Milwaukee Media Notes: Lions & Favre, Harvey & Harley, oh my!


Once summer at Boy Scout camp I went on a snipe hunt.

Adults sent me and others into the woods at night with a bag and flashlight to lure and capture the elusive snipe. Whatever they are.

When we returned to camp empty-handed, the adults were all eating S’mores and laughing at us from around the campfire.

News of a lion loose in the Milwaukee area feels a bit like a snipe hunt and invites comparisons to other myths and distractions, like Rhinelander’s Hodag and shark attacks.

But the visual evidence is compelling.

Unlike the snipe or Hodag, this thing exists, if cell phone video is to be believed. And cell phone video proof of it is critical to keeping this narrative alive and to helping it spread it spread virally.

Someone call Siegried & Roy. The animal’s supple gait tells you this is not a dog or large cat.

One expert, okay my neighbor, makes a convincing case that the the animal’s muscular condition suggests it is not feral. It has been domesticated, perhaps by someone for whom a pit bull did not provide enough aggression.

No one has claimed responsibility or ownership, and the police have been swamped with media requests. An abandoned pitbull, meanwhile, was shot overnight when it was mistaken for the lion.


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Locally plenty of media types have tweeted about it and the story ended up on the front page of Thursday’s Journal Sentinel.

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The JS story cited a DNR scientist saying no scat or paw prints were found. But on Thursday “Today” Show reporter Craig Nelson on the scene lifted a small bucket to reveal a paw print.

“Look for it on Mane Street,” advised Al Roker.




My blog item yesterday about the appointment of WYMS-FM (88.9) host Jordan Lee – aka DJ Madhatter – as Radio Milwaukee program director, mentioned that he would no longer do the morning show and wondered who would replace him.

Since then the station has released a first name only schedule.

6-10 a.m. Dori: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Marcus; 2 – 6 p.m. Ken; 6 – 9 p.m. Nate; 9 – midnight, Tarik; Friday 10 p.m. – midnight, Rhythm Lab;

Find bios for all of them here.

Dori is a Milwaukee native and hosted the Girlina Show on WMSE-FM in the 1980s. For the past 20-years she has “used the public radio airwaves to turn your cubicle into an afternoon dance party.”




WMYX-FM (99.1) morning show co-host Elizabeth Kay was a guest on the “Steve Harvey Show” Thursday during a segment called “Ask Steve.” The show aired on WISN-TV (Channel 12).

In the segment Kay, introduced by anchor Toya Washington, claims she is a bikini wearing Harley rider and asks Harvey how she can break it to her grandmother: “She’s gonna die when she finds out.”

Harvey’s advice: Don’t let her find out.

“What are gonna do drive over half nekkid to your grandmas house? (Take) your Bible.”





—Last Saturday’s Brett Favre-apalooza did so well in the local TV ratings last Saturday, WTMJ-TV (Channel 4) will air it twice.

The Packers Special produced by the station, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. earned an 11.3 rating.

The Hall of Fame induction ceremony that followed it earned a whopping 14.

Suffice it to say it trounced anything  else that aired that night and vaulted the station’s 10 p.m. newscast into first place. A local rating point is the equivalent of 8,932 television homes.

WTMJ is repeating the special Friday from 6:30 to 9 p.m.
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High interest in the Packers is eternal and such strong ratings for a ceremony bodes well for the upcoming pre-season games, also airing exclusively on WTMJ-TV, flagship of the Packer TV network.

WTMJ’s first pre-season game is Aug. 13, against New England, the Pat’s first game post Super Bowl victory and Deflategate. Once the season starts however, all four network affiliates will have a bite at the Packer green & gold apple:

Fox affiliate WITI-TV (Channel 6) begins Sept. 13 at the Bears;

WISN-TV (Channel 12) will carry ESPN’s Sept. 28 game against Kansas City;

CBS affiliate WDJT-TV (Channel 58) gets two consecutive games, Oct. 11 against St. Louis, and  Oct. 18 against San Diego;

And WTMJ will carry NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” against Packer nemesis Seattle Sept. 20.

Here’s a complete schedule, plan your weekends around it.




Let’s close with a Cute Attack.

In this heartwarming stunt WTMJ meteorologist Jesse Ritka posed a group of girl scouts in her shot, and used their vests as green screen.

You can see traffic moving across their bodies.

What color are you not supposed to wear on TV, Ritka asks them? Green, they reply.

And what color are your vests?




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