Friend of Access Awards

Each year, Wisconsin Community Media honors one or more people who have done outstanding work to ensure local voices continue to be heard in Wisconsin. 

2019 Award Recipient: Milt Van Natta, Wisconsin Rapids

"In recognition of your work to preserve the true democratic voice of the community -
Public, Education, and Government Access Television."

Milt Van Natta   WRMC volunteer

Milt Van Natta
WRMC volunteer

In nominating you for this award, former Wisconsin Rapids Multimedia Coordinator Tom Loucks said, “Milt is an amazing volunteer for the Wisconsin Rapids public access station.  He is one of the most passionate and caring people I have ever met.  He has dedicated countless hours for more than 30 years to the Wisconsin Rapids PEG access center as a producer, videographer, sports commentator and studio show host.”  - WCM Letter to Milt on his selection for the FOA Award

When asked why he volunteers, he said, "I enjoy it personally, but I also feel like I'm contributing to the community. I also think that the concept of having a cable access station is healthy for the community. You get local sports and politics, etc. It's an outlet for residents and serves the well-being of the community." Volunteer Spotlight: Meet Milt Van Natta, Wisconsin Rapids Tribune

Past Award Recipients

Al Reinhart - Algoma Community Television
Letter to Al
Mary Ann Wold - Valley Media Works, Eau Claire, Wisconsin
Letter to Mary Ann
James Wyngaard - WSTO TV, Stoughton, Wisconsin/ Sun Prairie Media Center, Sun Prairie, Wisconsin / WMCF - McFarland, Wisconsin
Letter to James

2017
League of Wisconsin Municipalities
Letter to the League

2016
Olin Fimreite
Trempealeau County Community Television
Letter to Olin

2015
Joe Eckberg
Camera Corner - Green Bay
Letter to Joe
Wes Dixon
Key West - Lenexa, Kansas
Letter to Wes
Dave Leighton
Leightronix - Holt, Michigan
Letter to Dave

2014 
Most Reverend John Charles Wester
Bishop of Salt Lake City and the Chairman of the U. S. Council of Catholic Bishops  
Letter to the Bishop
Bunnie Riedel
Executive Director American Community Television
Letter to Bunnie

2013   
Sue Buske
The Buske Group
Buske Letter

2012   
U. S. Representative Tammy Baldwin
Rep. Baldwin Letter 2012

2011   
Mary Cardona
Executive Director, Wisconsin Community Media
 

2010   
State Representative Terese Berceau
Rep. Berceau Letter
State Representative Garey Bies
Rep. Bies Letter
State Representative Gary Hebl
Rep. Hebl Letter
State Representative Mary Hubler
Rep. Hubler Letter
 
2009   
Attorney Anita Gallucci
Letter to Anita
Attorney Joe Van Eaton
Letter to Joe
Professor Barry Orton
Letter to Barry

2008  
State Senator Kathleen Vinehout
Letter to Sen. Vinehout

2007  
State Representative Gary Hebl
Letter to Rep. Hebl
State Representative Louis Molepske
Letter to Rep. Molepske
State Senator Judy Robson
Letter to Sen. Robson
Friends of Oshkosh Community Media
Letter to Friends of OCM

2006  
U. S. Representative Tammy Baldwin