Wisconsin Broadcasters Offers Broadcast Engineering Grants

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Madison, WI - Oct 15, 2008 - Recognizing a need in broadcasting, the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association (WBA) and the WBA Foundation have launched a program to encourage people to seek technical careers in broadcasting. The programs are designed to develop such talent throughout Wisconsin by initiating Engineering Internships at stations.

This program will connect future engineers to Wisconsin broadcasters by funding a summer engineering intern position. Initially, up to 10 grants at $2,500 for a two-month internship will be awarded to cover internship stipend and expenses. Internships are to run from June 15 to Aug. 15, 2009.

To participate, stations must apply to the WBA and agree that the intern will be assigned exclusively to the engineering/technical services department. A checklist of basic skills to be taught to the intern will be determined by the station and presented to the WBA to aid in selection of candidates. The WBA Foundation Board will assess applications and match selected stations with potential intern candidates As part of the WBA's Assistance Action Plan for EEO compliance, this program may be used as EEO credit, as a non-vacancy specific outreach initiative.

The WBA has also launched a program to promote ongoing education for those currently employed in broadcast engineering. The WBA and the WBA Foundation will offer engineering fellowship grants to provide a stipend for senior broadcast engineers serving Wisconsin member stations. Broadcast engineers will apply directly to the WBA.

The WBA Foundation will award five $1,000 grants statewide. These grants are to be used for continuing engineering education such as courses in information technology/networking, engineering leadership/management, electrical engineering/transmission courses, or other new technology training. The grants are not to be used for trade shows but for enrollment in continuing education courses, post-secondary education courses or factory training on broadcast equipment. Travel expenses may be covered by grant monies.

Information on these initiatives is available through the WBA website at www.wi-broadcasters.org or by contacting Linda Baun at 800-236-1922 or lbaun@wi-broadcasters.org.

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