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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Charles Dickoff

    Charles Dickoff

    His 40-career began with a 21 year stint with what became the Mid-West Family group of stations for whom he put WBEV, Beaver Dam, on the air in 1951. He later acquired WEAQ-WIAL, Eau Claire, managing them for 30 years. Keenly aware of the public affairs responsibilities of broadcasters, he […]

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  • George Frechette

    George Frechette

    General Manager of WFHR-AM, Wisconsin Rapids, from 1940-63, who made perhaps his biggest contribution to the development of broadcasting in Wisconsin as a co-founder and later manager of the Wisconsin Network, a sports, news and information service for an original network of nine radio stations. He brought television to Central […]

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  • Nathan Goetz

    Nathan Goetz

    As its President, he built the Goetz Broadcasting Corporation from a single station, KMAQ, Maquoketa, Iowa, in 1956-58 to 12 stations in 1990 in Wisconsin, Illinois and Michigan, including WFAW-WSJY, Fort Atkinson, WDLB-WLJY, Marshfield, WRDB-WNFM, Reedsburg, WQJY-FM, La Crosse. He served his industry as Treasure of the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association […]

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  • Charles Hanson

    Charles Hanson

    A widely known 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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  • William E. Walker

    William E. Walker

    A radio pioneer who secured his place in Wisconsin broadcasting history building the first radio stations in Wausau (WSAU-1937), Marinette (WMAM-1939), and Beaver Dam (WBEV-1951). He later added WEAQ, Eau Claire, WISM, Madison and WOSH, Oshkosh to what has since become known as the Mid-West Family Stations. In his early […]

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