNWC-FM
Lynn Bieritz, Mid-West Family Broadcasting
Ryan “Elwood” Bjorn, Woodward Communications
Zack East, Mid-West Family Broadcasting
Andrew Felix, WEAU-TV
John Kimmons, Mid-West Family Broadcasting
Luis Montoto, Mid-West Family Broadcasting
Josh Morgan, WREX-TV
Hope Quackenboss, Mid-West Family Broadcasting
Joe Radske, WISC-TV
Brian Tyndall, Mid-West Family Broadcasting
Sean Dwyer, WXOW-TV
John Laughrin, WAOW-TV
Mike O’Brien, Bliss Communications
Terry Stevenson, Seehafer Broadcasting
Bruce Briney, WKOW-TV
Cedric Friesen, Family Radio
Mike Kemmeter, Woodward Communications
Ed Kral, WSJV-TV
Jill Sommers, WISC-TV
Evan Stanek, Woodward Communications
Jill Shiroma, WISC-TV
Eric Voight, Results Broadcasting
Dave Edwards, Woodward Communications
Steve Fisher, Woodward Communications
Pam Jahnke, Mid-West Family Broadcasting
Rex Charger, Mid-West Family Broadcasting
JD Garfield, Mid-West Family Broadcasting
Jim Leach, Mid-West Family Broadcasting
Jen O’Brien, Mid-West Family Broadcasting
Jean Taylor, Mid-West Family Broadcasting
Howard Gloede, Mid-West Family Broadcasting
John Huff, KWWL-TV
Bridget Breen, KTIV-TV
Dave Booth, WXOW-TV
Jeff Thelen, WSAW-TV
Kevin Ruppert, WISC-TV
Paul Layendecker, Mid-West Radio – Michigan
Bob Bucholtz, Mid-West Radio – Michigan
Mike Kornemann, Madison Magazine
Colin Benedict, WISC-TV
Susie Taylor, Channel 3000
Ty Shea, WISC-TV
Sandi Schmidt, Woodward Communications
Greg Lawrence, Woodward Communications
Cindy Taerud-Forkes, WKBT-TV, La Crosse
Amy Ziebell, Mid-West Family Radio
Ritchie Baumann, Mid-West Family Radio
Jason McCutchin, Mid-West Family Radio
Len Clark, Learfield Communications
Sue Ramsett, WSAW-TV, Wausau
Scott Huber, WSVX Radio
Theresa Timm, Family Radio
Corri Moran, Family Radio
Linda Baun, WBA, Madison
Mary Anne Drewek, Woodward Communications
Don Grassman, Results Broadcasting
Joe Daguanno, Mid-West Family Radio, Stevensville, MI
Dave Doetsch, Mid-West Family Radio, Springfield, IL
Glen Gardner, Mid-West Family Radio, Madison
Jim Gifford, Mid-West Family Radio, St. Joseph, MI
Brian Michaels, Family Radio, La Crosse
Geoff Shields, WMTV-TV, Madison
Rick Trautschold, Mid-West Family Radio, Springfield, MO
Nan Blom Roach, WISC-TV, Madison
Tim Bremel, WCLO/WJVL, Janesville
Joe Calgaro, Woodward Communications, Appleton
Don Rosen, WRJN/WEZY, Racine
Ken Scott, WCLO/WJVL, Janesville
Jeff Ver Voort, WISC-TV, Madison
Tom Yunt, Woodward Communications, Dubuque, IA
Steve Brown, Woodward Communications, Appleton
Randy Hawke, Mid-West Family Radio, Madison
John Hunt, Mid-West Family Radio, Madison
Kevin Kavanaugh, Family Radio, La Crosse
Al Lancaster, WSAW-TV, Wausau
Kristy Nix, Family Radio, La Crosse
John “Sly” Sylvester, Mid-West Family Radio, Madison
John Wanie, Woodward Communications, Appleton
Scott Chorski, WKBT-TV, La Crosse
Jason Effinger, WMTV, Madison/WEAU-TV, Eau Claire
Steve Scadden, WISC-TV, Madison
Dave Black, WSUM-FM, Madison
Carmelyn Daley, WISC-TV, Madison
Tim Etes, WRJN/WEZY, Racine
Steve Lavin, WEAU-TV, Eau Claire/WBAY-TV, Green Bay
Scott Lopas, WTKM AM/FM, Hartford
Barb Renbarger, WEAU-TV, Eau Claire
Greg Bell, Woodward Communications, Appleton
Bob Dailey, WCLO/WJVL, Janesville
James Hodges, WBKV/WBWI, West Bend
Brian Howell, Madison Magazine, Madison
Dayton Kane, Woodward Communications, Appleton
Michelle Vetterkind, WBA, Madison
Jolene Neis, Mid-West Family Radio, Madison
Pat O’Neill, Mid-West Family Radio, Madison
Kelly Radandt, Woodward Communications, Appleton
Scott Robert Shaw, Family Radio, La Crosse
George Smith, WSUP-FM, Platteville
Ted Waldbillig, Mid-West Family Radio, Madison
Wilfred Tremblay, WSUW-FM, Whitewater
Ken Beno, Lake Land College, Mattoon, IL
Leonard Charles, WISC-TV, Madison
Mary Jo Berner, WERL/WRJO, Eagle River
Tom Bier, WISC-TV, Madison
John Laabs, WBA, Madison
Bob Miller, WKOW-TV, Madison/Discover Mediaworks, Milwaukee
David Sanks, WISC-TV, Madison
Sandy Shockley, Shockley Communications, Madison
Terry Shockley, Shockley Communications, Madison
Tom Walker, Mid-West Family Radio, Madison
Jen Winiger, Madison Magazine, Madison
2017? Just You Wait!
2017 looks like a year in flux. A whole new administration is unpredictable. For us in the media, it can be a circus, in more ways than one. We have an unpredictable president, that’s for sure. Those who work for him are too. It appears the new FCC chair, Ajit Pai, plans to do some things that’ll make it easier for us to operate. The public file listener letters will go away, and even more changes are being discussed at the FCC that might make it easier for us to operate.
The funny thing is that those changes come and go, but it doesn’t seem to really make it any less work, it’s just a different kind of work. We don’t have to manually erase tape carts anymore, just push a key.
Certainly there’s a lot to do in WBA, Our awards show has more than 1,700 entries, a record. We’re working on a project to honor Rick Jowett, our late photographer for a generation or two. We plan to be involved in Honor Flights again. This time we’re working with Vietnam vets. WBA will be working harder to replace the income lost when some NCSA clients cut budgets or simply went away. Budget cuts mean service cuts. But we’ll be working hard to replace that income or reduce services. You already know membership dues have increased. It was a long time coming. And the value surely matches the amount we now pay.
Each station will have work to do. The TV people have to deal with their spectrum project. Someone will have to get to the Legislature/Department of Revenue to change the sales tax picture to make sure any money spent by those stations becomes a deduction. The bill passed in the last legislature was faulty in that regard.
In radio, FM chips for cell phones are getting more plentiful. There were more than a thousand FM translators licensed to strengthen the signals of AM stations. That will probably start again.
The commission will probably work on cutting more of our red tape providing more flexibility to serve our audiences. The red tape needs to reflect the current marketplace, not 1977.
That’s my first newsletter to the membership. Hope to see you all in Sheboygan in June. And, thank you for your trust in electing me as WBA chair.