Thomas W. Teuber

October 12, 1946 - July 20, 2023


Obituary For Thomas W. Teuber

Madison -

Thomas W. “Tom” Teuber, age 76, passed away on Thursday, July 20, 2023 at Agrace Hospice in Fitchburg. Tom was born on October 12, 1946, the only child of Theodore and Dorothy (Lemke) Teuber.

He started life in Chicago and spent his youth in Milwaukee, where he developed an interest in radio. He and his friend, Andy Young, would compare playlists from various radio stations. His family moved to Elmhurst, IL where he attended York High School. Tom chose Elmhurst College because he wanted to get involved with its college radio station WRSE. After getting his degree in history, he started his radio career at WRCO in Richland Center, WI. Tom did a stint as a reporter for The Herald News in Joliet, IL. He then returned to radio at WCMF/Rochester, NY where he quickly rose to program director. He worked at several stations in New York including, WPHD, Buffalo, WXXI, Rochester and WGRO, Buffalo. From there he moved on to WLVQ-Columbus, OH, taking the station to number one. He left for WMET, Chicago in the mid-eighties, and was part of a group that bought WMAD and programmed a progressive format. Tom eventually left WMAD for WWCD (CD101) in Columbus and then became a producer at WBEZ. In December of 1995, Tom landed in Madison, WI as music director at 105.5 Triple M. He was promoted to program director in 2000. His final project was getting the Monona community radio station, WVMO, on the air. He continued there as program director until his retirement in 2018.

Throughout his career, Tom mentored, guided, and influenced countless people in the industry. He touched the lives of many and his absence will be deeply felt. Tom was a life-long learner and had a variety of books. He enjoyed deep conversations on many topics. Tom and Barb enjoyed concerts, traveling, and dining in Madison’s great restaurant scene. He loved all Wisconsin team sports, especially the Badgers and the Brewers.

He is survived by his beloved partner of over 20 years, Barb Bressler and his adored cat, Sweetie. He will be especially missed by his Hanai sister, Joan, and his nieces and nephews.

A special thanks to the care team at Agrace Hospice.

A celebration of life will be held on Sunday, October 1st, at Goodman Community Center Brassworks Building, 214 Waubesa Street, Madison, WI, from 1:00 – 4:00. We’ll have a short program at 1:30, with food and drinks to follow. Come and share your memories and stories of Tom.

If you wish to honor Tom’s Legacy, please consider a donation to the Goodman Community Center, Southern Poverty Law Center, or Agrace Hospice.

To view and sign this guestbook, please visit:


1 Oct

Celebration of Life

01:00 PM - 04:00 PM

Goodman Community Center Brassworks Building 214 Waubesa Street Madison, WI 53704 Get Directions »
1 Oct

Celebration of Life Service

01:30 PM

Goodman Community Center Brassworks Building 214 Waubesa Street Madison, WI 53704 Get Directions »
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  • 09/11/2023

    Tom was a true mentor & life changer for me. He heard an aircheck I made as a college intern & encouraged & coached me (tape was awful) & lucky for me, heard something there, gave me a chance & launched my 25 year career on the air in rock radio. He taught me some valuable life lessons & believed in me when I didn't. A gem of a man & blessing in my life ♥️ grateful for our time together. Beth Kepple

  • 08/28/2023

    Sorry to hear this. I met him in Columbus, Ohio where he worked at local radio. I was pitching an idea for a promotion train tour. He was gracious enough to give me some time. I was an OSU student, and he could have easily dismissed me. I couldn't launch the project, but I will always recall his kindness.

  • 08/20/2023

    May God keep you in his care. Rest in Peace, Tommy! Peter & Josephine Teuber

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  • 07/24/2023

    Tom was so kind and loving towards me. I miss him. Very sad to hear of his passing. May the perpetual light shine upon you Tom. -Eric Fleming

  • 07/23/2023

    Barb and family and friends May his memories help you through this sad times hugs Judy

  • 07/23/2023

    We're listening Tom! Sad to hear of your passing. You've mentored many in the Biz. Always a nice guy. Karch

  • 07/22/2023

    I was saddened to read his obituary on the Channel 3000 website today. I didn't know Tom, but heard him on WMMM and WVMO. He was a perfect radio guy - knowledgeable, personable, and had a great voice.

  • 07/22/2023

    I send my sincere condolences — we met in the final days ofTom's life and I knew from our visit that Tom was a special guy. It was an honor for me to make a connection with you. He lives on in your hearts and memories.

  • 07/21/2023

    Proud to be his friend, since our Chicago days. A true radio Icon, and wonderful human being.

  • 07/21/2023

    Rest peacefully, Tom We are so very sorry for your loss, Barb and Sweetie and family.

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