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Meteorologist Mike Breunling Joins WAOW

mike breunlingMeteorologist Mike Breunling is joining WAOW, the ABC affiliate in Wausau, Wisc. Breunling joins the station from rival WSAW, the CBS affiliate in the market, where he has been the chief meteorologist since 1997.

“A strong weather team has long been a Hallmark here at WAOW. I’ve known Mike for many years and applaud his deep local experience and genuine commitment to our community. He will be a great addition to an already superb team of meteorologists,” WAOW station manager Brad Heinkel said in a statement.

Breunling will officially join WAOW later this summer. “This move to WAOW will present exciting new personal and professional opportunities for me,” he said in a statement.

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WAOW Station Manager Tied to IRS Investigation of Former NFL’ers Charity

Waow_wmow_2010The station manager of Wausau, WI, ABC affiliate WAOW is reportedly part of an IRS investigation into a charity run by former Green Bay Packer LeRoy Butler.

According to the Green Bay Press Gazette, in the ten years Butler’s charity has been raising money for breast cancer survivors, Butler has only filed once with the IRS.

Brad Heinkel, station manager at WAOW-TV in Wausau, confirmed in a brief phone interview that the IRS contacted him about his work with Butler’s charity. He declined to say when that occurred or provide other details. Heinkel did say he is no longer affiliated with the LeRoy Butler Foundation.

Heinkel was listed as a representative of Butler’s foundation in media accounts from the mid-2000s, including a 2007 story that directed readers to send checks for Butler’s foundation to Heinkel’s home address. A business card of Heinkel’s from 2010 obtained by Gannett Wisconsin Media listed him as Wausau chapter president of the LeRoy Butler Foundation.

Heinkel previously worked at WSAW-TV in Wausau, and the station manager there, Al Lancaster, said two IRS agents visited the station July 12 looking for Heinkel. Read more

WAOW Names Brad Heinkel Station Manager

Brad Heinkel has been named station manager at WAOW, Quincy’s ABC affiliate in Wausau, Wisc.

It is a return to WAOW for Heinkel, who worked on the station’s sales management team from 1996-2004. Most recently, he has worked at rival WSAW, the Wausau CBS affiliate, as general sales manager since 2010.

“I’m thrilled for this opportunity to be back with the WAOW team,” Heinkel said in a statement. “I am looking forward to continuing the fine tradition of broadcasting this market has grown accustomed to.”

Heinkel will begin at WAOW on April 2. He replaces John Harris, who left the station last year.