Ed Hutchings

hutchingsEd 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 KSUI-FM, KXIV Radio and KCRG Radio. After graduating with a degree in speech and journalism, he left the Golden Age of Radio for the new medium of television. In 1956, he began a 17-year career with WKBT-TV in La Crosse, where he rose through the ranks to manage the station with an emphasis on community leadership. In 1973 he became station manager at WEAU-TV in Eau Claire and later managed stations in Texas and Minnesota. After retiring in 1986 Hutchings purchased Trans America School of Broadcasting and re-branded it as Madison Media Institute. Hutchings helmed MMI for more than two decades and developed it into one of the nation’s leading colleges for media, technology and broadcasting.

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