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  • Gordon Hinkley

    Gordon Hinkley

    Gordon Hinkley was a 51-year veteran radio and TV personality, spending 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 Radio while in […]

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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. In 1973, he became Farm Director for WISC-TV, Madison, and hosted that station’s […]

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  • Jack Stiehl

    Jack Stiehl

    The actual “builder” of the Wisconsin Public Radio as a network, Jack Stiehl enjoyed a 45-career (1931-76) as a UW engineering professor and public broadcasting engineer. After 15 years of pioneering engineering work with WHA-AM, he became the first Chief Engineer to the State Radio Council (forerunner to the Educational […]

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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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  • Don Wirth

    Don Wirth

    Don Wirth was an active broadcaster for 41 years, launching his career as an announcer while still in high school at Sheboygan’s WHBL-AM. His early career was spent as an announcer at a number of Wisconsin stations including WOMT-AM, Manitowoc, WIBU-AM, Beaver Dam, WIBA-AM, Madison, WTMJ-AM/FM, Milwaukee, and WMAM-AM, Marinette. […]

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