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  • Edward Allen Jr

    Edward Allen Jr

    A veteran radio broadcaster of over 60 years, Ed Allen began his career as an announcer in 1930. An announcer, newscaster and emcee, Allen served stints with WIND, WGN and WMAQ radio in Chicago for 20 years, leaving in 1951 to build his own station, WDOR-AM in Sturgeon Bay.  WDOR-FM […]

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  • Jack Baker

    Jack Baker

    Wisconsin broadcasting’s “Chief Announcer” had a 57 year career in radio broadcasting beginning on Racine’s WRJN while he was in high school in1945. His early career was spent at WRJN, WEXT, Milwaukee and WKOW, Madison, while attending the UW-Madison. In 1957 he returned to Milwaukee, first at WRIT and then […]

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  • Bob Barry

    Bob Barry

    A legendary rock-n-roll disc jockey, Barry enjoyed a near 30-year career on Milwaukee’s radio dial at WOKY-AM, WEMP-AM, WISN-AM and WZTR-FM. During the mid-1960’s when the Beatles dominated rock-n-roll and he was the dominant rock-n-roll DJ in Milwaukee at WOKY, he became known as “Beatle Bob” after he was featured […]

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  • Gerald Bartell

    Gerald Bartell

    He left a career as a University of Wisconsin Professor in 1947 and built a family broadcasting business into one of the nation’s largest broadcasting and publishing giants, Bartell Media Corporation between 1947 and 1968. In the process he built, acquired or developed 16 broadcast properties around the country including […]

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  • Rosa Bartell Evans

    Rosa Bartell Evans

    In a career that began at WHA radio in Madison in 1939, Evans devoted more than 50 years to the broadcast industry. A native of Milwaukee, her early career included work as a vocal soloist, songwriter and program producer for Madison’s WHA Radio along with a stint on Arthur Godfrey’s […]

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  • Terrence Baun, CPBE

    Terrence Baun, CPBE

    His 35-plus year broadcast engineering career began in 1967 at Milwaukee’s classical music station, WFMR-FM. After 10 years, he began a series of moves into corporate engineering, while also forming his own consulting firm, Criterion Broadcast Services, in Milwaukee. Through the years he worked for Sudbrink Broadcasting, Multimedia Broadcasting and […]

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  • Greg Bell

    Greg Bell

    After graduating from the Brown Institute, he began his career as a copywriter/announcer at KQAQ radio, Austin, Minnesota in 1972. He moved to Wisconsin and WDOR radio, Sturgeon Bay in 1974, where he began a twenty year stint in radio sales and sales management. In 1978, he moved to WIZM-AM/FM […]

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  • Ken Beno

    Ken Beno

    Ken Beno is dedicated to sharing his passion for broadcasting with high school and college students in the state and beyond. His career has enriched the broadcasting industry in Wisconsin and forged a path to state, regional and national broadcasting careers for many of his students. As chair of the […]

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  • Sidney Bliss

    Sidney Bliss

    A pioneer broadcaster who started with a wireless station in Kenosha in 1914 and built a broadcasting-publishing career that spanned over 50 years. He built WCLO-AM (1930) and WCLO-FM (1947) in Janesville and WGEZ (1948), Beloit. He became co-publisher and President of the Janesville Gazette Printing Company and Southern Wisconsin […]

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  • Robert Bodden

    Robert Bodden

    In a career that stretched over 50 years, Bob Bodden was an announcer, newscaster, general manager and station owner, and industry leader. He began his career at WISN-AM, Milwaukee, in 1941 and later built stations WRCO-AM, Richland Center (1949), WSWW-AM/FM, Platteville (1955) and WMIR-AM, Lake Geneva (1964), managing the Platteville […]

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  • Tom Bolger

    Tom Bolger

    A broadcast leader whose career with Wisconsin based Forward Communications Corporations, parent of six television and ten radio stations, spanned 30 years. He was President and General Manager of WMTV, Madison, 1963-1980, Forward’s Chief Operating Officer, 1980-84 and Chief Executive, 1984-85. He was Joint Board Chairman of National Association of […]

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  • Don Borchert

    Don Borchert

    His broadcast engineering career spanned six decades and began with fourteen years, starting in 1950, serving Lee Broadcasting stations in Minnesota, Iowa and WKTY radio in La Crosse. He spent four years with RCA Broadcast in Chicago before becoming Director of Engineering for WHA Radio & TV in Madison in […]

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  • Ronald Bornstein

    Ronald Bornstein

    A longtime Wisconsin and national public broadcasting figure, Ron Bornstein was Director of Telecommunications for the UW-Extension, managing WHA radio and television from 1967 until 1984. In 1980-81, Bornstein served as Vice President for Telecommunications for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. In 1983, he became known to many as the […]

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  • Bob Bosold

    Bob Bosold

    The Voice of Agriculture in Western and Central Wisconsin, he built a career of over 30 years in radio broadcasting on a single focus: serving the rural, agricultural community with energy and dedication. He began his career as a student intern and part-time host on Wisconsin Public Radio in 1974. […]

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  • Irene Buri Nelson

    Irene Buri Nelson

    In 1991, celebrated 44 years of conducting interviews, dispensing consumer and fashion news, and highlighting community events on WLIP-AM, Kenosha. Signing on the day the stations debuted, she became known for such shows as “Around the Town”, “Kenosha Cooks”, “The Stork Club” and “Something Special”. She is the only remaining […]

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  • Larry Busse

    Larry Busse

    His broadcast career began in 1961 as Farm Director at WBAY-TV, Green Bay. In 1965, he joined the sales department of WLUK-TV, Green Bay, starting a 19 year tenure with the Post Corporation. During that time, he managed Post Corporation television stations in Marquette, Michigan, Rochester, New York, and WLUK-TV […]

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  • Tommy Lee Bychinski

    Tommy Lee Bychinski

    “Mr. Radio” in Reedsburg, Tommy Lee had a 44-year career in radio built on a strong foundation of community service and involvement. After attending Brown Institute, he began his career in 1964 at WIGM radio in Medford and after 2 years began his 33-year run with Goetz Broadcasting. For Goetz […]

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  • Dave Carlson

    Dave Carlson

    Dave Carlson has reported outdoor news on Wisconsin television for 32 years and is the face of hunting, fishing and conservation journalism for generations of Wisconsinites. From 1981 to 2000, he was the host of a popular weekly half-hour program, Northland Journal, which aired on WEAU-TV in Eau Claire. In […]

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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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  • Leonard Charles

    Leonard Charles

    Leonard Charles is one of the greatest contributors to the advancement of local, state and national broadcast engineering. During his remarkable career, Charles helped lead the television industry through rapid changes in technology and his contributions have made the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association a national leader in broadcast engineering. He serves […]

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  • Walter John Chilsen

    Walter John Chilsen

    He began his career in radio and television broadcasting with WLIN radio, Merrill, in 1949. 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 […]

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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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  • George Comte

    George Comte

    Wisconsin broadcast pioneer whose radio and television career spanned 40 years, 1935-75, with WTMJ, Milwaukee. In his early years he hosted numerous public affairs and variety programs on WTMJ. From 1950-56 he served in several management capacities at WTMJ and in 1958 he was named general manager of WTMJ broadcast […]

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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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