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The WBA Foundation has set criteria to determine which candidates will participate in live debates televised statewide in the Democratic primary in the race for the Governor of Wisconsin and the Republican primary in the race for a Wisconsin U.S. Senate seat.

The Republican candidates for U.S. Senate will debate Saturday, July 21 at 7 p.m. in Wausau. The Democratic candidates for governor will debate Friday, July 27 at 7 p.m. in Madison. Both will be broadcast to a statewide audience. Broadcasters in the Madison and Wausau/Rhinelander markets will participate in the debate.

It is the WBA Foundation’s goal… Continue reading

The dates have been set for the 2019 Walker Broadcast Management Institute.

The 2019 sessions will be held on the UW-Madison campus April 2-4. Registration has not yet started.

The Walker Broadcast Management Institute will be in its 22nd year, having completed its seventh, 3-year management education cycle in 2018. The 2019 Institute will mark the first year of another 3-year cycle and is designed for broadcast managers and those seeking or being prepared for broadcast management positions.

The Rick Jowett Fellowship was established in 2017 by the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association Foundation to support educational opportunities for photographers and videographers who work in media in Wisconsin.

Recipients of the fellowship can use the grant for professional development in the areas of photography and videography. Applicants must specify how the funds will be used.

Potential uses include but are not limited to courses offered by the National Press Photographers Association, the Poynter Institute, or any accredited college or university.

This fellowship intends to award a total of up to $2,000 in grants annually to multiple recipients to cover part… Continue reading

The Wisconsin Broadcasters Association Foundation is proud to announce the 2018 Class of the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame:
 
·        Tom Koser, of Rice Lake, a broadcaster dedicated to his local roots and community service,
·        Chris Lytle, of Chicago, a pioneer in innovative sales training with worldwide reach,
·        Bob Smith, of Madison, who exemplified leadership in television broadcasting, and 
·        Gary Timm, of… Continue reading

The Wisconsin Broadcasters Association Foundation has named the panelists who will be asking questions during two televised statewide primary debates scheduled for July.

The primary debate between Democrats in the gubernatorial primary will be held on Friday, July 27 at 7 p.m. at NBC15 (WMTV-TV) in Madison. The debate between Republicans in the U.S. Senate primary will be held Saturday, July 21 at 7 p.m. at WSAW-TV in Wausau.

The panelists for the Democratic gubernatorial primary will be:


Jessica Arp, WISC-TV


Emilee Fannon, WKOW-TV


Leigh Mills, WMTV-TV (social media panelist)


Lupita Montoto. La Movida Radio

Panelists for the Republican U.S.… Continue reading

Fifteen graduates of the Walker Broadcast Management Institute got their briefcases this week as the Institute marked the end of its seventh three-year cycle.

The Institute is designed for broadcast managers and those seeking or being prepared for broadcast management positions. It’s held at the UW School of Business on the UW-Madison campus.

This year the students heard from Linda Gorchels on marketing and the future, Betsy Hagan on developing people around you, and Barry Callen on creativity. Steven Rick, the Chief Economist for CUNA Mutual Group, spoke at the graduation dinner at the Fluno Center.

This year’s graduates are:… Continue reading

The Wisconsin Broadcasters Association Foundation is changing the date of one of the two televised debates for this year’s statewide primary races.

The primary debate between candidates in the Democratic gubernatorial primary will be held at NBC15 (WMTV-TV) in Madison on Friday, July 27 at 7 p.m. It was previously scheduled for July 13. The debate between candidates in the Republican U.S. Senate race is still scheduled for Saturday, July 21 at 7 p.m. at WSAW-TV in Wausau.

The hour-long debates will be offered to radio and television stations across the state for live or delayed broadcast. Broadcasters in the… Continue reading

Veteran television debate moderator and WBA Hall of Fame inductee Jill Geisler will moderate a WBA Foundation debate for Republican primary candidates in the U.S. Senate race. The debate is scheduled for Saturday July 21 at 7 p.m. and will be broadcast from WSAW-TV.

Geisler holds the Bill Plante Chair in Leadership and Media Integrity at Loyola University Chicago. She’s from Wisconsin and was one of the first female news directors of a major market affiliate when she was news director at WITI in Milwaukee. She’s an author and travels widely to conduct seminars for newsroom managers and leaders.… Continue reading

The Wisconsin Broadcasters Association Foundation is expanding its election year tradition of hosting broadcast debates by adding debates for this year’s statewide primary races. The hour-long debates for the Democratic gubernatorial race and Republican U.S. Senate race will be offered to radio and television stations across the state for live or delayed broadcast.
 
“The high level of interest in this year’s elections prompted us to organize debates for the hotly-contested statewide primaries,” WBA Foundation President and CEO Michelle Vetterkind said. “We are proud that Wisconsin’s broadcasters can bring the citizens forums that can help them be informed voters.”

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