Charlie Sykes To Exit WTMJ/Milwaukee At Year's End
October 4, 2016 at 9:40 AM (PT)
SCRIPPS News-Talk WTMJ-A/MILWAUKEE midday host CHARLIE SYKES will leave his show and his “ SUNDAY INSIGHT” television show on sister NBC affiliate WTMJ-TV (TODAY'S TMJ4) at the end of 2016. On the radio side, noon-3p (CT) host JEFF WAGNER will move up to 8:30-noon to replace SYKES, with a new host to be named for noon-3p.
SYKES, who has drawn national attention for his influence over conservative WISCONSIN politics and his vocal distaste for DONALD TRUMP, has been hosting a daily show on WTMJ for 23 years. He also founded the RIGHTWISCONSIN.CON political website and is known for his active support of the STARS AND STRIPES HONOR FLIGHT and WTMJ’s KIDS2KIDS CHRISTMAS PROGRAM.
“It has been both a pleasure and honor to work here,” said SYKES. “It has been an extraordinary privilege to be a part of the momentous changes that have taken place in WISCONSIN over the last two decades. This is not a decision that I made either lightly or recently and it was not driven by this year’s political season. I made this decision more than a year ago for both professional and very personal reasons. My father died when he was 63, and I will turn 62 this year, so this year has always been circled on my calendar. Frankly, if I was ever going to make a move, it was now. While I am stepping back from my daily radio duties I intend to remain an active voice. I want to write more, travel more and pursue new opportunities.”
“I’ve enjoyed working with CHARLIE since the early '90s, and have always respected his smart, authentic approach to his show. I know his audience appreciates that, too,” said STEVE WEXLER, VP of SCRIPPS RADIO.
“CHARLIE SYKES is one of the most talented broadcasters in AMERICA. His voice is not only an important one in WISCONSIN, but across the country. His daily impact has influenced public thought for decades,” said TOM LANGMYER, WTMJ and WKTI VP/GM and VP, News/Talk/Sports Programming – Radio for SCRIPPS.