Wisconsin Broadcasters Association


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

A morning producer at WTMJ-AM in Milwaukee is the recipient of the first ever Results Broadcasting Education Grant.

Rachel Frye graduated from Western Illinois University in 2013 and began her career with a six-radio station cluster in Macomb, Illinois before taking a job at WTMJ-AM in June 2014. She started part time as a reporter and board operator and in February 2016 was hired full time as producer of Wisconsin’s Morning News. Her duties have since expanded to include producing digital content and leading station events.

Vice President and Market Manager Steve Wexler said Frye is the kind of employee… Continue reading

The deadline for a fellowship for photographers is coming June 1.

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… Continue reading

The Wisconsin Broadcasters Hall of Fame was created in 1989 to honor broadcasters that have devoted a minimum of 15 years to the broadcasting industry including a minimum of 10 years as a Wisconsin broadcaster. The award recognizes an individual’s history of exemplary leadership in community and statewide service as a broadcast professional.

The first 12 members of the Hall of Fame were inducted during the 1989 WBA Summer Conference. Since 1989, 148 outstanding broadcasters have been honored with Hall of Fame inductions.

Inductees are chosen each year from nominations by WBA members, family members and friends. Broadcasters who have… Continue reading

Five Wisconsin Broadcasters have been chosen as 2020 WBA Local Broadcast Legends.

The Wisconsin Broadcasters Association Local Broadcast Legends Award was established in 2015 under the direction of Bruce Grassman, owner/president of Results Radio. The Local Broadcast Legends Award is a great honor and recognition for individuals that work behind the scenes and within their communities fulfilling the commitment broadcasters have made to serve their local communities. They are individuals who exemplify localism. This award is a means to extend recognition of these individuals beyond their local communities.

Individuals with 15 years or more service in Wisconsin broadcasting may be… Continue reading

WBA Hall of Famer Mike Elliott had a career in radio that spanned more than 50 years and a love of sports that he used to inspire those he led through his amazing career.

Elliott died Monday. He was 82.

Elliott started his career at WACE radio in Springfield, Massachusetts in 1954, where he was a sports announcer for Springfield College games. Early career stops as an announcer took him to Stockton, California, Boston, Atlantic City, Atlanta, Washington, D.C., and Chicago. He began his Wisconsin broadcasting career in Milwaukee in 1973 when he signed on as host of WTMJ radio’s… Continue reading

Green Bay Packer legend and WBA Hall of Famer Willie Davis is being remembered for his landmark run with the Green Bay Packers and long career in broadcasting.

Davis died Wednesday at the age of 85.

His broadcast career spanned more than 30 years, following a 12-year National Football League Hall of Fame career with the Cleveland Browns and Green Bay Packers and coinciding with a 27-year stint in the beer and wine distribution business. He helped the Packers through an unprecedented championship run and to two Super Bowl victories and was inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame.… Continue reading

“It was a great seminar and helpful information.”

“I had a very eye opening experience and learned there are a lot of opportunities.”

“I enjoyed the variety of sessions.”
“I have been inspired.”

“The seminar was overall very beneficial.”

Those were just a few of the comments from more than 140 students who attended the 2020 WBA Student Seminar on March 7 at the Madison Marriott.

Another successful event can be attributed to the hard work of the WBA Education Committee in putting together an outstanding program, which featured, director, voice actor, film producer, and screenwriter, Phil Johnston. Phil was… Continue reading

Four scholarships will be given out during the WBA Student Seminar on March 7 to students studying broadcasting in Wisconsin. The recipients are:

Enjoyiana Nururdin

Enjoyiana Nurrdin

Enjoyiana Nururdin is the 2020 Morgan Murphy Media Scholarship recipient.                 

Enjoyiana is attending the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is majoring in Journalism and Political Economy, Philosophy, and Politics. She is planning to graduate in 2021.

Enjoyiana’s career goal is to become a political broadcast journalist. She started her ambitious academic career early working for the Simpson Street Free Press… Continue reading

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