Professor, Media Expert, Writer, Broadcaster, Public Speaker
Manager of the Seven-Time Iowa College Radio Station of the Year
Contributor to college English textbook THE SUNDANCE READER
Photos by Doug Wells and Angela Lose
His background includes...
...working in news, advertising, programming, public relations and management at media companies in seven states.
...teaching a wide range of media classes from speech and communication theory to writing and production, while creating a new Digital Media Production major and overseeing major curricular changes.
...winning national awards and training students who have gone on to win statewide & national radio honors and 9 Emmy awards.
...leading the station that has won Radio Station of the Year from 2009 to 2014 (the only years the award has been given) and students who won more state radio awards than all other Iowa colleges combined.
...writing books such as "TV's Greatest Sitcoms," "TV's Greatest Talk Shows," "Putting on the Hits" and "The Communication Job Search Handbook."
...conducting nationally-know research studies that have been quoted in the Huffington Post, Salon.com, Variety, Hollywood Reporter, New York Times, USA Today, Washington Post, Newsweek and hundreds of publications.
...publishing pieces in industry publications such as TV Quarterly, Advertising Age, TV Week, Radio World, Hollywood Reporter, and Broadcasting & Cable. His latest expertise is in the field of communication careers and social media. His articles have been published in The Chronicle of Higher Education and he was featured in the Chicago Tribune as the "Skype expert."
Read some of the 50 unsolicited emails received over the past three years that reinforce his reputation for using the highest professional standards to help students become successful graduates.
His ability to challenge young adults has brought many fans as well as a few that complain online about him holding them accountable for their failures. But his passion for wanting to see students do their best has resulted in over 60% of his graduates going out of their way to write these unsolicited notes of thanks to him.
“Your classes were the most valuable I took--not only for the content but also the way you made me work hard. It wasn't always fun, even though much of it was enjoyable, but it grew my responsibility like no other classes I took. The way you pushed us often allowed us to see how much more we were capable of than we thought. You also gave us realistic expectations of what life after college was like. You gave us hard deadlines and made us take things seriously. So many students need to grow up. When your classes don't let them be little kids, they get mad but those "hard" classes will prepare them the most.” -- Paul, TV producer
“You are the best professor I had at Grand View. The things you taught me ring true everyday and I consider myself lucky to have had you as a teacher…. I hope you know that most of your students feel as I do...you are a remarkable educator.” -- Ariel, gallery manager
“If I haven't said Thank You recently for pushing me when necessary, expecting my best, always encouraging me and being honest... THANK YOU.” -- Kristin, radio producer
“You were tough on me, but pushed me to do the best I could. I got a job as an editor...I think this job is going to be great for me. I used a lot of things you taught me in Comm seminar, and I think that's one of the big reasons I got the job.” -- Becca, newspaper editor
“I wanted to write you to thank you for giving me the confidence to believe I could make the move." -- Joey, sportscaster
“I appreciate you noticing and challenging me to grow up. I have had some unexpected things happen to me lately and I am been experiencing a roller coaster of emotions. I just want to apologize but also say thank you for being such a motivated professor to your students.” --Lindsay, public relations
"Would just like to thank you for keeping me going and pushing me through my years at Grand View and always having faith in me!...Cant say enough thank you's to you Mr. W, honestly can say everything I know in radio came from you and without you pushing me I wouldn't have this opportunity."-- Sean, CHR radio producer
“You have never been the type to go easy on a student, sugar coat the truth, or expect anything from the best out of us and that makes you one of the best people I’ve had the pleasure to learn from…You had a way of riling up the “Yes I can” part of me and that attitude has helped me go far in the short time I have been in this company. I trust you are continuing to inspire and push your newer students the same way you did for me.” -- Kelsey, newspaper advertising
“I just worked hard and did everything you taught me to find a job. I'm lucky I found something so quickly.”-- Casady, public relations
“I wanted to say thank you for everything you've done for me, as an instructor, mentor, producer and as a professional…I tell everyone that (your radio class) was the highlight of my educational career.” -- Aric, marketing
“Thanks again for your advice about the job offer. I didn't take the job. I didn't have a good feeling about it. Your input really helped me settle in what I really felt about it & trust my intuition.”-- Autumn, photography
“Everything in your book (which I still have) has prepared me for where I am now.” -- Stephanie, newspaper reporter
“I just thought I would let you know and I am enjoying my life. Thanks for pushing in school because it made me even more motivated.” -- Gautam, television production
“You were a great advisor who helped me get to the end and a great professor who helped me grow. I know you have a reputation for being hard but I think you are just misunderstood. You have a lot of valuable things to teach students and I’m glad I got the opportunity!” -- Claribel, graphic designer
“I contemplated about thanking you because I didn’t want to be a number out of how many that have done so, but I am finding it SO necessary because I wouldn’t be near as confident and prepared to face the next step of life without your guidance and inspiration.” -- Evan, communications associate
“Mr. Winzenburg wants you to win, the real world isn’t always so encouraging. The sooner you stop fighting the it, take the advice, push yourself and work hard, it’s amazing the way the world will open up to you. You may even surprise yourself with what you can accomplish. I know I have, and I will always have Mr. Winzenburg to thank for part of that. His classes literally changed my life. They gave me direction, a sense of responsibility, a strong work ethic.” -- Leila, radio producer
“You are one of the best role models in my life. I can’t put into words how much your support means. You truly are a friend for life and I am so blessed. That you for always being there for me.” -- Ami, project coordinator
“Thanks for helping me get to where I am! Everything you taught me or told me is true! I can't thank you enough for everything you have taught me and pushing me to always better myself and to learn as much as possible.” -- Sean, radio producer
“Your classes helped me learn a lot about the profession, but also about myself and what it takes to be successful! I owe you big time, so thank you!” -- Joey, newspaper reporter
“I also have to thank you for all the advice and wisdom you gave in Career Seminar and throughout my last semester at GV. I use a lot of your methods in interviewing and professionalism still and give that same advice to others! I know that's a big part of why I've had success so far in my very new career-life.” -- Shari, TV graphic designer
“It's not really a mystery on which areas of communications get pushed at Grand View compared to other ones and therefore it's not a mystery as to which ones end up succeeding. Not just because we were pushed, but the instructor doing the pushing was also pushing himself in front of the students to see through their process of learning it and doing it all.” -- Andrew, TV photographer
“I can tell you to this day I take a lot of what you taught us and apply it in my every day life and is definitely something I am very grateful for, so thank you!” -- Shane, sales manager
“I wanted to thank you for everything you taught me about interviewing
and finding a job. That was an excellent class. I was able to use all of the information and give a great interview...I got the job.” -- Stacey, public relations
“Every now and then I find myself reflecting on the teachings of your classes and the career seminar course. Not only that, but I have also been able to share some your teachings to other coworkers looking to achieve promotions.” -- Aaron, retail business manager
“I must admit there were days in class when I said to myself 'come on now this isn't going to happen.' Well consider me humbled and glad you made us go out of our comfort zone.” -- Laramie, college radio GM and instructor
“I owe a lot of it to you. You really pushed me to push myself. Thank you very much for everything.” -- Justin, television editor
“Thanks so much for your challenging encouragement…I really appreciate how you prepared me for this!...Feel free to use my crazy excitement full of exclamation points and smiles to let your students know that their dream job may be more of a reality than they think!” -- Victoria, photographer
“I really enjoyed learning about the media in your class. It was definitely something I had never thought about before…I will definitely recommend your classes to any student, and still find myself remembering facts I learned in your class that are helping me.” -- Jenn, 2012 NAIA college basketball player of the year
“I used a LOT of your advice you gave in class and I think that helped me get the job!” -- Alex, media relations
“I am glad you hold us to such high standards in class; even though sometimes it makes me crazy! Because that is exactly how you get treated in the workplace…I have thought back to some of your lectures and been like "oh, yea, now I get it!" -- Aly, radio promotions
“I got hired!...(Your) book helped a ton!!!! Thanks for all your guidance.” -- Drew, radio sportscaster
“One of the interview conversations centered around who I thought my best teacher or coach was and why. I told him a story about my radio professor who MADE me be on the radio and how I was so scared and terrified and was almost in tears and made a huge deal of it. And then how I ended up really, really enjoying it…I summed this up with my best teacher made me do things I didn’t want to do but I turned out to be pretty good at it.” -- Christie, sales and marketing
“I just wanted to write and tell you thank you once again for reinforcing professionalism in your classes...Years after graduating those lessons still ring true.” -- Kem, educational technology
“Your classes had a bigger affect on me than you will ever know, in fact
I don't have cable in my house now! My kids are no longer zombies, they
read and are less dependent on TV.” -- Travis, sportscaster
“I would just like to say thank you. Thank you for the challenges through my last 5 years. You were by far my biggest challenge but also the most I learned from.” -- Jenny, marketing
“I have to say thank you for all you have done. I don't think I would get to this point without your teachings.” -- Scott, television production
“Thank you for a wonderful class...It was both a much needed kick in the pants and dose of encouragement. I really feel like I can go out and do what I want to do.” -- Michael, radio promotions