Gateway’s WGTD FM Wins Big at Wisconsin Broadcasters Association Awards Gala

MIDDLETON — On May 7, the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association (WBA) hosted its first in-person awards gala after two years of virtual events. WGTD FM, owned by Gateway Technical College, won eight awards in seven categories at the gala.

The awards ceremony took place at the Madison Marriott West in Middleton. More than 340 people attended, according to the WBA’s website.

“The WBA Awards of Excellence showcase the best that Wisconsin radio and television stations have to offer, including their tremendous service to their communities,” said WBA President and CEO. WBA, Michelle Vetterkind. “They certainly have something to be proud of.”

Dave Cole, General Manager of WGTD FM, is among the proud.

“These awards reflect in part WGTD’s ongoing commitment to public service and our desire to support local arts as much as possible,” said Cole. “They are also a testament to the talent, dedication and experience of our staff.”

WGTD FM Awards, Mid-Market Radio Music Format

First Place Prize

  • Best Original Feature: “Noon Toons” with Dave McGrath – “Classical music station finds way to support local musicians of all persuasions”
  • Best Remote Onsite Live Stream: WGTD FM Radio Theater – “2021 WGTD Radio Theater Holiday Extravaganza Live from Lake Lawn Resort”
  • Best Use of Audio (Non-News): WGTD FM Radio Theater – “2021 Cartoon Mashup: Wanted, A Kingdom”
  • Best Original Digital Content: “Inside the Rittenhouse Trial” podcast with Troy McDonald and Kenosha criminal defense attorney Robert Sfasciotti

Second place awards

  • Best Interview: “The Morning Show” with Greg Berg – “Local Musical Connection to Biden’s Inauguration”
  • Best Original Feature: WGTD FM Radio Theater – “The 17th Season of WGTD Radio Theater”

Third Place Award

  • Best Significant Community Impact: “Inside the Rittenhouse Trial” podcast with Troy McDonald and Kenosha criminal defense attorney Robert Sfasciotti
  • Best Specialty Programming: WGTD FM Radio Theater – “Eleanor R.: The First Lady of the World”

For the complete list of winners, click here.


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