Wisconsin Broadcasters Association


Television personality Ward Chase, better known to many as “Mac the Mailman” is being remembered in a video posted to the Wisconsin Broadcasting Museum.

Chase began his broadcasting career in 1949 at WBAY radio in Green Bay and four years later joined WBAY-TV when it went on the air. In 1956 he moved to Milwaukee to be a newscaster on WOKY radio. A year later he returned to TV on WITI-TV and in 1959 to WXIX-TV.

Chase is best remembered in Milwaukee for his children’s program “Mac the Mailman.” Chase played Mac, the mailman who played movies, read letters,… Continue reading

A Marshfield area radio broadcaster and WBA Hall of Famer with a long record of community service has died.

Jack Hackman was with Goetz Broadcasting for his career in broadcasting that lasted more than 40 years. He died Tuesday surrounded by his family. He was 85.

Hackman started as a control room engineer and producer at WDLB radio in Marshfield and served in numerous talent and management roles until 1970 when he became general manager of WDLB-AM/WLJY-FM.

In 1981, he became vice president and chief operating officer of Goetz Broadcasting, overseeing the operation of 12 radio stations in Wisconsin, Illinois,… Continue reading

A television photographer working in the La Crosse area is the first to receive the Rick Jowett Fellowship.

Travis Judell works at WXOW News 19 and was awarded $1,500 to extend his training with the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA).

Judell started his career in broadcasting at WKBT-TV in La Crosse while he was still a sophomore in college. He said he’s looking to gain as much knowledge of the industry as he can and grow as a photographer to be able to use compelling video to tell the many stories in his community.  He said he’s always been… Continue reading

WISN-TV Director of Engineering Jim Steinhart, won $840 at the WBA Foundation’s 50/50 Raffle at the exhibitor reception during the WBA Summer Conference.

Another $840 was raised for the WBA Foundation. Thank you to all supporters of the WBA Foundation.

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

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