WXPR Wins WBA Award

May 4, 2014

Matthew Rethaber and Natalie Jablonski at WBA's Awards for Excellence
Credit Peg Arnold

WXPR received recognition from the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association Saturday night in Madison. The Ocean Epic of Walter Wendt by Community Features Editor Natalie Jablonski earned WXPR’s placement in the Best Features category for small markets.

In the Veteran’s Day feature, Wendt shared his experiences serving in the Navy during World War II. He described being aboard the U.S.S. Helena while under torpedo attack in Pearl Harbor.  

“I’m glad Walter’s story was recognized. He was a special person to interview,” Jablonski said when learning of the award.

Interest in the Ocean Epic led to additional story ideas. In her new series, Other Side of Ninety, Jablonski's in-depth conversations will continue to preserve and share the essence of the Northwoods, through the perspective of its intriguing people.

Congratulations to Natalie and to Feature Contributor Matthew Rethaber for his work on this and many features heard on WXPR.

A complete list of 2013 Awards for Excellence can be found at the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association website.