Wisconsin Broadcasters Association: Four broadcasters to be inducted into WBA Hall of Fame

Four others to be named Local Broadcast Legends
2019 Hall of Fame Inductees: Clif Groth, Dean Maytag, David L. Nelson, and Fannie Mason Steve
April 16, 2019
For Immediate Release
Contact: Michelle Vetterkind, President & CEO
The Wisconsin Broadcasters Association Foundation is proud to announce the 2019 Class of the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame:
·        Clif Groth, a broadcast engineer whose career has earned him a reputation for dedication,
·        Dean Maytag, a passionate broadcaster dedicated to mentoring and community service,
·        David L. Nelson (1921-2017), who had a long and influential career in broadcasting, and
·        Fannie Mason Steve (1877-1969), an educator who touched countless lives over the radio.
The Wisconsin Broadcasters Hall of Fame was created in 1989 to honor broadcasters that have devoted a minimum of 15 years to the broadcasting industry including a minimum of 10 years as a Wisconsin broadcaster. The award recognizes an individual’s history of exemplary leadership in community and statewide service as a broadcast professional. The Hall of Fame is housed at the Hilton Milwaukee City Center and at the WBA Hall of Fame website: www.wisconsinbroadcastingmuseum.org.
With this year’s inductees, the WBA Hall of Fame membership roll grows to 148 members. The 2019 Class will be inducted in ceremonies on the evening of June 13 at the WBA Summer Conference at the Osthoff Resort in Elkhart Lake.
The Wisconsin Broadcasters Association is also recognizing four Local Broadcast Legends:
·        Jerry Burke, a reporter with a great reputation and a long list of trusted contacts to match it,
·        Duff Damos, known for his deep voice, dedication to radio, and devotion to his audience,
·        Glen Moberg, whose long career demonstrated his commitment to the ideals of journalism, and,
·        Marshall Shapiro (1938-2012), a Madison broadcasting icon committed to community service.
The Local Broadcast Legends Award is a great honor and recognition for individuals who work behind the scenes and within their communities fulfilling the commitment broadcasters have made to serve their local communities. They are individuals who exemplify localism. This award is a means to extend recognition of these individuals beyond their local communities.
The Local Broadcast Legends will be recognized on June 13 at the WBA Summer Conference luncheon at the Osthoff Resort in Elkhart Lake.
The biographies of this year’s Hall of Fame inductees and Local Broadcast Legends are below:
2019 WBA Hall of Fame Inductees
Clif Groth
Clif Groth’s engineering expertise has touched countless radio stations throughout Wisconsin and the Midwest. For 60 years, he has dedicated himself to building and rebuilding radio studios and towers and establishing a reputation as a dependable, dedicated, and well-respected broadcast engineer.
Clif showed an interest in broadcasting at an early age and took his first engineering job in 1958 at WTTN in Watertown before he graduated from high school. In 1965 he started his own contract engineering business named Broadcast Electronic Service, which was later sold to Goetz Broadcasting. He was instrumental in the development of the Goetz Farm Radio Network and the statewide network for Marathon Sports.
Clif served numerous employers during his career while constantly demonstrating his commitment to the broader industry. Clif served on the WBA Broadcasters Clinic Committee for 20 years and has been an SBE member for 40 years. He is recognized for keeping himself relevant through constant training throughout his career. As a member of the engineering community, Clif has always been quick to loan services or equipment to help an engineer, even if it’s a competitor. His peers say he’s “always there.”
Dean Maytag
Dean Maytag is passionate about broadcasting and has been dedicated to television, local programming, mentoring, and community service in Wisconsin.
Dean started his career working at television stations in Iowa and Illinois before coming to WTMJ-TV in Milwaukee in 1978 as production manager and has remained in southeast Wisconsin. At WTMJ-TV, he created “On-line Video,” one of the largest video production facilities in the state.
In 1988, Dean moved to WISN-TV as Director of Broadcast Operations. Under his direction WISN-TV produced over 500 local specials, including live debates, public affairs programming documentaries, and news specials. He won several Emmy Awards and numerous commendations for his service to the Milwaukee community. May 10, 2014 was declared “Dean Maytag Day” in Milwaukee.
Dean retired in 2014, but remains involved in broadcasting producing “Project PitchIt” a statewide TV program inspiring entrepreneurship in Wisconsin.
Dean served the WBA as Chairman of the Board in 2013 and continues his involvement with work in education, mentoring, and the WBA Awards. He was instrumental in creating the original concept for the WBA to promote Wisconsin Honor Flights.
His peers describe Dean as a consummate professional with a great love of broadcasting.
David L. Nelson
David L. Nelson (1921-2017) was a well-respected leader whose dedication led to a long and influential career in broadcasting.
From 1953-1962 David was employed by both the Green Bay Newspaper Company and Post Corporation of Appleton where he served as CFO and as a director of both corporations. When the companies parted in 1962, David devoted his interests solely to Post Corporation. There he served as a director and COO and CFO until 1984 when the corporation was sold. David was executive vice president and COO when the firm was sold.
In 1984 David purchased radio stations in Eau Claire and subsequently purchased radio stations in Missouri, Iowa, and North Dakota. He also bought television stations in Green Bay, Eau Claire; Marquette, Michigan; and Rochester, New York.
David never retired. He had ownership in Holiday Travel Service of Eau Claire and Winnebago Color Press in Menasha. He served as an officer and director of these firms until his death.
David is described as a strong, tough, and caring leader. He had high standards, wouldn’t take shortcuts, and had a loyal group of people who worked for him.
His dedication to his community culminated in a $100 million gift from his estate to Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region.
Fannie Mason Steve
Fannie Mason Steve (1877-1969) was a teacher, musician, mentor, and tireless advocate for the joys of exercise and life. At the age of 55, after decades as a classroom teacher, Fannie launched a pioneering broadcast career focused on early childhood education. She spent 35 years teaching music and physical education on WHA’s School of the Air, engaging young listeners with just the sound of her voice and a piano.
Fannie grew up in a musical family and started as a teacher in Madison public schools. In 1931 she joined WHA and launched “Rhythm and Games.” The show featured music and activities to inspire imagination, healthy habits, and group spirit. She had a radiant voice that captivated her young listeners.
“Rhythm and Games” was heard by more than 60,000 children each week and was also later broadcast on WHA-TV. She was also an advocate of women’s rights saying, “a chance to live her own life – which infers a chance to do as she wishes – is the right of every woman.”
Fannie received numerous awards including the 1962 McCall’s Golden Mike Award for “outstanding service to the youth of America.” She retired in 1966 at the age of 90.
2019 Local Broadcast Legends
Jerry Burke
It’s been said that there is no reporter in the history of the Fox Valley with more local contacts and sources than Jerry Burke.
Jerry spent 34 years of his career at WBAY-TV in Green Bay, mostly spent as Valley News Bureau Chief supervising newsrooms in Oshkosh and Appleton.
During his career, he earned a reputation for always getting the story right the first time. It’s this dedication to accuracy that built Jerry’s trust with his audience and his sources and earned him the respect of the community.
This respect was demonstrated at his retirement party which was the most attended retirement party in WBAY’s history and included local officials, judges, and more than 40 members of law enforcement.
Retired WBAY assignment manager Jim Dillion said of Jerry, “I can’t think of anyone I respect as a reporter more than Jerry Burke.”
Jerry is described as the perfect mentor for new reporters and shared his expertise while teaching at UW-Oshkosh.
Jerry is an ambassador for the community and has spent 50 years working at EAA AirVenture fly-in in Oshkosh. He also covered the huge event every year he worked at WBAY.
Jerry’s dedication to community and fidelity to journalism will leave a lasting legacy in the Fox Valley.
Duff Damos
Duff Damos is known in the Wisconsin Northwoods for his deep voice, his dedication to radio, and his devotion to his audience.
Duff has had a long career in radio, as PD and hosting mornings on WIFC in Wausau for 17 years, hosting afternoons on WHDG in Rhinelander, and for the last 17 years hosting afternoons on WRLO, Antigo. He is also operations manager for the NRG Media 6-station Northwoods cluster.
Duff also has been involved with WHDG for 17 years at the enormous Hodag Country Festival. He’s involved in local charity events like the Minocqua Chill Out which is an annual fundraiser for Children’s Miracle Network, which has raised $250,000 over 11 years.
His peers describe him as “meticulous, caring, and dedicated to his job, his staff, his listeners, and our communities.”
NRG Market Manager Shane Sparks wrote, “Dedicated to his craft and his listeners, Duff has been a leader not only in the workplace but in his local communities by sharing this time and talents.”
His influence is demonstrated by the number of listeners who approach him or stop by the station unannounced to see him.
Duff has been a prominent voice in Wisconsin’s Northwoods for more than 40 years.
Glen Moberg
Glen Moberg embodied the ideals of local journalism during his almost 50-year career.
Glen moved to Wausau from Chicago in 1993 to serve as news director and anchor at WSAW-TV and later assignment manager for WAOW-TV. In 2003, he joined Wisconsin Public Radio as a reporter and talk show host.
Before that, he served as a network correspondent for WFLD-TV Fox News Chicago. He also created and led a cable television news department that served 10 communities in Chicago’s western suburbs.
Glen took special interest in issues affecting the community, the environment, and civil rights.
In 2004 he co-created and hosted “Route 51,” putting a spotlight on regional issues and personalities. He produced and moderated numerous forums for local and statewide elections, including two U.S. Senate debates.
Glen served on influential boards of directors and emceed local events. He received more than 40 broadcast journalism awards at Wisconsin Public Radio. The people he hired and mentored are still serving the public in their own successful careers.
Glen retired in February as he fights cancer. WPR Director Mike Crane wrote that Glen has “shown not only courage and conviction, but in his inimitable way, he ‘lives his life in front of us,’ openly sharing what he’s fighting, and how he’s choosing to live.”
Marshall Shapiro
Marshall (Marsh) Shapiro (1938-2012) is a Madison broadcasting icon whose engaging personality took him from a beloved kids show host to a well-respected sports authority.
Apart from three years of service in the Navy, Marshall lived his entire life in Madison. In 1964 he started hosting the WKOW-TV afternoon kids’ show “Cartoon Corral” as Marshall the Marshall. The show was also carried by WAOW-TV in Wausau. Thousands of children and guests appeared on the show during its run until 1968. He got into the community, attending company picnics, fairs, birthday parties, parades, and other special events.
Marshall turned his career toward sports, joining the WKOW sports department and serving as sports director. He got a reputation for cultivating deep sources on the sports beat.
From 1975 to the mid-80s he anchored WKOW-TV statewide telecasts of the WIAA basketball, swimming, and wrestling tournaments. He also did play-by-play for Badger football, basketball, and wrestling.
Marshall emceed WKOW’s local segments of the Muscular Dystrophy telethons and hosted the events Special Olympics in Stevens Point from 1983 to 1991.
Marshall served on numerous community boards and from 1968 to 2010 and also owned and operated the Nitty Gritty Restaurant and Bar.
Former employer Terry Shockley said Marshall was, “Dedicated to his profession of broadcasting while very tenacious in all respects.”
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