Wisconsin Broadcasters Association


Bob Burnell is marking 20 years on the air at WOSH in Oshkosh. The milestone is being celebrated on Friday, the day of his anniversary. Friends of the show called in to congratulate him.

“We’ve had a lot of fun over the years,” Burnell said during his show. “There’s not many people can say that they enjoy coming to work…but I truly enjoy coming to work at the radio station.”

Burnell is the morning show host on WOSH and is also an account representative. 


The Wisconsin Broadcasters Association app is updated and ready to help visitors to the WBA Summer Conference and the Young Professionals Toolbox event next week at the Hilton Milwaukee City Center.

The app is available in the Apple App Store and Google Play. It’s also available on iPad.

Features added for the WBA Summer Conference include:

–Maps to all the events and sessions inside the Hilton
–Push alerts to remind you of the events as they happen
–Information on sessions and speakers

Even if you’re not coming to the conference, members will want the app for the following features:… Continue reading

The news director at WISN-TV in Milwaukee has been named to sit on a Legislative Council Study Committee to study the use of police body cameras in Wisconsin.

Ben Hart testified to an Assembly committee in January in opposition to a bill proposed in the last session of the legislature that would have established rules for how law enforcement releases body camera footage to the public. While the WBA supports efforts to regulate the use of police body cameras and the footage gathered by the cameras, the WBA expressed concerned about the bill citing portions of the proposal that would… Continue reading

A reporter and anchor who worked for two television stations in northwest Wisconsin is joining a Green Bay radio station to host an afternoon talk show.

Hayley Tenpas will host Focus Fox Valley on WHBY, which delivers local news and community minded conversation. She will cover family-oriented, community-driven topics and will put an emphasis on the people and organizations that help the Fox Valley thrive.

Tenpas started her career reporting for WJFW-TV in Rhinelander and was more recently the morning anchor at NBC 26 (WGBA-TV) in Green Bay.  She earned her broadcast journalism degree from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.… Continue reading

A student-run radio station in Eau Claire is changing its name from Blugold Radio to Verge 99.9 FM.

“We’re rebranding not to reflect changes in what we offer to our listening area, but rather to better match what listeners have grown to love about our contribution to the regional music scene,” said Scott Morfitt, station manager.

The change takes effect July 1.

Listeners can expect the same mix of local, national and international indie music, along with the same community collaborations — from podcast series to hosted concerts at unique community locations to co-sponsorships of local cultural events —which the… Continue reading

After much deliberation and discussion, the WBA Foundation Board has decided to withdraw its offer to hold live broadcast primary debates for the Republican U.S. Senate primary and Democratic gubernatorial primary.

The WBA Foundation will instead focus its efforts on continuing its more than 30 year tradition of holding general election debates. Details regarding the debates in the races for U.S. Senate and Governor of Wisconsin will be announced at a later date and will be offered on television and radio stations across the state.

“There is a lot of interest in these primary elections, which is why we initially… Continue reading

Tim Elliott is returning to NBC 15 (WMTV-TV) in Madison after three years at WISN-TV in Milwaukee.

Elliott previously worked at NBC 15, leaving in 2013. He said most of his family and friends live in the Madison area and he couldn’t pass up an opportunity to return to his home market.

Elliott is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and has a degree in journalism and mass communication. He has worked in the industry 11 years as an anchor, reporter, and producer at stations in Milwaukee, Louisville, and Dothan, Alabama. He recently won a 2017 WBA Award for Excellence for his live reporting.

The WBA Foundation has set criteria to determine which candidates will participate in live debates televised statewide in the Democratic primary in the race for the Governor of Wisconsin and the Republican primary in the race for a Wisconsin U.S. Senate seat.

The Republican candidates for U.S. Senate will debate Saturday, July 21 at 7 p.m. in Wausau. The Democratic candidates for governor will debate Friday, July 27 at 7 p.m. in Madison. Both will be broadcast to a statewide audience. Broadcasters in the Madison and Wausau/Rhinelander markets will participate in the debate.

It is the WBA Foundation’s goal… Continue reading

The WBA and Jacobs Media are teaming up to bring members a video series aimed at helping stations build their digital strategies.

The fourth video titled “Digital Analytics for Broadcasters” is available now in the WBA website’s Members Only section and in the videos section of the WBA app. The videos are produced by Jacobs Media’s Digital Dot Connector, Seth Resler.

Check back every two weeks through August to catch the next videos in the series. We’ll tackle topics like social media, podcasting, and mobile app strategies.

This is a FREE service from your WBA.

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