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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

Two WBA Hall of Fame inductees are joining the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association Foundation’s Legacy Club.

Duke Wright, President and CEO of Midwest Communications and Tom Koser, President and General Manager of Koser Radio Group, were named to the Legacy Club this spring.

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 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, 144 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

 

Ten graduates of the Walker Broadcast Management Institute got their briefcases this week as the Institute marked the beginning of its eighth 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 Lori Cross on agile strategy, Sarah Young on leadership, and Tom Walker on broadcasting finances. Futurist Rebecca Ryan spoke at the graduation dinner at the Fluno Center.

This year’s graduates are:

Kelly Fuller – WAOW-TV

Dave Jensch – KBJR-TV

Doug… Continue reading

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

In 2010, the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association Foundation Board of Directors created the Educational Support Grant Program. This program awa­­rds up to $10,000 annually to assist non-profit college and technical school broadcast education programs to acquire equipment, hardware, software, and/or other teaching materials necessary to conduct broadcast education programs and promote careers in broadcasting. 

Communications educators are invited to submit grant proposals for 2019 and we encourage educators to spread the word about the WBA Foundation’s Educational Support Grant Program.

In 2018, the WBA Foundation Board approved four grants totaling $9,977. The program has generated excellent response. Since the inception… Continue reading

The VP/General Manager of WCLO/WJVL in Janesville, Mike O’Brien, and his wife Patty, have joined the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association Foundation’s Legacy Club.

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.

A Wisconsin sports broadcasting legend and WBA Hall of Famer has retired.

Mike Sullivan retired Jan. 31 after 45 years in radio in the Eau Claire area and western Wisconsin. He called more than 4,000 ballgames covering three generations in local high school sports. 

Sullivan worked in almost every aspect of radio broadcasting from DJ to station manager during career. In 1992, he turned WBIZ Radio in Eau Claire into the state’s first all-sports station.

Sullivan attended Swarthmore College and the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, and he graduated from Brown Institute in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He broke into broadcasting… Continue reading

Historic TV news anchor, WBA Hall of Famer, and former Wisconsin State Senator Walter John Chilsen has died.

Chilsen was a news broadcaster in Wausau and served six terms in the Wisconsin State Senate. He died on Christmas Day at the age of 95.

Chilsen began his career in 1949 at WLIN radio in Merrill. After three years he moved on to pursue a career in acting, first at Northwestern University and then in California. He returned to radio broadcasting with WLIN in early 1954 and then moved to WSAU radio in Wausau later that year.

Chilsen became the first… Continue reading

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