Gernetzke, Howard B.
Howard Gernetzke was born in Wausau, Wisconsin on December 31, 1930, son of Bernard and Ella (Grunewald) Gernetzke. Howard attended the University of Wisconsin School of Journalism.
Mr. Gernetzke started his career as a broadcaster and announcer with WSAU Radio in 1952 as an announcer and at WSAU-TV as weatherman and co-host of the “Noon Show” in 1954 and continued in those roles until 1967. In 1967 he moved to Milwaukee, joining WISN-TV, using the name Howard Gernette, and along with his wife Rosemary, co-hosted a daily hour-long talk show until 1983, when he also served as WISN’s chief announcer. In 1985, also with his wife using the name Rosemary Ross as his co-host, they conducted a daily three-hour talk show on WBCS. He was known widely in the Milwaukee area because of his hosting "Dialing for Dollars." Howard and Rosemary Gernetzke returned to Wausau in 1986 where he became morning drive announcer on WSAU-Radio and weatherman and public affairs director at WSAW-TV.
Mr. Gernetzke was a member of the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association and was honored in 1995 by being inducted into the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame. He was also an associate member of the American Meteorological Society.
Howard Gernetzke was united in marriage in Wausau on December 28, 1953 to Rosemary Radandt. Together they raised one son and seven daughters. Mr. Gernetzke served as a corporate member of the Muscular Dystrophy Association from 1980-1987, served as National Co-Chairman of Muscular Dystrophy Fund Raising Campaign from 1978-1983, and served as spokesman for the American Cancer Society.
Howard Gernetzke died at his Wausau home on February 6, 1998. He is buried in Restlawn Memorial Park in Wausau, WI.
Weatherman & Public Affairs Director - WSAW-TV