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Four scholarships will be given out during the WBA Student Seminar on March 5 to students studying broadcasting in Wisconsin. Learn more about the WBA Student Scholarship program and apply here. Interested in supporting the scholarship program? Learn more here.

The recipients are:

Kaylee Staral

Kaylee Staral is the 2022 Wisconsin Broadcasters Association Foundation Scholarship recipient.                 

Staral is attending Marquette University and majoring in journalism with minors in digital media and communications studies. She is planning to graduate in the spring of 2023.

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WBA Hall of Famer Terry Baun died Saturday. He was 74.

Known to all as Terry, his broadcast career started in 1967 at Milwaukee’s classical music station, WFMR-FM. After ten years there, he began a series of moves into corporate engineering, while also forming his own consulting firm, Criterion Broadcast Services, in Milwaukee. Through the years, he worked for Sudbrink Broadcasting, Multimedia Broadcasting, and Cumulus Broadcasting. He completed his broadcasting career working for the Wisconsin Educational Communications Board where he oversaw the engineering and operations of the delivery system for Wisconsin Public Radio and Television throughout the state of Wisconsin,… Continue reading

The Wisconsin Broadcasters Association Foundation Hall of Fame Committee is now requesting and accepting nominations for the Wisconsin Broadcasters Hall of Fame.

The Hall of Fame nomination process is open and will run through Feb. 15, 2022. Submissions should be made on the official nomination form found on the WBA website and sent to the WBA Foundation office. Selected nominees will be inducted on June 23, 2022, during the annual WBA Hall of Fame Dinner. The dinner will be held at the Radisson Hotel in La Crosse in conjunction with the WBA Summer Conference.

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WBA Hall of Famer and lifelong broadcaster, Jim Schuh, has died.

Schuh, 83, died Wednesday at Marshfield Medical Center in Weston, according to his obituary.

Schuh was a Milwaukee native and graduate of Marquette University. His career began in 1957 with a 6-year stint as an announcer and reporter for four different Milwaukee area radio and television stations. WSPT/WXYQ, Stevens Point was his home from 1963-88, where he served as a host, news director, program director and for 15 years, as general manager. He also served as general manager of WBIZ/WJJK in Eau Claire and WNAM/WUSW in Neenah‑Oshkosh… Continue reading

Two WBA members are joining the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association Foundation’s Legacy Club.

Kelly Radandt, the general manager at Woodward Radio Group in Appleton and Al Lancaster, the VP and general manager of WSAW in Wausau, were named to the Legacy Club this summer.

The Legacy Club was formed in 1998 to provide a formal procedure and recognition for those who make bequests or agree to make bequests to the WBA Foundation in their wills. 

For more information on how to join the Legacy Club, please contact Foundation President Michelle Vetterkind.

The WBA Foundation Board added a new member at its August meeting after Scott Trentadue declined to seek another term on the board.

Chris Bernier, Radio Plus, Marinette/Fond du Lac will take the seat held by Trentadue. Bernier was already serving on the board as a representative from the WBA Board.

WBA Board member Colleen Valkoun was appointed to fill the WBA representative seat occupied by Bernier before he was appointed to Trentadue’s seat.

The winner of the 50/50 raffle at the WBA Summer Conference donated their winnings to the WBA Foundation.

Jerad Clark from Mid-West Family in Madison won the raffle during the Wednesday reception at the WBA Summer Conference and donated his winnings to the Foundation. The raffle generated $2,220 for the Foundation.

Thank you Jerad!

A television photographer working in Milwaukee is the 2021 recipient of the Rick Jowett Fellowship.

Ryan Whittaker works at WTMJ-TV. He was awarded $539 to take classes to take a series of classes on visual storytelling and drone photography through the Poynter Institute. He said his aim is to constantly improve as a photographer through training, staying active in broadcasting, and always reaching for that next step.

He said he would like to work on longer format stories and develop storytelling skills for digital and social media.

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

The Wisconsin Broadcasters Association Foundation offers four scholarships that are increasing in value this year. Students who meet eligibility requirements are encouraged to apply for these scholarships:

  • David L. and Rita E. Nelson Family Fund Scholarship – $1,500 (up from $1,000)
  • Howard Gernetzke Scholarship – $1,500 (up from $1,000)
  • Morgan Murphy Media Scholarship – $2,500 (up from $2,000)
  • Wisconsin Broadcasters Association Foundation Scholarship – $2,500 (up from $2,000)

More information and the application can be found here.

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