About Us

Midwest Communications consists of Midwest Communications, Inc. and WRIG, Inc., which collectively own sixty-two (62) radio stations. The Company got its start in Wausau, Wisconsin, with WRIG, Inc. and the acquisition by the D.E. Wright family of a 1400 KHz, 250 watt AM facility from the Wisconsin Valley Television Corporation. The call letters WRIG (for Wright) were assigned and on August 1, 1958, top forty-formatted WRIG signed on the air. Power was increased to 1,000 watts in 1961 and WRIG-FM (now WDEZ) signed on in 1964. Midwest built WROE in Appleton/Oshkosh, Wisconsin in 1971. In 1975 Midwest purchased WBAY-AM and FM, Green Bay, Wisconsin. Due to FCC rules at that time, WROE was sold. The Green Bay call letters were changed to WGEE-AM (now WTAQ-AM) and WIXX-FM. The 1980s saw the acquisition by Midwest of KIOA/KMGK, Des Moines, Iowa, WKKQ/WTBX, Hibbing, Minnesota and KLMS/KFMQ, Lincoln, Nebraska. In addition WRIG moved to 1390 KHZ and increased power to 5000 watts day and night.  

The 1990s brought radical changes in FCC ownership rules, and Midwest took advantage of the changes by consolidating in the Green Bay-Appleton/Oshkosh and Wausau-Stevens Point markets. The consolidation brought about the sale of the Des Moines, Lincoln and Hibbing stations and the acquisitions of WROE, WOZZ, WLTM (now WZBY), WNCY and WNFL in Green Bay-Appleton/Oshkosh and WSAU, WIFC, WOFM and WIZD in Wausau-Stevens Point. In addition four stations WTVB, WNWN AM/FM and WFAT were acquired in the Kalamazoo-Battle Creek, Michigan market.

With the beginning of the new millennium, Midwest continued its expansion program with the acquisition of WHBL, WWJR (now WHBZ) and WBFM IN Sheboygan, Wisconsin and WHTC and WYVN in Holland, Michigan as well as the Duluth Minnesota/Superior Wisconsin market stations KDAL AM/FM, KRBR, WDSM, KTCO and KXTP (now WGEE).

On June 30, 2004, Midwest Communications, Inc. acquired an additional six (6) stations in the Hibbing Minnesota market, WNMT, WMFG AM/FM, KMFG, WTBX and WUSZ which will operate in concert with the six (6) stations already owned in the Duluth Minnesota market.

On June 14, 2005 Midwest Communications, Inc. acquired WMGI and WWSY in Terre Haute, Indiana and on December 16, 2005 added WACF and WPRS licensed to Paris, IL to the Terre Haute Indiana market.

On January 6, 2006 Midwest Communications, Inc. expanded in the Sheboygan Wisconsin market with the addition of WXER.

On May 1, 2006 Midwest Communications, Inc. acquired three (3) additional properties in the Kalamazoo, Michigan market, WKZO, WQLR (now WVFM) and WQSN (now WQLR).

Midwest Communications, Inc. and its affiliate WRIG, Inc. continue to be owned by the D.E. Wright family and today employ over 500 people throughout the fifty-six (56) station group.

Employment Opportunities

To access our career database, visit midwestcareers.com.

Company Executives

Duke Wright
President CEO
1420 Bellevue Street
Green Bay, WI 54311
920-435-3771
Michael Wright
Chief Operating Officer
557 Scott St.
Wausau, WI 54403
715-842-1672
Jeff Wright
Chief Sales Officer
1420 Bellevue Street
Green Bay, WI 54311
920-435-3771
Jeff McCarthy
Vice President Programming
1420 Bellevue Street
Green Bay, WI 54311
920-435-3771
Peter Tanz
Senior Vice President
4200 W. Main St.
Kalamazoo, MI 49006
269-345-7121
Tim Laes
Corporate Engineer
1420 Bellevue Street
Green Bay, WI 54311
920-435-3771
Mary Kay Wright
Chief Marketing Officer
1420 Bellevue Street
Green Bay, WI 54311
920-435-3771
Esther Gillis
Director of Human Resources
904 Grand Avenue
Wausau, WI 54403
715-842-1437
Paul Rahmlow
Chief Financial Officer, Secretary/Treasurer
904 Grand Avenue
Wausau, WI 54403
715-842-1437
Tyson Hinsdill
Director of Information Technology
557 Scott St.
Wausau, WI 54403
715-842-1672
Andrew Gille
Vice President Digital Operations
557 Scott St.
Wausau, WI 54403
715-842-1672
Brad Ludwig
Director of Training
557 Scott St.
Wausau, WI 54403
715-842-1672