Craig Karmazin forms Good Karma Broadcasting, LLC (GKB).
GKB purchases WBEV-AM, WXRO-FM and WYKY-FM in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin.
The first annual WBEV/WXRO Children’s Radiothon airs in Beaver Dam; over $27,000 is raised for local Dodge County children’s charities. Over the years, the Radiothon has raised over $1.5 million dollars.
WYKY flips to “FM Talk 100.5 WTLX,” and becomes the company’s first sports station.
GKB begins a lease on WEFL-AM (West Palm Beach, FL); the station switches to ESPN Radio.
GKB purchases WAUK-AM (Milwaukee, WI); the station is branded as ESPN Radio 1510.
GKB purchases WWGK-AM (Cleveland); the station becomes ESPN Radio 1540.
GKB purchases WKNR-AM (Cleveland); the station is rebranded as ESPN 850 WKNR and WWGK becomes Cleveland’s AM 1540 KNR2.
GKB purchases WRRD-AM (Milwaukee, WI); the station takes the call letters WAUK and begins operation as 540 ESPN.
1510 AM in Milwaukee becomes ESPN Deportes 1510. This marks the first Spanish language station for GKB. Two months later, the station originates a Milwaukee Brewers game, the first major professional league broadcast for GKB.
WTLX in Madison, WI flips to ESPN, becoming the 6th ESPN affiliate for GKB.
ESPN 760 and WPTV begin a groundbreaking partnership in which GKB operates the NewsChannel 5 sports department. A year later, the partnership is extended and expanded to include operation of WFLX – FOX 29’s sports department.
Super Bowl MVP Aaron Rodgers agrees to a multi-year partnership with GKB to provide exclusive content on-air and online at ESPNWisconsin.com
GKB Events purchases the first of its eventual three house purchases adjacent to Lambeau Field; which marks the start of the Tundra Trio, the only luxury entertainment experience in Green Bay.
GKB Wireless is formed with the expectation of opening a Verizon Wireless store as GKB’s first foray into retail.
GKB Events produces the first-ever Wisconsin Sports Awards event, a red carpet affair with appearances by several professional athletes.
GKB Wireless opens its first store in Beaver Dam, Wireless Zone of Beaver Dam, a Verizon Premium Wireless retailer.
GKB Wireless opens its second store, Wireless Zone of Mequon, a Verizon Premium Wireless retailer.
ESPN West Palm begins broadcasting on 106.3 FM
Craig Karmazin is recognized by SportsBusiness Journal’s prestigious “Forty Under 40” list; he joins the ranks of top team, league and network executives.
ESPN Cleveland announces that its station, ESPN 850 WKNR is the new home for Cleveland Browns football, in one of the most expansive broadcast rights deals in the NFL.
GKB Events executes the second annual Wisconsin Sports Awards event, drawing a red-carpet worthy lineup of athletes. Fox Sports Wisconsin partners with GKB to televise the event a minimum of 20 times throughout the year.
GKB Events executes an industry-first sports marketing campaign for Fanatics.com, which involved placing conditional media buys based on game outcomes in markets during the NBA Finals. GKB Events will go on to execute similar campaigns during the World Series and Super Bowl.
Bill McCollum (“Uncle Bill”) celebrates 50 years with WXRO/WBEV in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin
ESPN West Palm announces the launch of ESPN Deportes 760, West Palm Beach’s first Spanish-language sports station.
GKB Events kicks off the Tundra Trio’s first season with a 200 person tailgate event for the Washington Redskins. The Tundra Trio will host 17 events in its inaugural season.
ESPN West Palm announces with ESPN, the creation of the first-ever Boca Raton Bowl Game, to be held at FAU’s stadium in Boca Raton. ESPN West Palm will handle the local sales of the bowl game.
GKB opens its third store in West Bend, Wisconsin, Wireless Zone of West Bend, a Verizon Premium Wireless retailer.
The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Palm Beach honored ESPN Deportes 760 with the Triunfo! 2014 Business Enterprise award.
GKB Events executes the Third Annual Wisconsin Sports Awards in Milwaukee. The Wisconsin Sports Awards are broadcast throughout the state in Green Bay, Madison and Milwaukee.
Good Karma Brands is named a Top Workplace for the fourth consecutive year by the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, placing in the Top Ten for small businesses. GKB is also awarded a “New Ideas” honor for emphasizing innovation among its teammates.
The Home Market, an interior design business and home furnishings store in Milwaukee becomes part of Good Karma Brands. The Home Market will oversee the design of the Wisconsin Sports Awards, the Tundra Trio, GKB’s wireless stores and office remodels.
The Milwaukee Bucks announce that Craig Karmazin is a new minority owner of the team.
GKB is named a Top Workplace for the fifth consecutive year by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, placing in the Top Ten for small businesses. GKB is also awarded a “New Ideas” honor for emphasizing innovation among its team.
Good Karma Brands expands relationship with ESPN, allowing GKB to offer marketing partners the opportunity to reach the largest digital audience in its local markets.