Wisconsin Broadcast Veteran Jack Hackman Dies


Jack Hackman, a Wisconsin Broadcasting Association Hall of Fame inductee who retired in 1999 as the SVP/COO of the Goetz Broadcasting Corporation, has died.

He was 85 and passed away in Marshfield, Wisc.

Hackman was responsible for the operation of all 15 Goetz stations in Wisconsin, Illinois and Michigan, and held the role from 1981 until he concluded a broadcasting career spanning more than 40 years.

Hackman served on the Board of Directors of the WBA and was Chairman of the Board in 1989-90. Under his leadership, the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association Foundation and the Wisconsin Broadcasters Hall of Fame were created. He was inducted into the WBA Hall of Fame in 1995.

Hackman’s career began in May 1953, when he accepted a position in the engineering department at WDLB in Marshfield. He became station manager at WDLB in 1965 and general manager in 1970.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:30 am on Saturday, July 14, 2018 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Marshfield, where the family will receive relatives and friends from 10:00 am until service time on Saturday. Rev. Keith Kitzhaber will officiate. Burial will take place in St. Joachim’s Cemetery, Pittsville, at a later date.