Wisconsin Broadcasters Association

Army National Guard returns to NCSA/PEP, Broadcasters Clinic successful

While the past couple of months have been a true whirlwind for your WBA, I wanted to highlight a few items!

First and foremost – We’re thrilled to announce that the Army National Guard will be returning to the WBA’s NCSA/PEP Schedule as of Nov. 1!

If you’ll recall, the contract between the Army National Guard and its ad agency expired at the end of 2014 and all 50 states have been without the Guard NCSA/PEP program since then. We’re proud to say that we’ve continued to support our local Wisconsin Army National Guard and they have continued to support us at our events (Winter Conference, Awards Gala, and Summer Conference). I know you’ve seen them in attendance. They, too, are thrilled about the long-awaited renewal of this partnership!

I have no doubt you’ll agree how important the Wisconsin Army National Guard is to Wisconsin and to our nation, and therefore, how important effective recruitment is. As a follow up to my email to stations on Sept. 26, Liz Boyd (WBA NCSA/PEP Coordinator) has sent all of the additional information with her NCSA/PEP contacts at your stations. Please let us know immediately if your station does not have what you need to participate.

I thank you, in advance, for your support of this most important partnership! Your support of the NCSA/PEP program allows YOUR WBA to provide for so many of the myriad services and programs that we offer YOU, our valued members.

Coming soon….

Your WBA Foundation is pleased to offer you our 2017 Wisconsin Broadcasters Hall of Fame Shows. There will be two 30-minute shows (actual broadcast times TBA). They will be available for download from the WBA’s FTP site shortly. We’ll let you know when.

We hope that you will agree this is an excellent way to promote and enhance the image of the broadcasting industry in Wisconsin and, of course, to showcase the contributions of the four 2017 WBA Broadcasters Hall of Fame inductees – Ken Beno, Leonard “Chuck” Charles, Bill Hurwitz, and Larry Meiller as well as Jack Hackman (inducted in 1995) and the late Ed Hinshaw (inducted in 2002). 

The shows are available to all WBA television stations free of charge and they are suitable for airing during the holiday season and thereafter as a way to highlight the importance of broadcasting in Wisconsin and the achievements of this year’s inductees.

We would greatly appreciate it if you could find a place in your pre or post-holiday schedules for the 2017 WBA Hall of Fame Shows.

And last, but certainly not least….

Make sure to take a look at the recap of this year’s amazing Broadcasters Clinic! It’s hard to believe but the Clinic Committee, under the leadership of Leonard “Chuck” Charles (and of course, our own Linda Baun) put together an event that topped last year’s Clinic. It’s often said that it’s the best event of its kind in the country (and has won numerous awards). 

The tremendous success of this year’s Clinic seems especially appropriate as it was the last Clinic with Chuck as Chair. Chuck served on the Clinic committee since 1995 and has Chaired the Committee since 2010. We would like to wish our friend Chuck a wonderful retirement and to provide him with our heartfelt gratitude for ALL that he has done for us, the Clinic, his stations, and the industry. It’s also so very appropriate that Chuck was inducted into the WBA Hall of Fame this year, as mentioned earlier. He is a true Hall of Fame broadcaster. Thank you for your service, Chuck!  You will be greatly missed.     

Thank you, as always, for your time and support. 
Have a Safe & Blessed Holiday Season

Michelle Vetterkind
WBA President/CEO

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