Wisconsin Broadcasters Association

Date:  March 4, 2017
Time: Registration Opens at 8 a.m.
Location: Madison Marriott West, Hotel, Middleton, WI

Madison Marriott West

Morning sessions: (Choose three)

Radio and TV News ReportingAnthony DaBruzzi, Morning Anchor/Producer, and Stephanie Haines, Evening Anchor/Reporter/Multimedia Journalist, WJFW-TV, Rhinelander; Len Nelson, WAPL, Appleton; and Stan Stricker, WCLO/WJVL, Janesville (Session 1 – Room B,   Session 2 – Room A) Moderator: Randall Davidson

Broadcast Sales and Marketing – (Session 1 & 3 – Room A) Mike O’Brien, WCLO/WJVL, Janesville and General Manager WMTV-TV, Madison Don Vesely

Social Media’s Role in the Newsroom – Heather Poltrock, Digital Content Manager WSAW-TV, Wausau (Session 2 & 3 – Room B)

Campus Radio Stations(Session 1 Room C) – Dave Black, UW-Madison – Station managers and those interested in student radio leadership – (Session 2 Room C) – Program directors and those in student radio programming.

Campus TV Stations – (Session 3 – Room C) Chris Shofner, UW-Stevens Point

Thanks….But How Do I Get My First Job(Session 1 & 2 – Room D) Jay Kruz, Program Director and Afternoon DJ at WREW, Cincinnati

Student Storytellers(Session 3 – Room D) Dean Maytag, retired WISN-TV, Milwaukee

Engineering  (Session 1 & 2 – Room E) Bill Hubbard, UW-Green Bay and Kevin Ruppert, WISC-TV, Madison and a tour of live truck

Promotion  – (Session 1 & 2 – Room F) Patrick Nienow, Promotions Coordinator, WLUM/WLDB/WZTI, Milwaukee  Moderator:  Brian Lucas

Producing Industrial Videos and Commercials – (Session 2 & 3 – Room G)

Jim Mead, UW-Whitewater, Director of UWW-TV, Director of Video One Media Services


11:45 to 1:05pm Sessions: (Choose one of two)

The Future of Television Is Now This session centers on the building of a TV station, specifically WMTV in Madison, which has just finished a complete new build including building, software, and studio equipment. General Manager Don Vesely and other staff members including a producer, news director, and engineer discuss Industry changes and what it means for future employees. Moderator: Rob Snyder

Speed networking A breakout session featuring one on one time with professionals in news, production, sales, entertainment, etc. List of participants will be available in your attendee packet.

8 a.m. – 9 a.m.: Registration

9 a.m. – 9:05 a.m.: Introductions and Brief Orientation 

9:10 a.m. – 9:55 a.m.: First Breakout Session (Student Chooses Three)

9:55 a.m. –  10 a.m.: Break

10 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.: Second Breakout Session

10:45 a.m. -10:50 a.m.: Break

10:50 a.m. – 11:35 a.m.: Third Breakout Session 

11:35 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.: Break

11:45 a.m. –  1:05 p.m. Final Sessions – (Choose one of two)

1:05 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Lunch; Keynote Address: “You Don’t Need Permission” with Jay Kruz, WREW, Cincinnati, Presentation of the WBA Foundation Scholarships and WBA Student Awards for Excellence.

2:30 p.m. – 2:40 p.m.: Wrap-Up and Door Prize Drawings


Madison Marriott West Hotel
1313 John Q Hammons Drive
Middleton, WI 53562

HOTEL RESERVATIONS: The WBA provides a limited number of hotel rooms (on a first-come, first-served basis) for students who attend the WBA Student Seminar. To qualify, please have your advisor contact Linda Baun at 1-800-236-1922 or email her at lbaun@wi-broadcasters.org.

If you are registering for more than one person, you will have the opportunity to change quantities in your cart.
Student/Educator: $15.00

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