Wisconsin Broadcasters Association


Local Broadcast Legend Glen Moberg was honored last session by the Wisconsin State Legislature.

Moberg was honored in 2019 as a WBA Local Broadcast Legend. The Wisconsin Public Radio veteran journalist retired in February 2019 and died in September 2019 after fighting cancer.

The Wisconsin State Assembly and Wisconsin State Senate passed a resolution last session honoring Moberg for his career in broadcasting and service to the communities of central Wisconsin.

The resolution reads, “through his tireless work over 15 years at Wisconsin Public Radio and nearly 50 years in the broadcasting industry, Glen has become a uniting figure… Continue reading

A half-hour program highlighting three WBA Hall of Fame inductees is available to view online and available for stations to air.

The program showcases the contributions of three past Hall of Fame inductees: Don Seehafer (inducted in 2002), Rosa Bartell Evans (inducted in 1997), and Bob Uecker (inducted in 1994).

View video in Vimeo.

The show is available to all WBA television stations, free of charge. It can start airing anytime and is 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… Continue reading

The Walker Broadcast Management Institute scheduled for April 2021 will be postponed to April 2022.

The WBA Foundation Board voted unanimously to again delay the three-day session because of the ongoing pandemic. The Institute is hosted on the University of Wisconsin campus in Madison, which remains closed to outside groups. The school has already canceled spring commencement. Many companies are also not allowing employees to travel through next spring.

While specific dates are yet to be determined, the Institute is expected to take place in April 2022.

The Board decided to forgo the option of hosting the event online, citing… Continue reading

An educator, entrepreneur, trailblazer, and WBA Hall of Fame inductee, Nancy Zieman hosted Sewing With Nancy on public television stations for more than 30 years. Now, an all-new documentary tells the story of Nancy’s life through her own words and the reflections of those she inspired across a lifetime of education, family and faith. 

Nancy Zieman: Extraordinary Grace premieres 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 23 on PBS Wisconsin.  

Zieman was host of Sewing With Nancy, the longest-running television sewing program, produced in the PBS Wisconsin studios and broadcast on public television stations across the… Continue reading

A podcast from Wisconsin Broadcasters Association Hall of Famer Bob Barry is marking more than one year’s worth of episodes. The Bob Barry Unearthed Interviews podcast highlights his historic interviews with musicians and celebrities.
Bob Barry had a long career interviewing some of the biggest names in music during the 60s and 70s. He ruled the airwaves in Milwaukee radio at WOKY-AM, WEMP-AM, WISN-AM and WZTR-FM. He conducted hundreds of interviews and kept recordings of his most memorable moments. He talked with the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, James Brown, Dolly Parton, Sophia Loren, Gregory Peck… Continue reading

Do you know a student who could use assistance with educational expenses?      

The Wisconsin Broadcasters Association Foundation offers four scholarships. Students who meet eligibility requirements are encouraged to apply for these scholarships:

  • David L. and Rita E. Nelson Family Fund Scholarship – $1,000
  • Howard Gernetzke Scholarship – $1,000
  • Morgan Murphy Media Scholarship – $2,000
  • Wisconsin Broadcasters Association Scholarship – $2,000

More information and the application can be found here.

Students who have completed at least one-half of their degree or graduation requirements in a media or media-related course of study are encouraged to apply.

Applicants… Continue reading

WBA Hall of Famer Susan Knaack is being remembered for her 38-year broadcasting career in the Fox Valley.

Knaack died Wednesday. She was 77.

Knaack started her broadcasting career in Oshkosh with stints at WAGO and WMKC from 1971-77 where she was a talk show hostess, copy writer, sales assistant, and traffic director. In 1977 she moved to Woodward Communications’ WHBY/WAPL in Appleton, as Creative Services Director. She moved into sales in 1980, became Sales Manager in 1982 and General Manager in 1984. In 1989 she became Vice President of Broadcast for Woodward, expanding the company’s holdings from four to… Continue reading

The honorees named for the 2020 WBA Hall of Fame and Local Broadcast Legends will be honored in 2021 and no new honorees will be selected in 2021.

The WBA Board and Foundation Board voted in July to have the 2020 selections for both honors be inducted during the WBA 2021 Summer Conference. The boards also voted to not solicit nominations for 2021 Hall of Fame and Legends inductees.

“It is important that the individuals honored each year are given a special ceremony dedicated to them and their fellow honorees,” WBA President and CEO Michelle Vetterkind said. “Inducting the 2020… Continue reading

WBA Hall of Famer Tommy Lee Bychinski is retiring after 50 years in radio and television.

“Mr. Radio” in Reedsburg, Bychinski had a 44-year career in radio built on a strong foundation of community service and involvement.

After attending Brown Institute, he began his career in 1964 at WIGM radio in Medford and after two years began his 33-year run with Goetz Broadcasting. For Goetz he served in Marshfield at WDLB as a sports announcer and air personality from 1966-72 and then moved to their stations in Reedsburg, WRDB/WNFM, as an account executive. In 1979 he became station manager and… Continue reading

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