Dave Black honored for work at WSUM

Dave Black, the ever genial general manager of WSUM, received the university’s Academic Staff Excellence in Leadership Award at an April 7 ceremony. Black was one of two academic staff members so honored.

As a hands-on educator and mentor, Dave Black has extended WSUM’s service mission to the campus and wider community.

Dave Black received a campus award for his work with WSUM radio. (Photo by Bryce Richter/University Communications)

Black joins other SJMC faculty and staff honored for their contributions to the school. Faculty associate Deb Pierce received the College of Letters & Science Mid-Career Award, and professor Sue Robinson won the Vilas Associates Award.

Black has been singularly responsible for the founding and continuing success of WSUM as a student-run station on campus. He has guided more than 200 students and community volunteers in all facets of broadcast operations.

WSUM began streaming in 1996 and went on the air in 2002. It fell to Black to secure a license from the Federal Communications Commission, and educate students on the FCC’s rules. He has also successfully raised funds to maintain the station’s operations and state-of-the-art facility.

Black worked in radio production before coming to Madison to earn his master’s degree in journalism from UW-Madison.

Read more about Black’s award on the university’s news website.

Professor James Baughman