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.

Our Board and Staff

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President
Jake Timm

Coordinator
Oshkosh Media
920-236-5260
jtimm@ci.oshkosh.wi.us
Term Expires: 2020
Committees:
Membership (Fox Valley Region Coordinator)
Finance
Public Policy

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Vice-President
Andy Radig

Multimedia Director
Wisconsin Rapids Media Center
715-423-0441
aradig@wirapids.org
Term Expires: 2021
Committees:
Membership (Chair)

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Secretary
Jeff Robbins

Executive Director
Sun Prairie Media Center
608-837-4193
jrobbins@cityofsunprairie.com   
Term Expires:  2021
Committees:
Membership (Dane County Region Coordinator)
Communications & Resources

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Treasurer
Deb Brunett

Emeritus Member
Former Director of Merrill Productions

Term expires: 2020
Committees:
Finance (Chair)
Conferences (Chair)

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Alan Luckett

Station Manager
JATV Media Services
608-758-5823
aluckett@jatv.org
Term expires: 2022
Committees:
Public Policy
Conferences
Membership (Southern Region Coordinator)

Dave Grooman

Cable TV Operator / IT Specialist
Lake Mills Community and Government Television
920-648-2344
dgrooman@ci.lake-mills.wi.us
Term Expires: 2021
Southern Region Coordinator
Committees:
Communications & Resources (Chair)
Finance

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Boyce Johnson

Media Team Lead
Madison City Channel
608-266-6501
bjohnson@cityofmadison.com
Term Expires:2019
Committees:
Public Policy
Conferences

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John Kelly

Director
Trempealeau County Community TV
715-538-2311 x 309
johnke@tremplocounty.com
Term expires: 2020
Northern Region Coordinator
Committees:
Marketing (Chair)
Communications & Resources

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Tom Loucks

Multimedia Coordinator
Wisconsin Rapids Community Media
715-423-0441
tloucks@wirapids.org
Term Expires: 2020
Committees:
Public Policy (Chair)
Communications & Resources

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Tim Montgomery

Emeritus Member - Former community producer at River Falls Community Television
Term Expires:  2020
Committees:
WCM Program Fund (Chair)
Communications & Resources

 
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Padrick Dunn

Coordinator
West Bend Community Television
262-335-5157
dunnp@ci.west-bend.wi.us
Term Expires: 2022
Committees:
Membership (Milwaukee Area Coordinator)
Marketing

WCM Members on Committees

Kristin Mickelson
PR & Communications Manager
City of Whitewater/Whitewater Community tV
608-473-1387
kmickelson@whitewater-wi.gov
Marketing Subcommittee

David Bennett
Communications Specialist
Marshfield Media Access, City of Marshfied
715-486-2070
Marketing Subcommittee


Executive Director

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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.