Veteran and award-winning broadcaster Dick Goldberg is the host of “Insights with Dick Goldberg,” a bi-weekly podcast featuring interviews with experts on areas such as self-improvement, business and society.
Dick hosted “For Love or Money” for eight years on Wisconsin Public Radio. Additionally, he produced and hosted the psychology series “Insights” and the series “Inside Business Today” for Wisconsin Public Television and PBS over a period of 16 years. Dick also had two books published, Investing Smart from the Start: The Beginners’ Guide to Investing and Careers Without Reschooling.
In 2000, the Madison Rotary Foundation commissioned Dick to produce and host “A Portrait: Rabbi Manfred Swarsensky.” The documentary went on to receive a national bronze Telly Award for best short documentary.
Dick Goldberg graduated from the Wharton School of business in 1965 and went on to receive his MBA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison two years later.
Even with his educational background, he did not feel like a “corporate” kind of guy. He began his entrepreneurial career investing in different common stocks and franchising opportunities. At the age of 27, he found himself down to $3,000, which he used to purchase the first of many houses near the UW campus. Dick restored and rented out these homes and soon found himself able to fund a more socially rewarding entrepreneurial track.
Dick founded the Madison Rap Center in 1969, a lay counseling center staffed with 20 non-professional counselors. Around the same time, he produced and hosted his first media project, “Polarity Examined,” a television series on Madison’s NBC affiliate dealing with a divided community during the Vietnam War era. He also taught business and economics at Milton College and the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.
In 1972, Dick went back to school, earned his MSSW and began counseling at the Dane County Mental Health Center part time and also in private practice. He discovered while researching his master’s thesis on architecture and community that nearly 90 percent of single renters did not know even one of their neighbors well enough to say hello. This inspired Dick to develop the 24-unit Fireside Apartments, designed with multiple common areas such as a lending library and a fireplace to facilitate social interaction between tenants. He also went on to get his real estate broker and investment advisor licenses.
Dick has continued through the years to counsel at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Counseling Center and in private practice. He currently resides in Madison, Wis.