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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

Ryan VanLanduyt
Director
Rice Lake Community Television
715-234-8077
director@ricelaketv.com
Term expires: 2018
Committees: Finance

Vice-President
Jeff Robbins
Executive Director
Sun Prairie Media Center
608-837-4193
jrobbins@cityofsunprairie.com      
Term Expires:  2018
Committees: Conferences, Communications and Resources

Jeff Robbins

Secretary
John Kelly
Director
Trempealeau County Community TV
715-538-2311 x 309
johnke@tremplocounty.com
Term expires: 2017
Committees: Membership (Northern Coordinator); Public Policy

John Kelly

Treasurer
Deb Brunett
Director, Merrill Productions
Merrill Area Public Schools
715-536-4594 x 3108
deb.brunett@maps.k12.wi.us
Term expires: 2017
Committees: Finance (Chair), Conferences (Chair)

BOARD MEMBERS

Tina Breeze Wahlers

Office Manager
JATV Media Services
608-758-5823
tina98.jatv@gmail.com
Term Expires: 2019
Committees:  Conferences

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Jeremy Crosby
Director
Fitchburg FACTv
608-270-4225
jeremy.crosby@fitchburgwi.gov
Term Expires: 2017
Committees: Membership (chair) Dane County Coordinator, and
Communications and Resources

 Jeremy Crosby

Gary Kaiser
Station Manager
Plymouth Community TV
920-893-0006
studio@plymouthtv.org
Term Expires: 2018
Committees: Communications & Resources

Gary Kaiser

Alan Luckett
Station Manager

JATV Media Services
608.758.5823
alan@whitewatertv.org
Term expires: 2019
Committees: Public Policy (co-chair), Membership (Southern Coordinator)

Mike Ryan
Community TV Coordinator
West Bend Community Television
262-335-5157
ryanm@ci.west-bend.wi.us
Term Expires: 
Public Policy (co-chair), Membership (Milwaukee Area Region Coordinator)

Breanna Butler
Coordinator
Marshfield Community Television
715-207-0379
breanna@marshfieldtv.com
Term Expires: 2017
Committees: Communications & Resources and Conferences

 

Breanna Speth

Derek Westby
Communications Manager & IT Operations Specialist
City of Stoughton - WSTO TV
608-646-0435
derek@wsto.tv
Term Expires:  2019
Committees: Communications & Resources (Chair) and Conferences

 Derek Westby

MEMBERS ON STANDING COMMITTEES

Emily Makowski - Fox Valley Region Coordinator
Oshkosh Media
920-236-5260
emakowski@ci.oshkosh.wi.us

 
Eric Redding - Public Policy Committee
WMCF McFarland
608-838-6717
eric.redding@mcfarland.wi.us
 

Galen Lingl  - Finance Committee
Mauston Channel 6
608-847-4410
channel6@mauston.com

 

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Mary Cardona
608-215-5594
exec@wisconsincommunitymedia.com

 

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.