WTMJ-TV, virtual channel 4 (UHF digital channel 28), is an NBC-affiliated television station licensed to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States. The station is owned by the E. W. Scripps Company. WTMJ-TV's studios are located on Capitol Drive (Wisconsin Highway 190) in Milwaukee (an Art Deco facility that is known as "Radio City", in tribute to the New York complex of the same name), and its transmitter is located approximately 4 miles (6.4 km) north of downtown Milwaukee.
From its inception until October 31, 2018, WTMJ-TV was a sister station to WTMJ radio (620 AM) and WKTI (94.5 FM). The radio stations are now owned by Good Karma Brands, but continue to share studios and internal operations (including web hosting) with Scripps and WTMJ-TV; Good Karma's WAUK (540) will eventually move to Radio City itself and operate under a lease agreement with Scripps.
|Channels||Digital: 28 (UHF)|
(to move to 32 (UHF))
Virtual: 4 (PSIP)
|Owner||E. W. Scripps Company|
(Scripps Broadcasting Holdings LLC)
|First air date||December 3, 1947|
|Call letters' meaning||The Milwaukee Journal|
(Derived from former sister radio station WTMJ and former sister newspaper)
|Former channel number(s)|
|Transmitter power||1,000 kW|
650 kW (CP)
|Height||272.6 m (894 ft)|
304.6 m (999 ft) (CP)
|Public license information:||Profile|
The Journal Company (owner of the Milwaukee Journal, which was consolidated with the Milwaukee Sentinel in 1995 to become the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel) was granted its first television station license in September 1931 for W9XD. The experimental station used a low-definition electromechanical system to transmit its signal, and conducted field tests from 1931 to 1933; in 1934, Journal converted W9XD's facilities to experimental high-fidelity apex radio unit W9XAZ in 1934. Its license was withdrawn by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in 1938 as part of an effort to limit broadcast licenses to stations that would actively engage in the development of television. No publicly announced television programming was broadcast by W9XD during this experimental period.
The Journal Company obtained one of the first construction permits issued by the FCC for a commercial television station on December 7, 1941, under the call letters WMJT (for "Milwaukee Journal Television"), and built a new broadcast facility to transmit its signal by August 1942. However, the company's television plans were suspended when the U.S. War Production Board halted the manufacturing of television and radio broadcasting equipment for civilian use from April 1942 to August 1945, in order for such equipment to be allocated for use by the military during World War II.
The station's call letters were later modified to WTMJ-TV (referencing The Milwaukee Journal), which first signed on the air on December 3, 1947, originally broadcasting on VHF channel 3. In addition to being the first commercial television station to sign on the air in Wisconsin, the fourth such station to sign on in the Midwestern United States and the 15th to launch in the United States, WTMJ was also the first station located outside of the Eastern Time Zone to be affiliated with a major broadcast television network. At the time it began operations, there were only 500 television sets in Milwaukee; that number would jump to 2,050 by the following April. The existence of television sets in Milwaukee before WTMJ-TV even debuted was because of the fact that the city is close enough to Chicago that television stations from that market could be and still are viewable in Milwaukee; therefore, residents in southeastern Wisconsin had access to WBKB-TV (now WBBM-TV), which signed on from Chicago in 1946 as the first commercially licensed television station outside of the Eastern Time Zone.
At its official sign-on, it was one of several flagship media properties owned by Journal, which in addition to the Journal newspaper, also owned radio station WTMJ (1020 AM, now at 620 AM). In 1959, these properties were joined by WTMJ-FM (102.1 FM, now WKTI at 94.5). WTMJ-TV has been affiliated with NBC since its sign-on, owing to its radio sister's longtime affiliation with the NBC Red Network; although, it also initially carried programming from CBS, ABC and the DuMont Television Network. It lost its secondary affiliation with CBS when WCAN-TV (channel 25, now defunct) signed on in September 1953, and lost access to ABC and DuMont programming when WOKY-TV (channel 19, now CW affiliate WVTV on channel 18) made its debut one month later. WTMJ is the only television station in Milwaukee to have been affiliated with the same network throughout its history, and is currently NBC's second-longest tenured affiliate, behind only KSDK in St. Louis (which signed on as KSD-TV eleven months earlier in January 1947).
On July 11, 1953, WTMJ-TV moved to VHF channel 4, in order to alleviate interference with WKZO-TV (now WWMT) in Kalamazoo, Michigan, which is located nearly directly across Lake Michigan. The relocation of the station's channel allocation was a part of the FCC's complete revision of its Table of Channel Assignments, as issued in the Sixth Report and General Order issued by the agency on April 14, 1952. This move forced the CBS O&O on channel 4 in Chicago, WBBM-TV, to be reassigned to VHF channel 2; WBBM had moved to that frequency six days before WTMJ's channel relocation on July 5, 1953.
WTMJ-TV was one of the first television stations in the United States to purchase color equipment to transmit and produce programming in the format; in December 1953, it broadcast NBC's color telecast of Amahl and the Night Visitors, when only two prototype color sets existed in Milwaukee. The first color television sets in the city were sold in March 1954; by July of that year, WTMJ became the third television station in the U.S. with live color capability, when it broadcast its first local color program that originated from its studios, The Grenadiers. About 3,000 color sets existed in Milwaukee in February 1957.
Over time, Journal gradually expanded its television chain, acquiring, among other stations, KTNV-TV in Las Vegas (acquired in 1979); KIVI-TV in Boise, Idaho (acquired in 2002); KMTV in Omaha and KGUN-TV in Tucson, Arizona (both acquired in 2005); WGBA-TV and WACY-TV in Green Bay (the former being acquired in August 2004, with the latter operated under a local marketing agreement until Journal acquired it outright in 2012); and WTVF in Nashville (acquired in 2012).
WTMJ inaugurated the current "Today's TMJ4" brand on July 25, 1992, coinciding with the start of NBC's coverage of that year's Summer Olympics (variants of this brand, whether they incorporated the last three letters of the callsign or not, were later used by other stations such as KTHV in Little Rock and WTMJ sister station KIVI-TV in Boise). The first generation of the "TMJ4" branding lasted until August 13, 2004, on the date NBC began its coverage of the 2004 Summer Olympics, as part of a graphical overhaul that resulted in the retirement of the "sailboat 4" logo that had been in use by the station since 1980.
In 2001, Journal entered into a local marketing agreement with Kenosha-licensed WPXE-TV (channel 55), resulting indirectly from NBC's partial ownership interest in WPXE network partner Pax TV (now Ion Television) and a related management agreement with that network's owned-and-operated stations. Under the LMA, the two stations shared certain programs, while WTMJ handled advertising sales services for channel 55; the agreement also allowed WPXE to air rebroadcasts of channel 4's 6:00 and 10:00 p.m. newscasts on a half-hour delay. The LMA ended on July 1, 2005 upon Pax's rebranding as i: Independent Television. However, WTMJ continues to provide engineering assistance for WPXE-TV.
Due to a dispute between the cable provider and Journal Communications, WTMJ-TV was removed from Time Warner Cable's southeastern Wisconsin systems at midnight on July 25, 2013, four days before the provider's agreement with Journal was set to expire on July 30; the dispute between the companies also affected Journal-owned stations in four other markets (WGBA-TV and WACY-TV in Green Bay, KMTV-TV in Omaha and KMIR-TV in Palm Springs, California); The Local AccuWeather Channel and Live Well Network subchannels were pulled from TWC's systems two weeks earlier on July 10 as they were not protected under the sweeps rule that prohibits cable providers from pulling the main signal of a carried station (such as WTMJ 4.1) during such ratings periods, including that occurring in July. On August 15, GSN replaced WTMJ on its designated channel 4 slot, while Starz Kids & Family replaced the two subchannels on digital channels 994 and 999, before being replaced by the Hallmark Movie Channel in September.
On August 8, a group of Time Warner Cable subscribers filed a class action lawsuit against the provider in a Wisconsin District Court under grounds of breach of contract. Journal Broadcast Group claimed on its website that TWC was distracted due to its dispute with CBS Corporation (which resulted in the removals of CBS Television Stations outlets in select markets and the Showtime Networks premium channel suite nationwide, until it signed a new agreement on September 2, 2013). Journal also asked state authorities to intervene in the dispute.
WTMJ was restored at 7:00 p.m. on September 20, 2013, as a result of a new carriage agreement between Journal and TWC. WTMJ was relocated to cable channel 2 (GSN remained on channel 4). WTMJ's high definition feed stayed on digital channel 1004, with Journal executives citing that the HD slot was more important than the declining analog and standard definition viewership. In the Racine, Kenosha and Plymouth areas for the time being, WTMJ will be seen on channel 83 while Time Warner finds a lower channel slot. This also left WTMJ's subchannels off Time Warner systems, making them only receivable over-the-air as they are not carried on Charter Communications's legacy systems pre-Time Warner Cable merger, DirecTV and Dish Network.
In the winter of 2014, Journal made several management changes to split responsibilities between its radio and television division. Some of the changes included the appointments of Debbie Turner (executive vice president and general manager at WTVF) as the company's vice president of television, Steve Wexler (executive vice president of Journal's Milwaukee radio and television properties) as executive vice president for the company's radio division, and Joe Poss (general manager of Journal's Green Bay duopoly of WGBA/WACY) as WTMJ-TV's general manager. Janet Hundley (longtime assistant news director at ABC O&O WLS-TV in Chicago) was also hired as the station's news director in May 2014, following the resignation of Bill Berra.
On July 30, 2014, the E. W. Scripps Company announced that it would acquire Journal Communications in an all-stock transaction. The combined firm would retain their broadcast properties—including WTMJ-TV and its AM and FM radio siblings—with the print assets being spun off as Journal Media Group. The deal was approved by the FCC on December 12, 2014, with shareholders of the two companies approving it on March 11, 2015; the merger/spin-off between Journal and Scripps formally closed on April 1 (Journal Media Group would be subsequently acquired by the Gannett Company—which spun off its own broadcasting and digital media properties into Tegna, Inc. three months after the Journal split was completed, in order to focus on its newspapers—in August 2015). Through its ownership by Journal, WTMJ had been one of the few television stations in the country not owned by a major network that had the same callsign, owner and primary network affiliation throughout its history; it was also the last major television station in the Milwaukee market to be locally owned.
E. W. Scripps and Time Warner Cable announced a new multi-year carriage agreement on February 1, 2016, well ahead of the 2016 Summer Olympics that includes WTMJ. With this agreement, Scripps also obtained carriage for WTMJ's subchannels as of April 4, 2016, which took the channel 990 and 991 slots on area Time Warner systems.
The station's digital signal is multiplexed:
|Channel||Video||Aspect||PSIP Short Name||Programming|
|4.1||1080i||16:9||WTMJ-DT||Main WTMJ programming / NBC|
On June 15, 2015, WTMJ added a second audio program (SAP) feed to its main channel to allow the transmission of Descriptive Video Service audio description and Spanish-language translations for NBC network programs; it became the last major network affiliate in the market to incorporate an SAP feed before the FCC's expansion of its requirements for television stations to feature audio description to media markets outside of the 25 largest (including Milwaukee) on July 1.
On March 1, 2006, WTMJ-TV launched a digital subchannel on virtual channel 4.2 as TMJ4 Weather Plus, a 24-hour weather channel featuring a mix of local and national current conditions and forecasts as well as local weather updates from the station's meteorologists; until the July 2013 dispute with Journal, it was previously carried on Time Warner Cable digital channel 999. The subchannel originally served as an affiliate of NBC Weather Plus; three months after it was launched, in June 2006, WTMJ rebranded its weather department from "Storm Team 4" to "TMJ4 Weather Plus", integrating the network brand into its weather branding in compliance with Weather Plus' recommended standardizations for its affiliated NBC stations. After NBC Weather Plus was discontinued in November 2008, the former "Storm Team 4" brand was restored as its universal weather branding; the subchannel itself rebranded as the Storm Team 4 Channel on January 1, 2009, and was later renamed "Storm Team 4 TV". In mid-December 2009, Storm Team 4 TV became an affiliate of The Local AccuWeather Channel. Uniquely, the station shared the market's AccuWeather affiliation with PBS member station (and Milwaukee PBS flagship) WMVS (channel 10), which broadcasts a non-commercial version of the AccuWeather Channel on its 10.4 (currently WMVT-DT3) subchannel.
In mid-December 2014 with the operations of Local AccuWeather winding down as AccuWeather refocused its television efforts on its cable-satellite channel, WTMJ converted the 4.2 subchannel to a widescreen format, and reformatted it to incorporate additional traffic camera loops, feature segments and a news ticker to the new internally originated setup as "TMJ4 Plus", using website partner WorldNow's "channel in a box" coordinating automation technology.
On September 28, 2015, as part of an agreement that Scripps signed with Katz Broadcasting on May 18 in which WTMJ would affiliate with two of Katz's three multicast networks (MyNetworkTV affiliate WCGV-TV (channel 24) already carries Grit over their DT3 channel through a separate agreement with that station's owner, Sinclair Broadcast Group), WTMJ fully discontinued TMJ4 Plus and converted WTMJ-DT2 into an affiliate of Laff.
In early July 2009, WTMJ launched digital channel 4.3 as an affiliate of TheCoolTV, becoming the first full-power station to carry the music video and concert programming-focused network as a digital subchannel; it was later carried by stations owned by the Sinclair Broadcast Group (except for WVTV (channel 18) and WCGV-TV locally due to WTMJ's carriage of the network) and LIN TV; WTMJ's Green Bay sister station WGBA also added TheCoolTV in November 2010. The subchannel, which locally had its on-air playlist customized by WTMJ, was co-branded with WTMJ-TV's sister radio station WLWK-FM (now WKTI), which then had a format spanning a variety of decades. In September 2011, Journal Communications filed a $257,000 lawsuit against TheCoolTV's parent company Cool Music Network, LLC, alleging non-payment of broadcast services since before June 2011.
Because of the dispute, WTMJ replaced TheCoolTV with the Live Well Network on October 1 (WGBA, meanwhile, replaced it with MeTV on that date). WTMJ eventually converted the channel's aspect ratio to 480i widescreen, optimized for 16:9 displays, in line with LWN's default screen presentation; select Live Well programming (consisting of Motion and Deals) was broadcast in high definition during Saturday late night slots on the station's main channel until the network was removed. On January 12, 2015, one week before Live Well Network was to originally discontinue operations entirely (its distribution would instead be relegated exclusively to ABC Owned Television Stations outlets after a three-month reprieve from its planned nationwide shutdown), it was replaced on WTMJ-DT3 with the NBC-owned subchannel service Cozi TV.
Through the same agreement with Katz Broadcasting under which the station affiliated WTMJ-DT2 with Laff, WTMJ-TV was listed as a future affiliate of Escape. It was not added right away, as WTMJ's agreement with NBC to carry Cozi had not yet expired and the station did not want to compromise picture quality with a fourth subchannel before a later multiplexer upgrade. Instead, WTMJ and DTV America's WTSJ-LP (channel 38) arranged a trade where Escape was carried on that station's third subchannel until November 2016, then was removed until January 1, 2017 when WTMJ's Cozi affiliation expired. WTMJ picked up Escape that day, with WTSJ taking Cozi for their third subchannel on January 15. Cozi then established another affiliation on June 22, 2017 with WIWN (channel 68.1), acquiring the Charter legacy carriage it never was able to with WTMJ.
WTMJ launched their fourth subchannel in mid-December 2017, though it started with only a blank image merely to activate the channel. It began to carry Grit in early March 2018, after WCGV-TV (channel 24) left the air on January 8, 2018 and merged their two other existing subchannels onto WVTV due to the spectrum auction. This left Grit and getTV without a channel in the market (getTV eventually moved to WIWN-DT4), and Scripps decided to consolidate the network onto WTMJ after their purchase of Katz Broadcasting, the parent of Escape, Grit and Laff (along with Bounce TV, which will remain with WMLW-TV for the time being).
WTMJ-TV shut down its analog signal, over VHF channel 4, at noon on June 12, 2009, the official date in which full-power television stations in the United States transitioned from analog to digital broadcasts under federal mandate. The station's digital signal continued to broadcasts on its pre-transition UHF channel 28. Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former VHF analog channel 4.
WTMJ broadcasts the entire NBC schedule, with the exception of program pre-emptions for breaking news or severe weather coverage. WTMJ currently airs the weekday editions of Today in two blocks from 7:00 to 9:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (with a breakaway at 9:00 a.m. for The Morning Blend). Generally in the past, the station did not air NBC programming pre-empted due to extended breaking news coverage (besides Days), rendering the affected shows viewable in the market only either through the network's website or mobile app, its cable-satellite video on demand service or its online streaming partners (such as Hulu) beginning the day after their original airdate. Beginning in 2014, pre-empted programming began to air on channel 4.2 or 4.3 at its original time.
After several years of eschewing syndicated programming to ramp up their news schedule on weekdays, WTMJ added a syndicated show to the 3 p.m. time slot. Currently as of September 2018, WTMJ's syndicated programming consists of a post-Days of Our Lives block containing Scripps-owned series Right This Minute, The List and Pickler and Ben, with Tegna's Daily Blast Live (on a tape delay) in the overnights. During the weekends, Alliant Energy Powerhouse and the brokered religious program Time of Grace are carried; the latter is carried by many stations in Milwaukee and throughout Wisconsin in varying timeslots under the same arrangement. Another program the station produces outside of news is the brokered New Home Building Today on Sunday mornings, which is usually produced by a local homebuilder with the assistance of WTMJ's advertising/sales department to sell a home and/or subdivision plot.
WTMJ had been the long-time Milwaukee home for the nighttime syndicated version of Wheel of Fortune beginning in 1984 (replacing the nighttime Family Feud, which moved to WITI for the final season of its first incarnation; WITI, in turn, aired the first season of nighttime Wheel) and Jeopardy! from its 1984 premiere; both shows moved to CBS affiliate WDJT-TV (channel 58) in September 2005. It was also the first station to air The Oprah Winfrey Show from the program's 1986 syndication launch until a group-wide distribution deal with Hearst Broadcasting resulted in it being moved to ABC affiliate WISN-TV (channel 12) in September 1994. WTMJ (and WPXE, during the run of its LMA with Journal) had aired Martha Stewart Living and then Martha until September 2007, when the latter program moved to WISN. Like NBC flagship WNBC in New York City, WTMJ aired It's Showtime at the Apollo after Saturday Night Live for its entire 21-year run, with Soul Train (another long-running syndicated staple since 1972, when it joined the station's lineup) following that show until its own end in 2006.
From the 1960s to the 1990s, preemptions on the station were more common (examples include those involving NBC's daytime game show and soap opera lineup; Sanford and Son airing on Saturday nights instead of Fridays during the 1973-74 season, in which the sitcom's normal time slot was occupied by the second half-hour of The Lawrence Welk Show; and its replacement of Gimme a Break! and Mama's Family from the schedule in favor of the syndicated drama Fame on Thursday nights during the 1983–84 season). Until 1974, WTMJ-TV aired a movie on nights when The Midnight Special wasn't airing; this preempted The Tomorrow Show. Although NBC had long been less tolerant of preemptions of its programming than the other networks, it usually did not raise objections to those made by WTMJ, since it has been one of the network's strongest affiliates. NBC was also helped by then-independent station WVTV often picking up NBC programs declined by channel 4 for their own schedule, with WCGV also doing so when that station signed on in March 1980.
The station's most controversial move came in 1979 when it asked NBC for permission to delay The Tonight Show to 11:00 p.m., in order to air reruns of Maude in the talk show's 10:30 slot; although the network vetoed the move (even though its Birmingham affiliate WAPI-TV/WVTM-TV had aired the program on delay from the time it cleared Tonight in 1967 until 1996), WTMJ went ahead and did it anyway as it was already running a promotional campaign for Maude and began delaying Tonight to 11:00 that September. It tried again in 1984, wanting to move Tonight to 11:30 p.m., in order to air reruns of Trapper John, M.D. after the 10:00 p.m. newscast starting that September. NBC, already not happy with WTMJ moving the program to 11:00 p.m., refused again, and opted to contract then-independent station WVTV to carry the program instead, airing it at 10:30 p.m. from September 1984 to September 1988, when WTMJ gave in to airing the program in its network-designated timeslot.
The station also delayed Late Night with Conan O'Brien to 12:05 a.m. from the program's September 1993 debut until September 2001, and aired Days of Our Lives at 2:00 p.m. (one of the program's alternate network timeslots), before moving it to the network-standard 1:00 p.m. slot on September 10, 2007 to replace the canceled Montel Williams Show. WTMJ aired paid programming in place of the low-rated prime time poker game show Face the Ace for its entire run starting in August 2009, marking the first time any Milwaukee station preempted a significant portion or the entirety of a prime time network series (other than for extended news coverage) since the early 1990s. It is unknown if moral objections by WTMJ management (as sister station WGBA carried the series) or ratings concerns played a factor in the move.
The Morning Blend is a local talk show format originated by former parent company Journal Broadcast Group and presently owned by the E. W. Scripps Company that first premiered in Milwaukee on WTMJ-TV on September 12, 2006 (originally airing at 10:00 a.m., the program moved to its current 9:00 a.m. slot in September 2007). As of 2015, the WTMJ version is currently hosted by Tiffany Ogle (who replaced original co-host – and former WISN reporter—Alison de Castro, after she left the program in October 2009 to relocate with her family to Chicago) and Molly Fay (formerly a morning anchor at WITI). The show—which derived its format from that of Daytime on fellow NBC affiliate WFLA-TV in Tampa—features a mix of paid and unpaid segments, with all segments promoting a certain product or company featuring on-air disclaimers to denote the segment has been leased by a particular advertiser. The program is produced through WTMJ's advertising sales department; as such, news segments are not provided by its hosts, with breaking news or severe weather coverage ceded to the station's news staff instead. In June 2008, The Morning Blend began airing on Green Bay sister station WGBA, also at 9:00 a.m., after that station dropped its morning newscasts (WGBA has since carried Today in pattern for its full four hours).
The Morning Blend is WTMJ's first attempt at a local program that was not news or public affairs-based since the short-lived A New Day premiered in 1979; that program was co-hosted by Terry Meeuwsen (now co-host of The 700 Club) and news anchor/radio host (and former WTMJ-TV reporter) Pete Wilson. The Morning Blend format and branding then was adapted by most of WTMJ's fellow Journal stations, and has now been added to several of its new Scripps sisters.
WTMJ-TV has served as Milwaukee's "official station" of the Green Bay Packers since the mid-1990s, giving it rights to air the team's non-nationally televised preseason games; in addition to the team's existing television broadcasters elsewhere in Wisconsin, the game telecasts are shared with sister stations WGBA in Green Bay and KMTV-TV in Omaha through a March 2012 broadcasting agreement between the Packers and former station parent Journal Broadcast Group. WTMJ holds the broadcast rights to the weekly coaches show (which airs Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. during the NFL season) and other shows involving the team (such as the team's Sunday morning pre-game analysis program Packers Today). As part of the deal, Packers Radio Network color commentator Larry McCarren (who resigned as sports director at Green Bay CBS affiliate WFRV-TV in March 2012) now also serves as a Packers analyst for WTMJ and WGBA; until McCarren became WGBA's sports director upon the end of his non-compete clause with WFRV in April 2013, his segments appeared during the Packers Extra sports segment from the WTMJ set. McCarren resigned his sports director duties at WGBA at the end of March 2015 to solely focus on his Packers duties. In 2017, Scripps also began to air the "Family Night" scrimmage before the pre-season, which had previously been produced as a joint effort between the state's Fox affiliates under a separate contract.
Because of the Summer Olympics, which are not allowed any pre-emptions by the network, WTMJ sub-licensed some preseason games to then-LMA partner WPXE-TV in 2004 and to CW affiliate WVTV in 2008 (the 2012 opening preseason game against the San Diego Chargers that occurred during the Olympics was an ESPN Monday Night Football broadcast carried by WISN, which averted the need for sub-licensing any games that season). Regular season games televised over-the-air locally are split between WITI (channel 6; through Fox's rights to the team's parent division, the National Football Conference), and WDJT-TV (for select games televised by CBS in which the Packers play against an American Football Conference (AFC) opponent), with WTMJ carrying non-preseason games via NBC's Sunday Night Football on occasions when a game involving the Packers is scheduled. In 2016, Weigel's independent station, WMLW-TV (channel 49) sub-licensed and carry the second and third preseason games of that season due to 2016 Olympics coverage, making it unique in carrying two streams of the game (English and Spanish) over the same channel, as WMLW-DT4 simulcast Telemundo affiliate and Packers pre-season Spanish carrier WYTU-LD (channel 63).
WTMJ-TV served as the original local television outlet for the Milwaukee Brewers, carrying at least 25 to 40 of the Major League Baseball team's games each season—mostly involving those played on the road—from 1970 to 1980. Among the broadcasters who worked on the WTMJ Brewers telecasts included Merle Harmon, Jim Irwin (who also worked as a sportscaster at WTMJ-AM during this time, as well as serving the radio voice of the Packers and Wisconsin Badgers football), Eddie Doucette (then also the radio and television voice of the Milwaukee Bucks), Mike Hegan (who later became a longtime announcer for the Cleveland Indians), and current primary Brewers radio play-by-play announcer and Milwaukee native Bob Uecker. The team chose to move its telecasts to WVTV starting with the 1981 season, because that station (which was not affiliated with a network at the time) offered to televise more games per season than what WTMJ was able to do, due to Channel 4's NBC programming commitments.
The station also televised selected Milwaukee Braves games during their final four seasons of play in the city, before the team relocated to Atlanta after the 1965 season. Prior to 1962, the Braves had a long-held policy not to televise its games, on the perception that it would negatively affect attendance, which ironically played a part in the franchise moving to Milwaukee from Boston after the 1952 season.
In addition, the station aired any Milwaukee Braves or Brewers games that were part of NBC's MLB broadcast contract from 1953 to 1989 (with exception of 1966 to 1969 when Milwaukee had no MLB club), including the Brewers' appearance in the 1982 World Series.
WTMJ-TV currently broadcasts 39 hours of locally produced newscasts each week (with 6½ hours on weekdays, 3½ hours on Saturdays and three hours on Sundays); in addition, the station produces 414Ward, a local "week in review" public affairs debate program, which airs on Sunday mornings after Meet the Press. WTMJ's newscast ratings had generally finished first place among the market's television news outlets for most of the 1990s and early 2000s. Since the 2010s, WITI, WISN and WTMJ have competed and finished first in selected ratings periods.
WTMJ-TV maintains a news and weather content agreement with sister radio stations WTMJ and WKTI (all three stations are based out of the Radio City studio). Until the newspaper and television station were separated in the split of Journal Communications' properties into Scripps and Journal Media Group in 2015 (and the year-later purchase of the Journal Sentinel by Gannett), the station also partnered with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel to provide news stories and weather forecasts seen in the newspaper; WTMJ-TV maintained an auxiliary studio in the Journal Sentinel's State Street headquarters for a regular segment on its now-defunct 3:00 p.m. newscast called "JSOnAir". The station, along with WTMJ radio currently maintains a content agreement with the Milwaukee Business Journal for reporting of business-related stories, with the television side partnering with the paper as of April 18, 2017 after waiting out an existing television partnership with Fox affiliate WITI which previously precluded an immediate partnership. With the end of the 2016-17 academic year, the station's final link with the Journal Sentinel was severed with the cancellation of Preps Plus, a Sunday night high school athletics "week in review" show produced by the newspaper for 25 years based on their coverage banner of the same name, in favor of WTMJ's own Friday night high school sports rundown, Friday Night Frenzy.
"Wisconsin on Demand 411", a video on demand service offered to Time Warner Cable subscribers throughout southeastern Wisconsin, carries the station's morning, 6:00 and 10:00 p.m. newscasts beginning two hours and are available for viewing for three days after each program's original broadcast; its content inventory also includes certain WTMJ news reports, "I-Team" investigations and consumer stories, and editions of 414Ward. The station also utilizes and promotes Spectrum's Start Over feature for its locally based and select local programs, allowing viewers to restart a program from the beginning if they tune in after it started.
After Today expanded to four hours in September 2007, WTMJ began shifting its programming focus very heavily towards local news, as replacement syndicated programming for Martha, Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy! after all three programs moved to other area stations, and Montel's August 2008 departure from syndication failed to spark viewer interest outside of local/network hours. On August 25, 2008, after Extra moved to WITI, the station expanded its 6:00 p.m. newscast to one hour (although it reverted to a half-hour on Tuesday nights during the NFL season due to Mike McCarthy's coaches show in the past); this was followed on September 8 by the debut of an hour-long newscast at 3:00 p.m., which featured segments including "Ask the Experts", an interactive "sound off" segment incorporating viewer calls and social media contributions, and a "hot topics" section which features WTMJ radio afternoon host Jeff Wagner among the regular panelists. Green Bay sister station WGBA-TV added simulcasts of WTMJ's morning and noon newscasts on July 14, 2008, with WGBA producing local weather inserts using its own meteorologists in place of the WTMJ-produced weather segments. The simulcast ended in early 2009, due to viewer disinterest in Milwaukee-focused news (WGBA relaunched a local morning newscast in January 2011). WTMJ also began to produce forecasts for WGBA to air during its weekend newscasts. Until April 2013, when Larry McCarren became WGBA's sports director, all sports segments on WGBA were produced by WTMJ.
On April 7, 2009, WTMJ became the first television station in Milwaukee and the second in Wisconsin (behind CBS affiliate WISC-TV in Madison) to begin broadcasting its local newscasts and other local programming in high definition. With the conversion, a new music package (High Velocity by 615 Music) and graphics from Renderon Broadcast Design (the main graphics company for all Journal Broadcast Group stations, which has also developed Scripps' standardized graphics packages since 2008) was introduced. Segments broadcast from the main studio and news video from the field are presented in the format, as with most of the station's live units and skycam system. The rest of the station's skycams and "Chopper 4" are equipped for digital widescreen and upconverted for HD broadcast in WTMJ's production control room. On August 13, 2012, WTMJ moved all newscasts from Studio A to a temporary set in Studio D to make way for the construction of a new set; the new main news set in Studio A was launched on September 9, 2012 during the 5:00 p.m. newscast.
The station dropped its 6:30 p.m. newscast on April 11, 2011, replacing it with Access Hollywood (which previously aired on WTMJ from its September 1995 debut until it moved Late Night to its network-mandated 11:35 p.m. slot in 2000; Access moved to WTMJ after WISN expanded its 10:00 p.m. newscast to one hour in January 2011, the consequence of this being WISN moving the newsmagazine from its longtime 10:30 p.m. slot to 12:30 a.m. and NBCUniversal Television Distribution asking for an early release from its contract in order to move to WTMJ). On February 4, 2013, the station debuted the locally produced newsmagazine Wisconsin Tonight in the 6:30 p.m. timeslot (which airs on digital channel 4.2 twice a week during Packers season due to its broadcasts of Packers Live on Mondays and the Packers coach's show on Tuesdays; Access Hollywood moved to 1:35 a.m., before it moved to WITI on September 8, 2014, in an 11:35 p.m. slot; its companion talk show Access Hollywood Live was restored by WTMJ in the 2:00 p.m. slot on September 15, 2014). In October 2014, WGBA debuted its own version of Wisconsin Tonight that incorporates some content from WTMJ, airing on nights when it does not air Packers-related programming. On January 20, 2014, WTMJ officially expanded the weekday editions of Live at Daybreak to 4:30 a.m., becoming the last of the market's four television news outlets to expand their morning newscasts to the slot; it had effectively begun to do so two weeks earlier due to that month's record cold temperatures requiring early coverage of school and business closings. On January 21, 2016, Wisconsin Tonight was replaced with Scripps' station-wide concept The Now. It switched from the final Journal-instituted graphics package to the current Scripps corporate package on May 5, 2016.
The 3:00 p.m. newscast ended on September 11, 2015, and was replaced the following Monday (September 14) by the freshman syndicated lifestyle talk show FABLife (which only lasted one season); the replacement of the newscast with syndicated programming was planned before the Scripps acquisition was announced. On September 19, the Saturday morning newscast was moved to 5:00-7:00 a.m. (having previously aired from 8:00-10:00 a.m. after Today, which it aired live at 6:00 a.m.); the Sunday morning newscast was also moved to 5:00-7:00 a.m. and Meet the Press is aired live from NBC's Eastern Time Zone feed rather than on a one-hour tape delay as the station has done for years and to allow better scheduling flow to allow the station to meet educational programming quotas (through NBC's children's program block) on weekends when heavy sports pre-emptions occur, as well as to allow Packers Today to air in the hour before the network pre-game shows during the NFL season. Before the aforementioned reductions, Channel 4 was one of the few Big Three stations in the United States that had a weekly news programming total exceeding 40 hours (which is more common with news-producing affiliates of the post-1986 broadcast networks, such as Fox affiliate WITI locally).
The 1962 Milwaukee Braves season was the tenth for the franchise in Milwaukee and 92nd overall.
The fifth-place Braves finished the season with a 86–76 (.531) record, 15½ games behind the National League champion San Francisco Giants. The home attendance at County Stadium was 766,921, eighth in the ten-team National League. It was the Braves' first season under one million in Milwaukee.
After this season in November, owner Lou Perini sold the franchise for $5.5 million to a Chicago group led by 34-year-old insurance executive William Bartholomay. Perini retained a 10% interest in the club and sat on the board of directors for a number of years.
Ten years after the final television broadcasts in Boston, broadcasts of Braves games returned to a new channel, WTMJ-TV, giving Milwaukee television viewers a chance to watch the games at home.Arthur Olszyk
Arthur L. Olszyk (1923–1996) was a pioneer in Milwaukee television news.
Olszyk was born in Milwaukee in 1923. He graduated from Pulaski High School and afterward studied journalism at Marquette University. Immediately after graduation from Marquette in 1944, Olszyk began his career in broadcast journalism at WTMJ-AM. He remained with WTMJ, working in both radio and in television at WTMJ-TV, until his retirement in 1980. Olszyk received the By-Line Award from Marquette's School of Journalism in 1978, and in 1987 was inducted into the Milwaukee Press Club Hall of Fame. After retirement from WTMJ Olszyk taught broadcast journalism at Marquette University for seven years until his second retirement in 1987. Arthur Olszyk died on November 29, 1996 at age 73.
Olszyk began his career in television news before many people even knew about the medium. Some the earliest TV shows he produced were the weekly program Around Town, which was launched in 1948; Milwaukee Newsreel, in the 1950s; and the later daily documentaries, Special Assignment.
While at WTMJ Olszyk served as assistant news editor under Jack Krueger from 1953 to 1963. Promoted to news editor for WTMJ-TV in 1963, he remained at that position until his retirement. In 1993 he published the book, Live At the Scene: Local TV News in Milwaukee, 1944-1980.Channel 28 digital TV stations in the United States
The following television stations broadcast on digital channel 28 in the United States:
K23IY-D in Weatherford, Oklahoma
K28AD-D in Montrose, Colorado
K28CQ-D in Hood River, Oregon
K28CS-D in Pahrump, Nevada
K28CW-D in Flagstaff, Arizona
K28CY-D in Lewiston, California
K28DB-D in Fall River Mills, California
K28DJ-D in Broken Bow, Oklahoma
K28EA-D in Washington, Utah
K28EB-D in Cortez, etc., Colorado
K28EU-D in Laughlin, etc., Nevada
K28FP-D in Astoria, Oregon
K28FT-D in Milton-Freewater, Oregon
K28FW-D in Peetz, Colorado
K28GC-D in Gothenburg, Nebraska
K28GD-D in Heppner, etc., Oregon
K28GE in Woodland Park, Colorado
K28GF-D in Cimarron, New Mexico
K28GG-D in Medford, Oregon
K28GI-D in Guymon, Oklahoma
K28GJ-D in Hatch, New Mexico
K28GM-D in Rural Garfield County, Utah
K28GT-D in Crownpoint, New Mexico
K28GV-D in Tres Piedras, New Mexico
K28GX-D in Walker Lake, Nevada
K28GY-D in Santa Barbara, etc., California
K28HA-D in Grand Valley, Colorado
K28HI-D in Breckenridge/Dillon, Colorado
K28HL-D in Riverton, Wyoming
K28IF-D in Willmar, Minnesota
K28IH-D in Rainier, Oregon
K28IT-D in Kanab, Utah
K28IX-D in Pleasant Valley, Colorado
K28IZ-D in Ely, Nevada
K28JC-D in Enterprise, Oregon
K28JD-D in Fort Madison, Iowa
K28JH-D in Yuma, Colorado
K28JK in Huntsville/Liberty, Utah
K28JL-D in Morgan, etc., Utah
K28JM-D in Waimea, Hawaii
K28JN-D in Manti, etc., Utah
K28JR-D in Wanship, Utah
K28JS-D in Samak, Utah
K28JU-D in Rock Springs, etc., Wyoming
K28JV-D in Hilo, Hawaii
K28JX-D in Alva - Cherokee, Oklahoma
K28JY-D in Carbondale, Colorado
K28KC-D in Canon City, Colorado
K28KI-D in Roseburg, Oregon
K28KJ-D in Chelan, Washington
K28KK-D in Decorah, Iowa
K28KM-D in Clareton, Wyoming
K28KN-D in Emery, Utah
K28KO-D in Sweetgrass, etc., Montana
K28KP-D in Clear Creek, Utah
K28KQ-D in Ferron, Utah
K28KR-D in Huntington, Utah
K28KS-D in East Price, Utah
K28KU-D in Crested Butte, Colorado
K28KV-D in Turkey, Texas
K28KW-D in Sunnyside, Washington
K28LA-D in Yreka, California
K28LC-D in Redding, California
K28LE-D in Idaho Falls, Idaho
K28LG-D in Bridger, etc., Montana
K28LH-D in Beowawe, Nevada
K28LK-D in Silver City, New Mexico
K28LL-D in Redwood Falls, Minnesota
K28LM-D in Eureka, Nevada
K28LN-D in Orr, Minnesota
K28LO-D in Paisley, Oregon
K28LV-D in Tabiona & Myton, Utah
K28MJ-D in Tillamook, Oregon
K28MK-D in Phillips County, Montana
K28NK-D in Holbrook, Idaho
K28NN-D in Wailuku, Hawaii
K28NT-D in Bentonville & Rogers, Arkansas
K28NU-D in Buffalo, Oklahoma
K28NV-D in Ponca City, Oklahoma
K28OB-D in Plentywood, Montana
K28OD-D in Powers, Oregon
K28OG-D in Kalispell & Lakeside, Montana
K28QE-D in Caballo, New Mexico
K38AI-D in Cottonwood, Arizona
K39JK-D in Montoya & Newkirk, New Mexico
K40MP-D in Madras, Oregon
K45KO-D in Castle Rock, etc., Montana
K48EF-D in Sapinero, Colorado
K51JB-D in Florence, Oregon
KATC in Lafayette, Louisiana
KAWB in Brainerd, Minnesota
KAYU-TV in Spokane, Washington
KBVU in Eureka, California
KCET in Los Angeles, California
KCJO-LD in Saint Joseph, Missouri
KCNZ-CD in San Francisco, California
KDTV-CD in Santa Rosa, California
KEAM-LD in Amarillo, Texas
KFDX-TV in Wichita Falls, Texas
KHNE-TV in Hastings, Nebraska
KHPK-LD in De Soto, Texas
KHPX-CD in Georgetown, Texas
KILW-LD in Rochester, Minnesota
KIRO-TV in Mount Vernon, Washington
KKPM-CD in Chico, California
KLPD-LD in Denver, Colorado
KMMW-LD in Stockton, California
KMPH-TV in Visalia, California
KNLD-LD in New Orleans, Louisiana
KOZL-TV in Springfield, Missouri
KPBT-TV in Odessa, Texas
KSIN-TV in Sioux City, Iowa
KSPK-LD in Walsenburg, Colorado
KSTU in Salt Lake City, Utah
KTBS-TV in Shreveport, Louisiana
KTPX-TV in Okmulgee, Oklahoma
KTVA in Anchorage, Alaska
KUAS-TV in Tucson, Arizona
KUGB-CD in Houston, Texas
KUNU-LD in Victoria, Texas
KVMM-CD in Santa Barbara, California
KVPX-LD in Las Vegas, Nevada
KWYB-LD in Bozeman, Montana
KYLE-TV in Bryan, Texas
KYUU-LD in Boise, Idaho
KYVV-TV in Del Rio, Texas
W28CJ-D in Manteo, North Carolina
W28DA-D in Pittsfield, Massachusetts
W28DB-D in Honea Path, South Carolina
W28DD-D in Louisa, Kentucky
W28DO-D in Elmira, New York
W28DP-D in Pottsville, Pennsylvania
W28DQ-D in Windsor, Vermont
W28DR-D in Cedarville, West Virginia
W28DY-D in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan
W28EE-D in Canton, etc., North Carolina
W28EH-D in Adjuntas, Puerto Rico
W28EQ-D in Utuado, Puerto Rico
W28ES-D in Port Jervis, New York
WBRE-TV in Waymart, Pennsylvania
WCBZ-CD in Marion, Ohio
WCPB in Salisbury, Maryland
WDTO-LD in Orlando, Florida
WDWW-LD in Cleveland, Georgia
WDYL-LD in Louisville, Kentucky
WFLX in West Palm Beach, Florida
WFPA-CD in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
WFPT in Frederick, Maryland
WFXQ-CD in Springfield, Massachusetts
WGFL in High Springs, Florida
WGTB-CD in Charlotte, North Carolina
WKAQ-TV in San Juan, Puerto Rico
WKUW-LD in White House, Tennessee
WNBC in New York, New York
WPTO in Oxford, Ohio
WQXT-CD in St. Augustine, Florida
WRDC in Durham, North Carolina
WREG-TV in Memphis, Tennessee
WRJA-TV in Sumter, South Carolina
WSJV in Elkhart, Indiana
WTAM-LD in Tampa, Florida
WTGS in Hardeeville, South Carolina
WTMJ-TV in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
WTTO in Homewood, Alabama
WTVW in Evansville, Indiana
WUAB in Lorain, Ohio
WUDZ-LD in Terre Haute, Indiana
WUHF in Rochester, New York
WWBK-LD in Richmond, Virginia
WWDG-CD in Rome, New York
WXOW in La Crosse, Wisconsin
WYOW in Eagle River, Wisconsin
WYZZ-TV in Bloomington, IllinoisThe following television stations, which are no longer licensed, formerly broadcast on digital channel 28:
KOXI-LD in Camas, Washington
WCMZ-TV in Flint, Michigan
WVTX-CD in Bridgeport, OhioChris Bury
Christopher Robert "Chris" Bury (born December 10, 1953) is an American journalist at Al Jazeera America, where he is a correspondent for America Tonight. He is best known for being a correspondent at ABC News Nightline, where he also served as substitute anchor. Bury was also a national correspondent based in Chicago for World News with Diane Sawyer and Good Morning America.
Bury began his career in journalism in 1975 as a reporter for WCLX Radio in La Crosse, Wisconsin. From 1979 to 1980, he served as an instructor at Marquette University's College of Journalism.
He then moved on to Milwaukee station WTMJ-TV, where he served as a political and investigative reporter. In January 1981, he served as co-host and reporter for "EXTRA," an award-winning television program at KTVI-TV in St. Louis. From 1981 to 1982, Bury was a reporter with KPRC-TV in Houston.
In 1982, he joined ABC News as a general assignment reporter based in Chicago. In 1992, Bury was assigned full-time coverage of Bill Clinton's Presidential campaign for World News Tonight, and was relocated to Nightline in Washington, D.C. after the inauguration, where he served as a correspondent and anchor until 2007.
Bury received a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Southern Illinois University Carbondale and a Master of Arts in political science from the University of Wisconsin–Madison.
He is married to CBS WBBM Radio News Anchor, Catherine Catalane; they have two sons, Jack and Charlie.Diane Pathieu
Diane Pathieu is an American television anchor who works for WLS-TV in Chicago.Jim Bittermann
Jim Bittermann is Senior European correspondent for CNN since 1996.Jim Ott
Jim Ott (born June 5, 1947) is a Wisconsin politician and former television meteorologist.
Ott serves in the Wisconsin State Assembly representing District 23. Prior to being elected to the Assembly, he was a broadcast meteorologist in Milwaukee for Journal Communications's WTMJ-TV and Radio.Journal Media Group
Journal Media Group (formerly Journal Communications) was a Milwaukee, Wisconsin-based newspaper publishing company. The company's roots were first established in 1882 as the owner of its namesake, the Milwaukee Journal, and expanded into broadcasting with the establishment of WTMJ radio and WTMJ-TV, and the acquisition of other television and radio stations.
On April 1, 2015, the E. W. Scripps Company acquired Journal Communications, and spun out the publishing operations of both Scripps and Journal into a new company known as Journal Media Group. It is led by Timothy E. Stautberg—the former head of Scripps' newspaper business, joined by previous Journal CEO Stephen J. Smith as a chairman. In 2016, Journal Media Group was acquired by Gannett.Larry McCarren
Larry Anthony McCarren (born November 9, 1951 in Park Forest, Illinois) is a former American football player for twelve seasons in the National Football League with the Green Bay Packers. McCarren had a long career as the Packers' starting center. He was named to the Pro Bowl in 1982 and 1983. After his playing career ended, he was inducted in the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame.
He began a television and radio broadcasting career in 1988 at WFRV-TV and he was named the Wisconsin Sportscaster of the Year four times. McCarren has been working on the Packers Radio Network as the color commentator for the Packers' radio broadcasts since 1995.Lisa Cabrera
Lisa Cabrera (raised in Washington, Pennsylvania) is an American TV News Reporter and Host. She is currently a freelance TV reporter and Host living in New York City with her husband and daughter. Cabrera was formerly a fill-in Anchor and Reporter for FOX5 WNYW-TV in New York City.
Cabrera attended college at the University of Tampa, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English and Writing. Cabrera began her broadcasting career in Colorado, where she served in positions like writer, photographer, editor, reporter and anchor for various stations including KJCT in Grand Junction and KOAA in Colorado Springs. From there, Cabrera took a reporting position in West Palm Beach, Florida where she was a reporter and fill-in anchor. In February 1996, Cabrera joined as a reporter and fill-in anchor at NBC's WTMJ-TV in Milwaukee.
Lisa moved to Miami and in 1998 becoming the Entertainment Reporter for the now-defunct Barry Diller operation, WAMI-TV from April 1998-April 1999. She also served as a co-host on a daily sports show broadcast live on South Beach. She jumped to WFOR-TV CBS4 and UPN33 where she served as weekend anchor/reporter.
FOX5 WNYW brought Cabrera to New York in 2005. She served as a fill-in Anchor and Reporter.
On May 2, 2006, Cabrera was giving a live report from New York's Union Square, when a man walked behind her and dropped his pants. Cabrera was unaware of what was going on and finished her live report, the man put his pants back on and left.
Cabrera left WNYW in the latter part of 2007 to start a family.Mike Jacobs
Mike or Michael Jacobs may refer to:
Mike Jacobs (first baseman) (born 1980), American baseball player; first North American in professional sports to be tested positive for HGH
Mike Jacobs (shortstop) (1877–1949), played for the Chicago Cubs
Mike Jacobs (boxing) (1880–1953), American boxing promoter and member of the International Boxing Hall of Fame
Mike Jacobs (Georgia politician), representing District 80 in the Georgia House of Representatives
Mike Jacobs (Illinois politician) (born 1960), Illinois State Senator
Michael Jacobs (producer) (born 1955), American film and TV producer
Michael A. Jacobs (1860–1936), American businessman and politician
Michael J. Jacobs (born 1952), English photojournalist
Michael Jacobs (footballer) (born 1991), English footballer
Michael Jacobs (art and travel writer) (1952–2014)
Michael Jacobs (economist) (born 1960), British economist
Michael Jacobs (activist), Dutch activist
Mike Jacobs, guitarist and songwriter for bands including The Pasties and Evil Jake
Mike Jacobs, former news anchor for WTMJ-TV in Milwaukee from 1977–2015Packers Radio Network
The Packers Radio Network is a broadcast radio network and the official radio broadcaster of the Green Bay Packers football team. The network's flagship is the Good Karma Brands's WTMJ in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, which has broadcast the games since November 24, 1929, and was the former flagship station of Journal Communications until the E. W. Scripps Company and Journal completed their broadcast merger and publishing spin-off on April 1, 2015 (Good Karma took over WTMJ's operations on November 1, 2018 upon Scripps' second withdrawal from radio). This is one of the few arrangements where a team's flagship radio station is not based in their home market and the local station serves as a network affiliate only, as WTMJ's signal to Green Bay and most of Wisconsin's population centers is city-grade; the rights for Packers games in the Green Bay area have bounced between Midwest Communications and Cumulus Media throughout the last few years, while stations carrying the games owned by Woodward Communications which nominally serve the Fox Cities exclusively have equally heavy listenership in Green Bay.
An internal Part 15 radio station featuring the Packers Radio Network play-by-play, along with public address and scoreboard announcements, serves the area surrounding Lambeau Field during Packers home games to provide the game call to those in attendance without the delay experienced by the uploading of the network feed via satellite. The feed is on a non-standard FM frequency which requires purchase of a special radio tuner from the team's pro shop to listen to that signal clearly, though it is audible with cross-channel interference from Wisconsin Public Radio's WPNE at 87.5 FM on regular tuners.
The Green Bay stations designated below in the table are considered additional "primary" stations in the network. This designation only truly comes to use in the later stages of the NFL Playoffs if the Packers make it to the NFC Championship Game and the Super Bowl, where those primary stations can carry the Packers Radio Network local call. All other network stations, including those licensed to communities in the Fox Cities, must carry the national Westwood One call instead in line with NFL rules.
In situations where Milwaukee Brewers baseball playoff games conflict with Packers games (WTMJ and Good Karma Brands also originate that team's broadcasts as the Brewers Radio Network) in September and October, WTMJ's FM sister station WKTI (94.5) originates the games in Milwaukee, with other stations in the Packers Radio Network making their own determinations about carriage of both games depending on whether they have a sister station to broadcast both games. WTMJ is simulcast on HD Radio over WKTI-HD2, in addition to the main AM signal's HD broadcast. Despite the NFL's Game Pass service nominally restricting WTMJ from streaming PRN coverage over the Internet, the station has streamed the team's games since the 2011 season, outside playoff games, though the streaming has been limited to desktop computers as of the 2015 NFL season due to both the new Game Pass package and TuneIn's premium service holding streaming rights for NFL play-by-play on mobile devices.
Its primary programming consists of broadcasts of Packer home and away games to a network of 56 stations in Wisconsin, the U.P., Iowa, North Dakota, and South Dakota, along with a two-hour pre-game show and three-hour postgame show which allows listeners to call, email, or text in a sports talk format about the finished game. Wayne Larrivee has been the play-by-play announcer since 1999, while former Packer center Larry McCarren has worked as the color commentator since 1995. Both Larrivee and McCarren contribute to the team's television programs, in addition to work with WTMJ's television sister station WTMJ-TV in Milwaukee and WGBA-TV in Green Bay, where McCarren was sports director from 2013 until 2015 when he began to focus exclusively on his Packers network duties.
Though its broadcasts began in 1929, WTMJ did not begin paying the Packers for broadcast rights until 1943; it paid the team $7500 to broadcast the season. In the early 1930s, there was no exclusive right given to broadcast games, and WHBY, then based in Green Bay, often sent its own announcers to call the game. From 1933 to 1936, three additional stations carried WTMJ's radio broadcasts of Packer games: WLBL in Stevens Point (a non-commercial station owned by the state commerce department decades before the creation of Wisconsin Public Radio), WTAQ in Green Bay and WKBH in La Crosse. WSAW in Wausau and WJMS in Ironwood, Michigan started carrying the feed in 1937.Possibility Playground
Possibility Playground is a playground in Port Washington, Ozaukee County, Wisconsin built to accommodate children with special needs and used by children of all abilities. The playground was the brainchild of Mardy McGarry, a special education teacher at Lincoln Elementary School.
With donations from several local organizations and many individuals, McGarry was able to raise enough money for the building materials. The actual construction was done by thousands of volunteers, beginning in September 2008 and completed within six days. Opened in October 2008, the playground has equipment that accommodates the disabilities of special needs children so that they can navigate the playground with ease.RCA TK-40/41
The RCA TK-40 is considered to be the first practical color television camera, initially used for special broadcasts in late 1953, and with the follow-on TK-40A actually becoming the first to be produced in quantity in March 1954. The TK-40 was produced by RCA Broadcast to showcase the new compatible color system for NTSC—eventually named NTSC-M or simply M—which the company is credited with inventing (though several other companies including Philco were involved in development). Color had been attempted many times before, often in a semi-mechanical fashion, but this was the first series of practical, fully electronic cameras to go into widespread production.
The camera was quickly followed with the TK-41, a line that shared a very similar shape, but featured streamlined and enhanced electronic subsystems. Earlier TK-40s are distinguished by the lack of venting slots on the sides (the cameras were prone to overheating, necessitating the addition of these openings). The last variation of the TK-41 was the TK-41C, released circa 1960. The cameras are considered to have been of very good quality, better than the very different TK-42 which succeeded the TK-40/41, and probably better than anything produced by RCA for several years after the production line shut down (NBC didn't fully replace their TK-41s in Rockefeller Center or their Burbank, California broadcast facility until the release of the TK-44A around 1968). Prior development in the late 1940s and early 1950s had included the TK-X (for "experimental").
An image (beam) splitter was used in the TK-40/41 to direct the incoming light into three image orthicon tubes for recording moving pictures in the red, green, and blue component colors. The early cameras required a very large amount of lighting, which caused television studios to become very warm due to the use of multi-kilowatt lamps (a problem that still exists somewhat today, but is less pronounced). The RCA TK-40 and TK-41 color cameras required more than an hour to set up and were comparatively unstable, making frequent adjustment necessary to maintain correct color balance between the red, green, and blue primary colors. These cameras also required complicated control consoles and rack-mounted power supplies for the camera's many vacuum tubes and ventilator fans cooling their large image orthicon tubes.
The cameras, which weighed hundreds of pounds on their own, were only one component of the TK-40/41 system. There were also backend devices placed in the control rooms (camera control units and colorplexers) to generate both full NTSC outputs routed to the program switchers as well as signals for the cameras for both video and intercom communication among crew members (the cameras integrated an audio system so that camera operators could talk to others via headsets). This combined chain was required in order to produce images. The TK-41's camera head weighed 300 pounds (136 kg) and had to be carried by at least two people when setting up for remote broadcasts.
The TK-40 was used for a color telecast of the opera Carmen on October 31, 1953, apparently on a closed-circuit system (monochrome images were apparently broadcast with the color burst removed). The first commercial telecast was of the Colgate Comedy Hour with Donald O'Connor on November 22, but the color burst may have again been removed. The Federal Communications Commission finally approved the color system for use on December 17 of that year, allowing telecasts to begin 30 days later. Special permission was received to broadcast the Tournament of Roses Parade on January 1, 1954. Patti Page and her The Big Record show for CBS was the first television show broadcast in color for the entire 1957-1958 season. The live broadcast was staged in the now famous Ed Sullivan Theatre and production costs were greater than most movies were at the time not only because of all the stars featured on the hour-long extravaganza but the extreme high intensity lighting and electronics required for the new RCA TK-40 cameras.
TK-40A camera setups were brought to several TV stations around the country as part of demonstrations throughout the year, including: WKY, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (April 8); WBAP, Fort Worth, Texas (May 15); WTMJ-TV, Milwaukee, Wisconsin (July 18); WBEN Buffalo, New York; WCCO Minneapolis, Minnesota, (August 5); and KTLA Los Angeles, California.TheCoolTV
TheCoolTV is a defunct digital broadcast television network and online music video "jukebox" streaming service owned by Cool Music Network, LLC of Lawrence, Kansas.The Mike Schneider Polka Band
The Mike Schneider Polka Band from Milwaukee, Wisconsin is a Slovenian-style polka group that performs at approximately 100 events annually in Wisconsin and throughout the United States. Founded in 1996 by Mike Schneider, the band is a four-time award winner and 16-time nominee from such organizations as the National Cleveland Style Polka Hall of Fame, the Wisconsin Polka Boosters, the Wisconsin Polka Hall of Fame, the Wisconsin Polka Music Awards, and the Wisconsin Area Music Industry (WAMI).
The Mike Schneider Polka Band was the featured subject of the September 15, 2005-edition of the show Positively Milwaukee on WTMJ-TV for its work on the Wisconsin Polka, a benefit project for Children's Hospital of Wisconsin. It was also featured on "Food Nation with Bobby Flay" on the Food Network in 2002. Bandleader Schneider was the subject of the lead story "Kids Dig Polka" in the October 24, 1997 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.The Mike Schneider Polka Band was influenced musically by Frankie Yankovic and Verne Meisner.WGBA-TV
WGBA-TV, virtual channel 26 (UHF digital channel 14), is an NBC-affiliated television station licensed to Green Bay, Wisconsin, United States. The station is owned by the E. W. Scripps Company, as part of a duopoly with Appleton-licensed MyNetworkTV affiliate WACY-TV (channel 32). The two stations share studios on North Road alongside the WIS 172 freeway in Ashwaubenon (with a Green Bay postal address); WGBA's transmitter is located in the unincorporated community of Shirley, east of De Pere.
On cable, the station is available on channel 13 on Charter Spectrum (channel 8 on Charter's legacy Fond du Lac system]), channel 7 on CenturyLink and Comcast Xfinity in Manitowoc, either channel 7 or channel 10 in most outlying areas of the market, and channel 26 on AT&T U-verse.WTMJ (AM)
WTMJ (620) is an AM radio station in Milwaukee, Wisconsin carrying a news/talk format, along with several local professional sports teams' play-by-play. WTMJ also simulcasts on an FM translator, W277CV (103.3). The station is owned by Good Karma Brands along with ESPN Radio affiliates WAUK and WKTI. Established in 1927 by The Milwaukee Journal, the station was the flagship radio station of the Journal Broadcast Group until April 2015, when it came under the ownership of the E. W. Scripps Company. JBG also owned the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, WTMJ-TV and sister radio station WKTI, along with other media assets across the U.S. (WTMJ remained owned with WTMJ-TV and WKTI until Good Karma acquired the radio stations in 2018, with the Journal Sentinel owned by the Journal Media Group spin-off until its April 2016 merger with Gannett).
WTMJ maintains studio facilities located on Capitol Drive in Milwaukee (this Art Deco facility is known as "Radio City" in tribute to the New York complex of the same name), and its transmitter is located in Union Grove. As of February 22, 2018, WTMJ's HD Radio simulcast on WKTI-HD2 (which launched after Scripps' assumption of ownership) is translated within the core Milwaukee metro in analog form on W277CV (103.3), which is licensed to Milwaukee and transmits from the WTMJ-TV/WKTI tower just north of Radio City. WTMJ and WKTI are the two stations in southeastern Wisconsin responsible for Emergency Alert System alerts as a primary entry point for the state's EAS system.The station also has served as the flagship outlet for Green Bay Packers, Milwaukee Bucks and Milwaukee Brewers games for most of the teams' histories, with Packers broadcasts airing on WTMJ since 1929.Yolanda Brown (singer)
Yolanda Rose "LaLa" Brown (May 20, 1986 – October 19, 2007) was an American R&B singer best known for being featured on the track
"S.E.X." with Lyfe Jennings, which reached #3 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and peaked at #37 on the Billboard Hot 100 in October 2006. Brown and her producer JeTannue "Kool Aid" Clayborn were murdered October 19, 2007 at their studio in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The case remains unsolved as of 2015.
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