SBE 24 Elections Form

On Line Chapter 24 Elections

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Matt Mommaerts - Candidate for Chairperson
Matt has been working in broadcasting for over 26 years. He started out with an interest in television while watching camera crews at Chicago White Sox games. He then was involved in the high school video club and radio station. He followed that passion to UW-Platteville's broadcast engineering program. In Platteville, he worked in just about every aspect of TV and Radio from DJ, Program Director and Metal Director at WSUP to working in the shop, sports producer, master control and even sales for the campus television station.

Right after earning a Bachelor of Science degree from UW-Platteville with a major in Broadcast Technology Management, he started out working at Creative Video Editing in Westgate Mall and as a weekend Master Control Operator at WMSN. In the summer of 1993, Matt moved to full time at WMSN as half Engineer/half MCO and also began volunteering at WORT-FM. The next year he started "The Mosh Pit", a weekly heavy metal show on WORT and is still active in hosting and producing the show. Over the years at WMSN, Matt has worked as Web Coordinator, Staff Engineer and his current position of Assistant Chief Engineer.

Russ Awe - Candidate for Vice Chair
Russ joined PBS Wisconsin (WHA-TV) in 1998 where he was responsible for editing programs like Sewing with Nancy and The Wisconsin Gardener along with many other documentaries. He also was part of many live sporting events for the Badgers. In 2008 he became the Engineer in Charge of the WHA-TV remote truck and can be seen driving Big Bird and the Cookie Monster all over the great state of Wisconsin recording and broadcasting programs for WPT. Live productions are still a favorite for Russ. "There is nothing like being LIVE from the Capitol and you know that there are thousands of people watching and listening to your work for information."

Russ comes to us from the middle part of the state where he grew up in Greenwood, WI and attended Chippewa Valley Technical College in Eau Claire and obtained a Media Assistant Associate Degree in 1986. He then began his career in television at the Eau Claire Community Access Channel and soon became employed at WEAU-TV 13 in Eau Claire running camera and audio for the newscasts. He then became chief master control operator training others on production workflows and transmission. After a couple of years at WQOW-TV 18 in Eau Claire producing and editing commercials, he made parts for computer hard drives at Hutchinson Technology in Eau Claire before arriving in Madison.

Mike Travis - Candidate for Secretary
Mike joined Web Courseworks in 2013 as a Systems Administrator intern and worked his way up to the Director of IT. He is responsible for Security, Infrastructure, and DevOps automation systems within Amazon Web Services to support their Learning Management Systems. Mike also serves on the Board of Directors for WeComm, a non-profit organization that supports the amateur radio repeater network for Wisconsin ARES/RACES. Mike followed a non-traditional path of being self-taught in his field.

Mike grew up in Mazomanie and now resides in Prairie Du Sac with his wife and four children. In his free time he is an amateur radio operator, emergency medical technician and pilot. His most recent personal projects involve software defined radios. Mike is certified at the CRO level and is working on his CBT certification. Mike has had an interest in computers, electronics and radios since he was eight years old.

Mike Norton - Candidate for Treasurer
Mike has been working in broadcasting over 25 years, starting as a radio disc jockey in college. He held positions as technical operations director and station manager at student-run WSUP-FM/Platteville. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from UW-Platteville, with a major in Broadcast Technology Management and a minor in graphic arts. He worked as a master control operator at WISN-TV/Milwaukee, and is currently a staff engineer at the Wisconsin Public Broadcasting Center.

He currently does electronic maintenance of radio and television equipment, and works with encoding systems and IP networks. Mike has been an SBE member since 1992, was the SBE Chapter 24 newsletter editor from 1996 to 2006, and has previously served as SBE Chapter 24 Secretary from 2009-2012 and 2016-2019 and Treasurer in 2020. He is certified at the CSTE and CBNE levels.

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