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  • Tanz named President of Midwest Communications
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    Tanz named President of Midwest Communications

    Duke Wright’s Midwest Communications announced Tuesday the appointment of 37-year company veteran Peter Tanz to succeed company Wright as President. Duke Wright died Dec. 21. “Peter has worked with and learned the business of broadcasting from Duke for over 35…

  • Hutchings remembered for storied career, MMI
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    Hutchings remembered for storied career, MMI

    Career broadcaster, leader of the Madison Media Institute, and WBA Hall of Famer Ed Hutchings died Sunday. He was 92. Hutchings’ 37-year career spanned radio announcing, television sportscasting, sales and management, and education. Hutchings became a broadcaster early in life….

  • Madison station raises more than 5 million meals

    Madison station raises more than 5 million meals

    WMTV’s 27th annual NBC15 Share Your Holidays Campaign surpassed its goal of raising 5 million meals for Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin. The final total was 5,370,814 meals raised. With $10 equaling roughly 25 meals, thanks to the buying…

  • WBA Student Seminar to focus on diversity of career options
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    WBA Student Seminar to focus on diversity of career options

    The Wisconsin Broadcasters Association (WBA) Student Seminar is set for Saturday, Feb. 25 at the Madison Marriott West in Middleton. Hayley Tenpas is presenting the keynote address. Tenpas, a UW-Whitewater grad, is also featured on a panel in the morning and will hand out the 20th…

  • WORT remembers dedicated volunteer

    WORT remembers dedicated volunteer

    Madison community radio station WORT is remembering a dedicated volunteer who died Dec. 1. Kathy Hoveland was a deeply involved and enthusiastic volunteer at WORT. Station staff said she brightened everyone’s day during her receptionist shifts, sharing acerbic wit and…

  • International visit reminder of broadcasting’s critical role

    International visit reminder of broadcasting’s critical role

    Your WBA was recently invited to meet with a group of international journalists traveling the U.S. to talk about the role of local broadcasters in Wisconsin. It was a lively and enlightening session for all. The U.S. State Department organized…

  • Jacobs: My Biggest Observation of 2022
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    Jacobs: My Biggest Observation of 2022

    As many of you know, we work with a broad array of broadcasters – commercial stations in markets of all sizes, public radio and Christian radio – and for a lot of media-adjacent companies whose products support broadcasters. We also…

  • CBS 58 hires Collins as Director of Strategic Marketing

    CBS 58 hires Collins as Director of Strategic Marketing

    CBS 58 (WDJT-TV) in Milwaukee has named Jim Collins Director of Strategic Marketing. Collins will work with all departments to increase ratings, revenue, visibility, and involvement in the community. He will report to General Manager Anne Brown. Collins joins CBS…

  • WBA, Wisconsin Army National Guard boost partnership

    WBA, Wisconsin Army National Guard boost partnership

    I’m baaaack! Many of you knew me as Shannon Kilcoyne, when I worked with my beloved WBA previously. Years later…after marriage, a new name, a child, and a few promotions…I am thrilled to return to this partnership with you! In…

  • 5 named to Wisconsin Silver Circle

    5 named to Wisconsin Silver Circle

    Five Wisconsin broadcasters will be named to the Wisconsin Silver Circle on Feb. 12. The awards are given by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. The following are 2023 inductees: John Eddy, WISN-TV Dwight Moss, WISN-TV Rick Rietbrock,…

  • SBE chapter donates to media fund, encourages additional support

    SBE chapter donates to media fund, encourages additional support

    SBE Chapter 80 recently donated $500 to the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Advancement Office in support of the Gary Mach Excellence in Media Fund. The Gary Mach Excellence in Media Fund is inspired by Mach’s achievements in broadcast engineering as…

  • Don’t panic when facing awards deadline stress

    Don’t panic when facing awards deadline stress

    It’s Monday, Jan. 9, 2023. You get to the office and open your weekly calendar and … Oh No! You put down the WBA Awards for Excellence Entry Deadline on Wednesday at 6 p.m., but forgot all about it.  …

  • Radio station brings hope with shoebox gifts for kids
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    Radio station brings hope with shoebox gifts for kids

    For years, Life 102.5 (WNWC) listeners have shared hope by providing kids in Madison and the surrounding areas with Shoebox Gifts for Kids. This year, when listeners shopped for everything on their Christmas list, they picked up a few extra…

  • WBA Hall of Famer Duke Wright dies after lifetime in broadcasting
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    WBA Hall of Famer Duke Wright dies after lifetime in broadcasting

    Legendary broadcaster and WBA Hall of Famer Duke Wright died Wednesday. He was 83. During his career, Duke, born Duey Edward Wright Jr., built Midwest Communications into one of the largest privately owned, family-operated radio operating companies in the United…