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 About Wisconsin Community Media 

Wisconsin Community Media's mission is to support community expression through media by serving the needs of Public, Education, and Government media center staff, community producers and volunteers.  We are a non-profit 501(c)(6) professional organization.

WCM believes it is important to keep media production and distribution facilities in the hands of communities, where "everyday" people can use them for the purposes they value without having to consider whether a message is commercially viable. 

We have five standing committees: Finance, Conferences, Public Policy, Membership, and Communications & Resources.

Committees are typically chaired by a member of the Board. Committee members may be any member of the organization, not only the member station's primary contact, but also associate members and emeritus members related to the member station. As a result, not only staff of community media centers may be involved, but also commission members, producers who are members of their station, and elected and appointed officials may serve on committees.

Friends may also serve on committees.

WCM Board and Staff

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BOARD OFFICERS

President
Alan Luckett
Station Manager

JATV Media Services
608-758-5823
[email protected]
Term expires: 2019
Committee Co-Chair:  Conferences
Committee Member: Public Policy, Finance

Vice-President

Jake Timm
Coordinator
Oshkosh Media
920-236-5260
[email protected]
Term Expires: 2020
Committee Chair:  Public Policy
Committee Member:  Communications & Resources, Conferences

Jake Timm

Secretary
Jeff Robbins

Executive Director
Sun Prairie Media Center
608-837-4193
[email protected]      
Term Expires:  2021
Committee Chair:  WCM Program Fund
Committee Member:  Conferences, LPFM Ad Hoc

Jeff Robbins

Treasurer
Deb Brunett
Director, Merrill Productions
Merrill Area Public Schools
715-536-4594 x 3108
[email protected]
Term expires: 2020
Committee Chair: Finance; Co-Chair:  Conferences

BOARD MEMBERS

John Kelly
Director
Trempealeau County Community TV
715-538-2311 x 309
[email protected]
Term expires: 2020
SubCommittee Chair:  Marketing
Northern Region Coordinator
Committee member:  WCM Program Fund

John Kelly

Tina Breeze Wahlers
Office Manager
JATV Media Services
608-758-5823
[email protected]
Term Expires: 2019
Committee Co-Chair: Communications & Resources
Committee Member:  Conferences, Conference Program Committee

 Tina Breee Wahlers

Andy Radig
Radio/TV/Film Engineer
UW Oshkosh - Titan TV
920-420-4056
[email protected]
Term Expires: 2021
Committee Member: Marketing, LPFM Ad Hoc

 Andy Radig
Boyce Johnson
Media Team Lead
Madison City Channel
608-266-6501
[email protected]
Term Expires:2019
Committee Member:  Public Policy, WCM Program Fund
 Boyce Johnson

Dave Grooman
Cable TV Operator / IT Specialist
Lake Mills Community and Government Television
920-648-2344
[email protected]
Term Expires: 2021
Southern Region Coordinator
Committee Member:  Communications & Resources

Tom Loucks
Multimedia Coordinator
Wisconsin Rapids Community Media
715-423-0441
[email protected]
Term Expires: 2020
Committee Chair:   Membership
Committee Member:  Communications & Resources

Tom Loucks

Derek Westby
Communications Manager & IT Operations Specialist
City of Stoughton - WSTO TV
608-646-0435
[email protected]
Term Expires:  2019
Committee Co-Chair: Communications & Resources
Committee Member:  Conferences, Conference Program Committee

 Derek Westby

WCM MEMBERS ON COMMITTEES

Jessie Austin
Assistant Multimedia Specialist
Wisconsin Rapids Community Media
715-423-0441
[email protected]
Marketing Subcommittee

 

Dave Ballerstein
Volunteer
Wisconsin Rapids Community Media
Communications & Resources Committee

 

Jeremy Crosby
Community Media Services Manager
Fitchburg FACT
608-270-4226
[email protected]
Dane County Region Coordinator

 

Galen Lingl
Director
Mauston Channel 6
608-847-4410
[email protected]
Finance Committee

 

Kristin Mickelson
PR & Communications Manager
City of Whitewater/Whitewater Community tV
608-473-1387
[email protected]
Marketing Subcommittee

 

Will Nimmow
Director
Monona Community Media
608-513-6160
[email protected]
LPFM Ad Hoc Committee

 

Heather Rigby
Outreach and Communications Coordinator
Valley Media Works, Eau Claire
715-839-5067
[email protected]
 Conferences Commitee

 

Jason Rimkus
Media Coordinator
Kenosha Community Media
262-656-8497
[email protected]
Milwaukee Region Coordinator

 

Emily Springstroh
Communications Coordinator
Oshkosh Media
920-236-5260
[email protected]
Marketing Subcommittee

 

Ryan VanLanduyt
Executive Director
Rice Lake Community Media
715-234-8077
[email protected]
LPFM Ad Hoc Committee Chair

 

Lisa Wolf
Production Manager
Sun Prairie Media Center
608-837-4193
[email protected]
Conference Program Committee; LPFM Ad Hoc Committee

 

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Mary Cardona
608-215-5594
[email protected]

 

History

WCM's history.  Wisconsin Community Media was formed in 1998 as the Wisconsin Association of PEG Channels (WAPC). WAPC's founders were managers of PEG centers around the state and they wanted to organize in order to share knowledge and hold professional development events.  They were also interested in showcasing what they were doing through a statewide video fest.  For the first eightyears, WAPC was managed by an all-volunteer board of directors.  In 2006, with 38 member stations, WAPC hired a part-time executive director.  

In 2007, WAPC's membership grew rapidly to 65 members when state legislation ending local franchising and decimating community media was introduced and heavily promoted by AT&T and the cable industry.  While WAPC was unable to stop passage, final language softened the effect of the legislation on PEG stations, even though it ended the collection of PEG fees from subscribers, a dedicated source of funding for community media.

In 2012, the WCM Board of Directors decided to open membership in WCM to individuals, businesses, and organizational supporters of community media.  As a result, WCM now offers   Friend memberships.  We also have a special membership category for the many people who have dedicated most of their career to facilitating access and are now retired.  Our member stations can nominate these special people to be Emeritus Members of WCM. 

Today WCM has over 50 members including local media centers, friends and independent producers.  Our members all produce video and use cable access channels, but nearly all of our members also distribute programming through the web and some of us operate low-power radio stations.