I am pleased to have the honor of serving as Chair of the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association Foundation (WBAF). Foundation President and CEO, Michelle Vetterkind, provides outstanding leadership for the WBAF. I am happy to report that your Foundation is well positioned to be a strong partner with the WBA during 2019.
Communication with the WBA membership and the WBA board remain consistent and effective through Foundation reports in the WBA newsletter and WBAF reports presented at WBA Board and Executive Committee meetings. As Foundation Chair, my attendance at these meetings provides an excellent opportunity for WBA board members to provide… Continue reading
The WBA Foundation is getting thank yous for it recent awarding of Educational Support Grants. Two letters are below:
I hope all is well with you and the WBA!
I would like to sincerely thank you and the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association Foundation for the Educational Support Grant grant of $2,500 for the purchase of production equipment that will serve the needs of our Stage & Screen Arts students now and into the future!
As with many institutions of higher education, we are tasked with being as resourceful as humanly possible while providing the best education… 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, 2019. Submissions should be made on the official nomination form (enclosed) and sent to the WBA Foundation office. Selected nominees will be inducted on June 12, 2019, during the annual WBA Hall of Fame Dinner. The dinner will be held at the Osthoff Resort in Elkhart Lake in conjunction with the WBA Summer Conference.
The Wisconsin Broadcasters Hall of Fame was established in… Continue reading
The WBA and the WBA Foundation appreciate those who have chosen broadcast engineering as a profession. We realize that all broadcast engineers must stay current in broadcast engineering knowledge, skills, practices, and technologies, and that involves an investment of time and money.
As the broadcast industry evolves, so must our understanding of how to implement new media transmission. Unfortunately, often busy schedules and tight budgets for most engineering departments do not permit engineers to learn new skills and acquire an understanding of new technology. How are broadcast engineers able to keep up-to-date so that our industry thrives?
The WBA and… Continue reading
The WBA Foundation held two statewide political debates in October highlighting the major party candidates in the race for Governor and the U.S. Senate. The Wisconsin Association of Independent Colleges and Universities sponsored the debates.
U.S. Senate candidates Sen. Tammy Baldwin and State Senator Leah Vukmir debated Oct. 13 in Wausau. Wisconsin gubernatorial candidates Gov. Scott Walker and State Superintendent of Public Schools Tony Evers debated Oct. 19 in Madison. Both debates were moderated by Jill Geisler, longtime Wisconsin news professional, WBA Hall of Fame member, author, and Bill Plante Chair in Leadership and Media Integrity at Loyola University, Chicago.… Continue reading
A man who helped to form and guide thousands of students during his 55 year academic and broadcast career has died.
Henry Lippold died Saturday at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire. He was 89.
Lippold started his career in 1947 and maintained academic and professional careers at UW-Oshkosh, UW-Madison, Northwestern University, and WOSH-AM, Oshkosh, WIB-AM, Poynette, WHA-AM, Madison, and WLS-AM, Chicago. He spent five years in broadcast news at WMT-AM and TV in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, before embarking on a 43-year academic career in 1959 at the University of Illinois where he taught television news and broadcast writing… Continue reading
Wisconsin gubernatorial candidates Gov. Scott Walker and State Superintendent Tony Evers debated Friday night in Madison at a one-hour televised event sponsored by the WBA Foundation with funding provided by the Wisconsin Association of Independent Colleges and Universities. It was aired live or delayed by more than 80 television and radio stations throughout the state. The debate was also shown live on national network C-SPAN and it was streamed on at least 17 different websites.
The debate was produced at WMTV-TV and moderated by Jill Geisler, longtime Wisconsin news professional, WBA Hall of Fame member, author, and Bill Plante Chair… Continue reading
The second of two WBA Foundation debates will take place Friday, Oct. 19, at 8 p.m. and air live or delayed on more than 80 radio and TV stations in Wisconsin.
Financial support for the debate is provided by the Wisconsin Association of Independent Colleges and Universities.
The debate will be produced at WMTV-TV and moderated by Jill Geisler, longtime Wisconsin news professional, WBA Hall of Fame member, author and Bill Plante Chair in Leadership and Media Integrity at Loyola University, Chicago. Panelists from the Madison market include Jessica Arp,… Continue reading
A pioneer in local television news and WBA Hall of Famer has died.
Joseph T. Loughlin, 87, died Nov 9, 2017. He was living in Huntley, Illinois.
Loughlin began his 45 year broadcast career as a news reporter, producer, and anchor at television stations in Alabama and Florida. In 1963, he produced and anchored the nation’s first nightly 1-hour newscast at Tampa’s WTVT-TV.
From 1963 to 1966 he organized the first local news department of WCBS-TV, New York. He was General Manager of WVTV, Milwaukee, 1969-81, establishing it as a top independent television station. From 1981-87 he was Vice… Continue reading