WBA Duke Wright Media Technology Institute

Date:  June 13, 2023
Location: Osthoff Resort, Elkhart Lake

This year, the Summer Conference Engineering Day has become the WBA Media Technology Institute, an all-inclusive source for summer technical professional development. It will include dynamic presenters in three primary emphasis areas:

Radio Frequency Transmission and Facilities: Need to know about RF? We have you covered from the microphone through the transmitter. We will take a complete look at the components, the technology, safety, and end to end signal flow. You will learn from some of the industry’s best including Jeff Welton, Steve Wilde, Scott Michaels, and more!

Data Networking Infrastructure and Information Security: Enjoy a hands-on networking session that covers everything from Layer 1 to AoIP and all points in between. We will look at how to set up an AoIP network. Representatives from DNAV will lead this session. 

The Business of Broadcasting: Tom Walker from Mid-West Family will cover essential topics including: What industry are we actually in?  How Do We Keep Score?  CAPEX For Fun and Profit.

Registration deadline is May 30. No refunds after deadline.



8 a.m.
Continental Breakfast

8:30 a.m.
Opening Remarks, Introductions, and Getting to Know You

9 a.m. – Noon
The Business of Broadcasting

Tom Walker
Mid-West Family
  • What Industry Are We Actually In?
  • How Do We Keep Score?

Noon – Lunch (provided) – Sponsored by Nautel

MTI Lunch Sponsor

1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Effective Communication and Engineering Basics

Bill Hubbard, MTI
Jeff Welton, Nautel
  • Working Together to Achieve Success.
  • Making The Case for Equipment Replacement and/or Repair
  • Back to Basics – Ohm’s Law and The Math You Need to Know

5 p.m. Reception


8 a.m. Continental Breakfast

8:30 a.m. – Noon
It’s All About the Bits – Information Technology Essentials

Nick Straka, DNAV
Daniel Hyatt, DNAV
  • Data Network Technology
  • Everything from Layer 1 to How to Make AoIP work.
  • Setting up an AoIP Network

Noon – Lunch (provided) – Sponsored by Nautel

MTI Lunch Sponsor

1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Surviving a Ransomware Attack

Nancy Douglass, WLKG Radio
Jeff Welton, Nautel
  • Surviving a Ransomware Attack
  • Information Security
  • Virtualization

3 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Radio Frequency Transmission – High Power, High Risk, High Reward

Steve Wilde
Jeff Welton, Nautel
Bill Hubbard, MTI
  • Transmitters, Antennas, Towers, Coax and Lighting
  • Exciters
  • Site Safety and Grounding Considerations
  • VSWR Calculation, Measurement, and Impact
  • RF Spectrum for Broadcasters


8 a.m. Breakfast

8:30 – Noon
Low Power Radio Frequency Systems

Steve Wilde
Jeff Welton, Nautel
Scott Michaels
John Pfankuch
  • Troubleshooting a Radio Frequency System
  • Small Scale Yet Very Important RF Systems
  • Wireless Microphones
  • IFB Systems
  • STLs and TSLs

Noon – Lunch (provided) – Sponsored by Nautel

MTI Lunch Sponsor

1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
I Am a Chief Operator! What Do I Do?!?!?!

Tom Weeden, WBA ABIP
Clif Groth, WBA ABIP
Tim Laes, Midwest Communications
  • The Role of a Chief Operator
  • Documentation and Legal Requirements
  • EAS Considerations
  • Preparing for an FCC Inspection
  • The WBA Alternative Broadcast Inspection Program

2:30 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Time for a Tour – Putting It All in Perspective

Tim Laes, Midwest Communications
  • Radio Station and Transmitter Site Tour – Sheboygan
  • Wrap up, Feedback, and Next Steps

Underwriting for the Media Technology Institute is provided by the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association and Midwest Communications.


Please click here for more information on the WBA Summer Conference and hotel information.

FEES $199 – INCLUDES: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday instruction