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Phase 2 of the spectrum repack, the second of 10 phases during which many TV stations across the country must move frequencies, began December 1 and will run through April 12, 2019.

Numerous tools are available to help the audiences of the 28 television stations in Wisconsin that are part of the repack stemming from the broadcast spectrum incentive auction.

The National Association of Broadcasters has built a website with resources to explain how the changes affect them.

http://www.tvanswers.org/

 

For the audience:

–No new equipment is needed
–Over-the-air viewers will have to rescan their channels after a station changes… Continue reading

Community radio station Radio Milwaukee (WYMS-FM) presented its annual local music awards last week.

More than 8,000 online ballots were cast for the 2018 Radio Milwaukee Radio Awards which were handed out Thursday.

The awards show featured performances by House of Renji, Paper Holland, Amanda Huff, Dramatic Lovers, and DJ sets by Moses.

A full list of winners can be found here.

A Milwaukee TV station hosted a health insurance helpline to help viewers to get health insurance ahead of the Dec. 15 Affordable Care Act open enrollment deadline.

WISN-TV hosted experts from the Milwaukee Enrollment Network for four hours on Tuesday. They fielded more than 350 calls on topics like enrollment, eligibility, and how to help a family member.

Anyone seeking assistant can still call 211 with questions about enrollment and eligibility.

The hosts of a Madison radio station delivered Christmas trees to families needing extra holiday cheer this season.

Jim McGaw and Teri Barr from McGaw in the Morning on WOLX delivered the trees as part of their “12 Trees of Christmas.”

McGaw and Barr delivered 12 trees to Madison area families affected by flooding, job loss, and health issues. They set up the trees with decorations for the families and provided the families with gift cards.

A television station in Eau Claire helped raise $83,201 to honor three Girl Scouts and a parent who were killed while cleaning alongside a highway.

The incident occurred Nov. 3 in Chippewa Falls when a driver went off the road and struck the volunteer cleanup crew. A fourth Girl Scout was injured. A 21-year-old Chippewa Falls man is facing charges.

WEAU-TV held a fundraiser Nov. 27, on Giving Tuesday, in its front parking lot in Eau Claire called “The Halmstad and Southview Memorial Donation Drive.” Money was raised to create scholarships and memorials in the victims’ honor. Halmstad and… Continue reading

Milwaukee TV anchor Kate Chappell is taking a job in Chicago.

Chappell joins WMAQ on Monday as a reporter and fill-in anchor. She’s leaving CBS 58 where she was the 5 and 10 p.m. anchor.

She shared the news on her Facebook page.

“Thank you for welcoming me into your homes. It was an honor to tell your stories.”

Chappell is a Lake Geneva native and University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate.

WBA Hall of Famer Nathan Goetz is being remembered for his contributions to radio in Wisconsin and the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association.

Goetz died Wednesday at his home in Naples, Florida. He was 92.

The Monroe native built the Goetz Broadcasting Corporation from a single station, KMAQ, Maquoketa, Iowa, in 1956-58 to 12 stations in 1990 in Wisconsin, Illinois and Michigan, including WFAW-WSJY, Fort Atkinson, WDLB-WLJY, Marshfield, WRDB-WNFM, Reedsburg, WQJY-FM, La Crosse. When he sold the company in 1999, he had 14 stations in seven markets and seven news, sports, and farming networks serving 140 radio stations.

Goetz served as treasurer… Continue reading

A draft bill that would establish statewide rules for how police use body cameras and handle requests for access to videos has been approved by a Legislative Study Committee that’s been working on the topic since this summer.
The committee voted 9-1 in support of the draft legislation. WISN-TV News… – MORE –

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