Harold Engel

engelA Wisconsin public broadcasting pioneer, Harold Engel’s career at WHA-AM and the University of Wisconsin-Madison spanned 1931-68. In 1933, he conceived and developed the Wisconsin College of the Air as a post-high school educational opportunity. In the mid 1930’s he created the first successful political broadcasting model, “The Political Education Forum” which provided free campaign air time to candidates for state office on an equal time basis. From 1946-57, he guided the building of Wisconsin’s public broadcasting FM network. He twice served as President of the National Association of Educational Broadcasters, in 1941-42 and in 1946-48. Prof. Engel died in 1985.

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  1. Jaye Alderson

    Harold Engel is an alumnus of Ripon College. I am gathering materials for publication in our magazine of prominent alumni. Do you have a high-resolution copy of this photo of Harold Engel that I can use in our magazine?

    Thank you for your assistance.

    Jaye M. Alderson

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