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Badger Broadcasters to Gather in June

Elkhart Lake, Wis., is the place to be June 17–20

The Wisconsin Broadcasters Association is holding its summer get-together, the WBA Media Technology Institute, in a few weeks, June 17–20 at the Osthoff Resort in Elkhart Lake, Wis.

We’ve outlined the Summer Conference aspect, June 19–20. Additional details are now available.

The two opening days feature introductory material and sessions for young broadcasters on June 17 along with some engineering sessions concentrating on RF and antenna/tower fundamentals on June 18.

On June 20, the WBA will induct five new members into the Hall of Fame. Master of Ceremonies will be Tom Walker, president, Mid-West Family Broadcasting.

Radio is strongly represented in the inductees list. At age 90, Karl Schmidt is no doubt the oldest. He’s also still broadcasting — a Wisconsin broadcasting record 72 years. Besides his voice work he is known for his programming and leadership skills. He served on the founding for National Public Radio and has won two Peabody Awards and an Armstrong Award.

The late William T. Evjue founded newspapers but he also launched the first successful Wisconsin commercial radio station in 1925, the influential WIBA(AM).

Scott M. Trentadue made his mark as a news reporter, sales manager and executive, His greatest claim maybe the syndicated programming he developed and expanded with the Goetz Group and others. It ranged from farm news to sports coverage to regional news. He is a former WBA president as well and still serves on the WBA Foundation board.

Bill Vancil worked for Mid-West Family Broadcasting as an EVP along with station PD and GM. He made his biggest splash with WISM(AM/FM).

Outdoorsman Dave Carlson is said to be well-known to Wisconsin’s hunters, fisherman and lovers of the great outdoors for his decades of outdoor programming work with WEAU(TV), WQOW(TV) and WXOW(TV). Carlson has produced over 1,500 half-hour programs and authored three books on the outdoors.