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Wisconsin Broadcasters Association honors longtime local broadcaster

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WAUSAU – The Wisconsin Broadcasters Association honored longtime broadcaster Glen Moberg with the Local Broadcast Legends award at its annual summer conference in June.

The WBA created the award in 2015 to recognize local broadcasters for their work on the air, as well as their work on behalf of the communities they serve.

“Glen embodied the ideals of local journalism during his almost 50-year career,” said WBA President/CEO Michelle Vetterkind in a news release

Moberg moved to Wausau from Chicago in 1993 to serve as news director and anchor at WSAW-TV. He was later assignment manager for WAOW-TV. In 2003, he joined Wisconsin Public Radio as a reporter and talk show host. Before that, he served as a network correspondent for WFLD-TV Fox News Chicago. He also created and led a cable television news department that served 10 communities in Chicago’s western suburbs.

In 2004, he co-created and hosted “Route 51,” putting a spotlight on regional issues and personalities. He produced and moderated numerous forums for local and statewide elections, including two U.S. Senate debates.

Moberg served on influential boards of directors and emceed local events. He received more than 40 broadcast journalism awards while he was at WPR, according to the release. The people he hired and mentored are still serving the public in their own successful careers.

Moberg’s battle with cancer triggered his retirement in February. In nominating him for the award, WPR Director Mike Crane said, “Glen has shown not only courage and conviction, but in his inimitable way, he lives his life in front of us, openly sharing what he’s fighting, and how he’s choosing to live.”

The WBA also inducted pioneering broadcaster Fannie Mason Steve into its Hall of Fame, honoring her 35 years of teaching children music and physical education from 1931-1966 on WHA’s “Rhythm and Games.”

Photo courtesy Wisconsin Public Radio. Glen Moberg, left, and Michelle Vetterkind. 

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