Local broadcast legend memorialized in benevolence
By Kris Leonhardt
MARSHFIELD — “I wanted to do something for the community, and I wanted to help young people,” said Pat Allen. “I thought Bill would be proud of that.”
After her husband’s passing in 2007, Pat Allen began a crusade to provide for needy students in the business or health care fields while creating a tribute to her late husband, Bill, who had been a strong presence in the city of Marshfield.
Bill began a 47-year career with WDLB radio in May 1958, working his way up from salesman to station manager. He later took a position as public relations director with the Community Bank of Central Wisconsin.
Bill served his city through volunteering time with the Marshfield Area Chamber of Commerce & Industry, the Convention and Visitors Bureau, Main Street Marshfield, the Central Wisconsin State Fair, and many other organizations.
Bill posthumously received the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association “Local Broadcast Legend” award earlier this summer for his work within the Marshfield community.
This September marks the eighth year of the Fore Bill Memorial Celebration founded by Pat as a memorial to her husband. The event features a golf outing and dinner.
Proceeds from the event fund scholarships for Marshfield students who are interested in obtaining an education in health care or business and are active in the community.
This year’s outing will be held on Sept. 7 at RiverEdge Golf Course. For more information call 715-507-0501.