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Kevin Ruppert

Kevin Ruppert
Engineering Maintenance Supervisor

7025 Raymond Road
Madison, WI 53719

Career Clusters / Help Topics:

  • Arts, Audio/Video Technology and Communications
  • Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

Kevin Ruppert has a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications Arts (Radio, TV, and Film) from the University of Wisconsin. From 1977 to 1979 he worked at WNNO radio in Wisconsin Dells where he was a staff announcer, news reporter, and part-time engineer. Since 1979, he has been employed at WISC-TV in Madison, where he began as a Master Control operator. He went on to become a maintenance engineer and is presently Engineering Maintenance Supervisor. Kevin’s other experiences in broadcasting include campus radio during college, and 12 years as a part-time employee at WORT-FM in Madison, four of which were as Chief Engineer. Kevin is also active on the local chapter of the Society of Broadcast Engineers (Chapter 24) having previously served as Chair and currently as secretary. Kevin is also on the program committee of the Wisconsin Broadcast Engineering Clinic. As well, Kevin is involved with Madison campus radio station, WSUM, and a group of UW campus radio alumni dedicated to preserving the past and future of UW campus radio. He and his wife have two sons and enjoy camping, kayaking and other outdoor activities together around the state.

In today’s era of digital media and high-definition technology, what does it take to maintain the high-tech machinery that runs today’s broadcast media? Students interested in the technical side of radio and TV can gain insight on the history and future of this ever changing field. Kevin Ruppert has been in broadcasting for over 40 years and is always excited to teach others about what goes on behind the scenes in radio and TV stations. (Running Time 23:52)