Following the close of the sale of its stations, Scripps VP/Radio Steve Wexler will return to Milwaukee to oversee News/Talk 620 WTMJ and Country “94.5 KTI” WKTI for Good Karma Brands. The Milwaukee Business Journal reports that Wexler will succeed current General Manager Tom Langmyer, who announced his departure in a memo to staffers today. Langmyer joined the stations in 2013 after previously serving in similar roles at WGN Chicago and KMOX St. Louis. Wexler began his career at WTMJ as an intern in 1977. After working his way up to on-air host at the duo, he spent time as a programmer at WISN Milwaukee, KGW Portland, and KING Seattle before returning to WTMJ as Program Director in 1993. He rose to General Manager of Journal Communications properties in Tucson in 1997 and then...[Read More]
Craig Karmazin’s Good Karma Brands has announced it will acquire News/Talk 620 WTMJ/103.3 W277CV and Country “94.5 KTI Country” WKTI Milwaukee from EW Scripps for $16 million. Good Karma owns “ESPN 540” WAUK Jackson/Milwaukee as well as ESPN and ESPN Deportes Radio affiliated stations in Cleveland, Madison, and West Palm Beach and two other stations in Beaver Dam WI. The addition of WTMJ adds flagship status for all three of Wisconsin’s professional sports teams to the Good Karma roster as they serve in that role for the Milwaukee Brewers and Bucks as well as the Green Bay Packers. Scripps sold its Tulsa cluster to Griffin Communications in June and still intends to find buyers for is clusters in Boise, Knoxville, Omaha, Springfield MO, Tucson, and Wichi...[Read More]
Scripps News/Talk 620 WTMJ Milwaukee has signed on FM translator 103.3 W277CV Milwaukee. The 250w/244m signal operates from the tower of Scripps’ WTMJ-TV/94.5 WKTI with a nearly Class A comparable signal. The translator is owned by Frank Glass McCoy as this completes its gradual move from Waukegan IL since being granted a Construction Permit in 2013. The translator’s original CP to move to Milwaukee was to have it rebroadcast Liberal Talk 1510 WRRD Waukesha. That station now has its own CP for a new translator on 101.7. The addition of WTMJ to FM will bring play-by-play of the Green Bay Packers, Milwaukee Brewers and Milwaukee Bucks to FM in the market as well. WTMJ Radio is now broadcasting on FM in addition to its AM signal to expand the reach for Wisconsin’s most powerful ra...[Read More]
Scripps News/Talk 620 WTMJ Milwaukee will soon be coming to the FM band. 103.3 W277CV Waukegan IL currently holds a Construction Permit to relocate to Milwaukee with 250w/255m from the WDJT-TV tower where it was to rebroadcast Liberal Talk 1510 WRRD Waukesha. W277CV owner Frank Glass McCoy has now applied to modify the CP to move it to the tower of Scripps’ WTMJ-TV and 94.5 WKTI where it would operate with 250w/244m. That will give the translator nearly identical coverage as some Class A FM’s in the market such as Saga’s 98.3 WJMR and 106.9 WNRG-FM.
Scripps News/Talk 620 WTMJ Milwaukee is launching a new 12-3pm show hosted by Steve Scaffidi and Erik Bilstad. Scaffidi is resigning as Mayor of Oak Creek, WI, a position he has served since 2012, and at a local public relations firm to join WTMJ. He spent 28 years as a field manager for Nielsen before moving into politics. Bilstad currently serves as WTMJ’s Executive Producer of News. He has been with WTMJ as a news anchor and reporter since 1999. Newscaster Colleen Boland will do news updates throughout the show. Steve Scaffidi is joining WTMJ as the mid-afternoon talk show host. Scaffidi will team with WTMJ Executive Producer, News Erik Bilstad to form “Scaffidi & Bilstad,” which will air from noon to 3 p.m., weekdays. The program will focus on the biggest stories of the day ...[Read More]
Scripps News/Talk 620 WTMJ Milwaukee is debuting Milwaukee-centric podcast network “WTMJ Mobile“. The network will include on-demand versions of WTMJ shows as well as programs developed by sister WTMJ-TV and local Milwaukee organizations including NEWaukee, the Milwaukee Brewing Company, and Startup Milwaukee. The eight launch shows are “Blue 58” hosted by Green Bay Packers blogger John Meerdink, the “WTMJ Packers Flagship Podcast” and “Brewers Extra Innings Podcast” using content from the station’s role as the flagship station for the teams radio broadcasts, “The Intersection of People and Place” hosted by NEWaukee’s Angela Damiani and Jeremy Fojut, “Milk & Honey” hosted by Paige Weslaski, Milwaukee B...[Read More]
Charlie Sykes will retire from his daily 830am-12pm show on Scripps News/Talk 620 WTMJ Milwaukee at the end of the year. Sykes, who has hosted the mid-morning slot on WTMJ since 1993, will also leave his Sunday morning television program on WTMJ-TV. He will remain as editor of RightWisconsin.com, that he created in conjunction with the stations. Jeff Wagner will move up from the 12pm-3pm timeslot to Sykes’ 830am-12pm slot starting on January 3, 2017. A new host is being sought for the 12-3pm show. Sykes has received much press in recent months as being one of the few conservative voices to come out against Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and questioning the conservative media’s role in it. Sykes, however claims that this campaign did not have a role in his decision t...[Read More]
Scripps News/Talk 620 WTMJ Milwaukee announced it has extended its contract to remain the flagship station of the franchise’s radio network. WTMJ has served as flagship for the Brewers for all but two of the years of the franchise’s existence. Only their first season in 1970 when 1250 WEMP carried the games and its AL Championship year of 1982 when 1130 WISN carried the games have the Brewers not been on WTMJ. No financial terms or length of the new agreement were revealed. The Milwaukee Brewers and 620 WTMJ have agreed to extend their radio rights agreement and continue their longstanding partnership. The announcement was made today by Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger and Steve Wexler, Vice President/Radio, E.W. Scripps Company, which owns and operates WTMJ. “T...[Read More]