WTMJ-AM hires morning show news anchor

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Unlike its television station sibling, E.W. Scripps Company owned WTMJ-AM (620) has acted relatively quickly to fill the anchor seat on “Wisconsin’s Morning News with Gene Mueller.”

WTMJBonniePetrieThe station has named Bonnie Petrie to fill the position vacated by Jodi Becker in May.

Petrie is a native of Upstate new York, and recently worked at news / talk station KROI  in Houston the nation’s sixth biggest market.

In October that station flipped to a classic hip hop format.

Petrie, who has more than 20 years of broadcast experience, also worked at KRLD in Dallas, and WGY in Albany.

But she is a new name to the Milwaukee morning show market which has seen considerable turnover these past few months with the announced departures of Becker, Jane Matenaer from WDLB, Kidd O’Shea from WMYX and Carole Caine a 29-year veteran of WKLH, which hired Dorene Michaels to replace her.

Petrie starts July 13 and will work on John Mercure’s afternoon broadcast for several weeks before moving to mornings.

The hiring was announced by Tom Langmyer vice president and general manager of Milwaukee radio operations for Scripps.

He said she combines “experience in large news organizations, leadership depth, ideas, great writing ability, work ethic drive, an engaging personality and the passion for being an active part of the community.”

Scripps sister station WTMJ-TV (Channel 4) meanwhile has still not publicly announced its plans to replace veteran news anchor Mike Jacobs.

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