Welcome to the Wisconsin Museum of Broadcasting

The preservation of history is the responsibility of every generation, every enterprise. We learn from history -- we recreate the aura and feelings, good and bad, of our foundations , and we build our future with it. The Wisconsin Museum of Broadcasting hopes to be this kind of repository for all who visit us.  Broadcasting has become a world institution in little more than a century. In Wisconsin, broadcasting is woven into the fabric of every community in the state. Its story can be told many different ways: a chronological timeline, an account of station participation in public affairs, remembrances of the many entertainments provided for children, music lovers, sports fans and more.  The Wisconsin Museum of Broadcasting hopes to present those stories and more, for all to enjoy.
 
  • Ron Fruit

    Ron Fruit

    Ron Fruit first signed onto the air at WRCO Radio in Richland Center in 1972, while still a teenager. Then he worked his way up, becoming program director, station manager and, in 1994, co-owner with his wife, Beth, of WRCO AM/FM. Along the way he built the stations into one […]

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  • Ed Hutchings

    Ed Hutchings

    Ed Hutchings shaped the success of broadcast stations in Wisconsin and beyond with a 37-year career that spanned radio announcing, television sportscasting, sales and management, and education. Hutchings became a broadcaster early in life. While attending the University of Iowa from 1949 to 1953, he signed on with Iowa stations […]

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  • Marv Nelles

    Marv Nelles

    Marv Nelles (1925-2008) was the voice of radio news in Wausau for nearly three decades during his 40 years in broadcasting. He made coverage of local news a priority and set a high standard for the next generation of radio news reporters and news directors throughout Wisconsin. A native of […]

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  • David Sanks

    David Sanks

    David Sanks worked in almost every aspect of radio and television during his 35-year broadcasting career, but he is best known for guiding the success of WISC-TV in Madison and of its multimedia parent company, Television Wisconsin, Inc. Under his executive leadership, both the station and the company flourished. WISC-TV […]

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  • John Schermerhorn

    John Schermerhorn

    John Schermerhorn (1928-1974) was a broadcasting pioneer beloved by audiences and clients as an on-air sports director, producer, host of a popular polka show, salesman and general manager. During his 25-year career he created television programming and promotions that rank among the highlights of Wisconsin broadcasting history. Schermerhorn’s on-air career […]

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New Hall of Fame Videos

  • Eddy Jason

    Eddy Jason

    In 1989, celebrated sixty eight years in the entertainment business and forty-two years on the “Pary Line” show at the same Green Bay station, WGEE, originally known as WTAQ. He made his radio broadcasting debut in 1932 and his career includes silent movies in 1920’s and live theatre barnstorming in […]

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  • Dr. Ruane Hill

    Dr. Ruane Hill

    His career spanned over 45 years as a radio station manager and communications professor. After his 1948 graduation from Beloit College he managed commercial radio stations in Massachusetts. He moved to academia in 1958 and served on the faculties of Beloit College, Syracuse University and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He […]

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  • Morgan Murphy

    Morgan Murphy

    A media pioneer who built his broadcast career on the foundations of a four state newspaper organization. He built radio stations WEBC, Superior, in 1924 and WEAU, Eau Claire, in 1937 and others in Hibbing and Virginia, Minnesota and Lafayette, Louisiana. The advent of television saw him building again at […]

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  • Jack Krueger

    Jack Krueger

    Journalism was the cornerstone of his 44 year career that began in 1935 as a copy boy and later for the Milwaukee Journal. He moved to broadcast journalism in 1938 as news editor at Journal’s radio station, WTMJ-AM. Over the next 41 years, Krueger developed and managed the WTMJ radio […]

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  • Ben Laird

    Ben Laird

    One of the founders and the first President of the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association in 1951. He began his fifty year broadcasting career as a sports announcer at WHBY, Appleton. Headed the Green Bay Broadcasting Company that included radio stations WDUZ AM/FM, Green Bay, WDUX AM/FM, Waupaca and stations in Menominee, […]

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  • Walter Damm

    Walter Damm

    A Wisconsin broadcast pioneer whose career began in 1922 with Milwaukee’s first radio station WAAK. Headed broadcast operations for the Milwaukee Journal Company for thirty-six years, putting Wisconsin’s first television station, WTMJ-TV, Milwaukee, on the air in 1947. He was the first President of the National Association of Broadcasters in […]

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  • Haydn Evans

    Haydn Evans

    Green Bay broadcasting pioneer who guided the fortunes of WTAQ (later WBAY and WGEE) radio for 28 years. He put Green Bay’s first television station, WBAY-TV, on the air in 1953 and later oversaw the development of a third sister station, WBAY-FM in 1960.

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  • John McCullough

    John McCullough

    A leading figure in Wisconsin broadcast journalism for over 30 years, McCullough was the major news anchor for WTMJ-TV, Milwaukee, from 1967 to 1988. During that time he covered the major events of the time, including five national political conventions, four presidential inaugurations and a papal visit to United States. […]

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  • William Forrest

    William Forrest

    An early Wisconsin broadcast pioneer whose first station’s call letters, WIBU, stood for “Wind Is Being Used” to note the windmills which generated electricity to run the station. After establishing WIBU in 1925, he also founded WWCF in Baraboo in 1948 and WRDB in Reedsburg in 1953.

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  • Earl Gillespie

    Earl Gillespie

    Earl Gillespie was the radio voice of the Milwaukee Braves throughout their time in Milwaukee from 1953 to 1965. During his 38 year career, he was also the radio voice of UW Badgers football, Marquette University football and basketball in the 1950ies and 1960ies. He was the first sports broadcaster inducted into the Wisconsin Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 1989. Read More

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  • Charles Hanson

    Charles Hanson

    A widely know personality who made his mark on Wisconsin radio over a 45 year career, he was especially noted for his 29 year tenure at WISN-AM, Milwaukee, where his easy warmth, ready wit and sidekick ‘Shaky’ were a morning drive time staple from 1956-86. His early broadcasting career included […]

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  • Larry Clark

    Larry Clark

    Clark, who died in 1992 at the age of 69, was a genuine Wisconsin television pioneer. He was not only the first television play-by-play sportscaster in Wisconsin – hired as such in 1947 by WTMJ-TV in Milwaukee while still a junior in college – he was the first to announce […]

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  • Arnie Strope

    Arnie Strope

    A 47-year veteran broadcaster, Arnie Stope spent his entire radio career at WFHR-AM, Wisconsin Rapids, beginning as unpaid trainee in May 1941. He served as a board engineer, operator, announcer, program director, community relations director, operations manager and assistant general manager. He was most widely known in his community for […]

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  • Ed Hinshaw

    Ed Hinshaw

    He began his 47 year broadcast career as a 15-year old high school freshman as an announcer at KXRA-AM, Alexandria, Minnesota in 1955. He followed that with stints at KCJB Radio & TV, Minot, KSTP Radio & TV, Minneapolis, WRC Radio & TV and the Voice of American, Washington D.C. […]

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  • Jim Irwin

    Jim Irwin

    Jim Irwin was best known as the radio voice for the Green Bay Packers from 1975-1998. During his 40 year career, he also served as the play-by-play announcer for UW Badger football from 1969 to 1990, and the Milwaukee Bucks from 1979 to 1990.  He was inducted into the Wisconsin Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 1994. Read More

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  • Gordon Hinkley

    Gordon Hinkley

    Gordon Hinkley is a 51-year veteran radio and TV personality, still going strong after 42 years at WTMJ-AM, Milwaukee. Hinkley first took to the airwaves in 1941 while still in high school in Wisconsin Rapids with his own weekly piano show on WFHR-AM. He continued his career on Armed Forces […]

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  • Bill Haig

    Bill Haig

    A major figure in sports radio broadcasting in Wisconsin, Haig began his career in advertising sales in 1954 at WFOX, Waukesha. He was subsequently involved in sales, sales management and general management at WRTI and WTMJ in Milwaukee, and he eventually served as general manager of WIGL-AM, Superior/Duluth, as well […]

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