Wisconsin Broadcasters Association

I’m sure you’ll agree that there is no shortage of legislative issues affecting our industry at the moment. From the Incentive Auction Repack and Relocation, to Performance Tax,  to advertising deductibility, to retransmission consent, to openness issues, just to name a few. The list goes on and on. As always, know that your WBA is here to serve you, our valued members, and to advocate on your behalf. Advocacy has always been one of the most (if not THE most) valuable services your WBA provides. However, one crucial aspect of your WBA’s advocacy efforts are the relationships that YOU have with your elected officials (at both the state and federal levels). Never underestimate how very important those relationships are. Our WBA State Legislative Day and our WBA DC Trip are two such examples of how YOU shine and truly make a difference.   

Please join me in extending our appreciation to the following members of the Wisconsin State Legislature/Congress for their support of Wisconsin’s broadcasters:

Signed on to Local Radio Freedom Act

Congressman Glenn Grothman

Congressman Mike Gallagher

Congressman Ron Kind

Congressman Sean Duffy

Senator Ron Johnson



Signed on to the Yoder/Engle (Tax Deductibility Letter) – in our support

Congressman Glenn Grothman

Congressman Sean Duffy

Congressman Mike Gallagher

Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner


Co-Sponsors – our Technical Fix Legislation for our Sales Tax Exemption
Rep. Joel Kleefisch (co-author)
Rep. Jill Billings
Rep. Ed Brooks
Rep. Steve Doyle
Rep. Andre Jacque
Rep. Scott Krug
Rep. Bob Kulp
Rep. Beth Meyers
Rep. Nick Milroy
Rep. Jeffrey Mursau
Rep. Lee Nerison
Rep. Todd Novak
Rep. Romaine Quinn
Rep. Keith Ripp
Rep. Ken Skowronski
Rep. Pat Snyder
Rep. Lisa Subeck
Rep. Jeremy Thiesfeldt
Rep. Paul Tittl
Rep. Travis Tranel
Rep. Ron Tusler

Senator Howard Marklein (co-author)
Senator Janet Bewley
Senator Robert Cowles
Senator Jon Erpenbach
Senator Daniel Feyen
Senator Dave Hansen
Senator Devin LeMahieu
Senator Stephen Nass
Senator Lena Taylor
Senator Patrick Testin


If you haven’t signed up for your WBA’s Summer Conference events, please do so now!  I’m sure you’ll agree the Conference Committee did a wonderful job with the agenda. 

Please join me in congratulating our 2017 WBA Hall of Fame Inductees: Ben Beno, Leonard Charles, Bill Hurwitz, and Larry Meiller, and our Local Broadcast Legend Award Recipients: Ben Jakel, William “Bill” Lipman, Jack Martin, and Terry Stake.

I look forward to seeing you (and celebrating with you) in June at the Blue Harbor Resort in Sheboygan on the shores of beautiful Lake Michigan!

For now, enjoy the beautiful spring weather. 

And…..thank you, as always, for your time & support!