Susan Knaack

knaackHer 38 year career in radio broadcasting began in Oshkosh with stints at WAGO and WMKC from 1971-77 where she was a talk show hostess, copy writer, sales assistant and traffic director. In 1977 she moved to Woodward Communications’ WHBY/WAPL, Appleton, as Creative Services Director. She moved into sales in 1980, became Sales Manager in 1982 and General Manager in 1984. In 1989 she became Vice President of Broadcast for Woodward, expanding the company’s holdings from 4 to 9 stations in three markets in Iowa and Wisconsin. During her broadcast tenure in Appleton, she also served as an instructor in the Communications Department of the Fox Valley Technical College. She served 8 years on the Board Directors of the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association and was its first woman Board Chair in 1993-94.

Susan Knaack passed away on August 26, 2020.


  1. Moonyean (Ihde) Smarzinski

    Congratulations Susan! While you and I rubbed elbows in Appleton I always considered you my mentor and inspiration. The video messages validated the true professional qualities I always admired in you. What a nice tribute. Warm regards, Moonyean Smarzinski, Hot Springs Village, Arkansas

  2. Nancy M Arndt

    Suzie, You will be missed by many. God bless you! Heaven awaits.

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