Tom Koser

Tom Koser is an exemplary model of a local broadcaster who is dedicated to his local roots and committed to community service through broadcasting. Koser has made numerous contributions to broadcasting as an industry as a station owner and as a highly engaged member of the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association where he served on the Board of Directors and as WBA Chair.

Koser started his career in 1981 as an account executive at WISM-AM/FM in Madison for Mid-West Family Broadcasting after graduating from the UW-Platteville Broadcast Management program. He served the company for eight years as a general sales manager and general manager for stations in Illinois before starting Koser Radio Group in 1988. Koser first purchased WJMC-AM/FM in Rice Lake, and then built a 14 station group in Hayward, Rhinelander, and Escanaba/Marquette, Michigan. He owns and operates six stations in his home area of Rice Lake and Hayward. He serves on numerous boards and formed the Rice Lake Celebrity Charity Classic organization that raises more than $100,000 a year for local youth organizations.

Koser has established a tradition of excellence and effectiveness that he will pass to the next generation.


  1. Congrats!

  2. Sonja Wilson

    This is such a well deserved award. Congratulations Tom. You really have made such a difference in this community!

  3. Rex Hansen

    “HUH!” Mark Torgeson would be proud! Heck, we’re all proud of you Tommy! Who knew you were HOF bound when we all started as rookie AEs in Madison in the early 80’s? Congrats on your recognition. You’ve built the radio group you dreamed of. What an accomplishment! All the best to you old friend.

  4. Dale Ganske

    Great guy! Well deserved. It’s difficult to be liked as an “owner”, but you are!

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