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.
  • Tom Walker

    Tom Walker

    Thomas A. Walker took a unique path into broadcasting. He entered the industry not as an account executive or disc jockey, but as a chief financial officer with years of corporate experience. The Madison-based company he joined, Mid-West Family Broadcasting, had been founded by his grandfather and then owned by […]

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  • Sandra Shockley

    Sandra Shockley

    Sandra K. Shockley co-founded Shockley Communications Corporation in 1985 with her husband, Terry Shockley. She provided instrumental leadership as they built the company into one of Wisconsin’s signature broadcasting groups of the 1980s and 1990s. She headed the company’s radio division and served as executive vice president and director of […]

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  • Don Carmichael

    Don Carmichael

    Don Carmichael capped a long, successful and wide-ranging career in broadcasting by serving as president and general manager of WBAY-TV in Green Bay for more than two decades before retiring in 2014. Under his leadership, the station was known for its commitment to comprehensive and relevant local journalism, community engagement, […]

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  • Mike Sullivan

    Mike Sullivan

    Mike Sullivan worked in almost every aspect of radio broadcasting from DJ to Station Manager during his 44-year career, but he is best known for his deep commitment to local news and sports in the Eau Claire market. His enthusiastic work on the air and behind the scenes was instrumental […]

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  • Dr. Charles A. Culver

    Dr. Charles A. Culver

    Dr. Charles A. Culver (1875-1969) was Wisconsin’s first broadcasting pioneer. In 1907, Dr. Culver became chair of the physics department at Beloit College and immediately began wireless experiments at the college. The following year he sent a wireless signal from a campus rooftop in Beloit to a public library 15 […]

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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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  • Les Leonard

    Les Leonard

    As an employee of the Milwaukee Stockyards in 1953, Les Leonard began a career as one of Wisconsin’s pioneer farm broadcasters, broadcasting the Milwaukee Livestock Market Report part-time. He moved to doing that report full-time in 1955 and then in 1973. He became Farm Director for WISC-TV, Madison, and hosted […]

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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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