Bill Koutsky, of Winona, will be recognized by Winona State University with the Distinguished Service Award Friday, Sept. 25, as a part of the university’s Homecoming celebration.
Bill Koutsky has been involved with WSU as a student, employee, volunteer, and scholarship benefactor. A Winona native, Koutsky graduated from WSU in 1975 with a bachelor’s degree in speech communications. He worked in local radio for more than three decades, as sales and music director at KWNO-AM 1230 and head of marketing and co-owner of KHME-FM 101.1 (Home 101). He won a 1992 Minnesota Broadcasting Award as one of the state’s top radio personalities. Koutsky worked in the WSU Facilities Department from 2001-2013, mainly in the Performing Arts Center. He established the Bill and Brother William Koutsky Music Scholarship and the Bill and Brother William Koutsky Theatre and Dance Scholarship and is a trustee for the Floretta May Murray Scholarship. Koutsky serves on the Warrior Club Board of Directors, WSU Retiree Center Scholarship Committee and Living History Projects Committee. In addition, Koutsky volunteers for many community groups, including Steamboat Days, Meals on Wheels, Semcac senior dining, Clown Club, Jaycees, Elks, Eagles, and Winona Civic Association.