Milwaukee Media Notes: Chase Cain Redux, “Live & Local” WKTI


In my family we call this vacation weather.

And in fact we did take a few days off in a cloudy, cold Door County that was warmed considerably during a concert Monday by the Jayhawks, who turned in a solid performance like the road dogs they are.

acylCNNJcCVWIAAINPuWe also rode bikes in Peninsula State Park.

And we saw “Ant Man” and “Mission Impossible” at the Skyway Drive-in theater (while @katflanigan snored) listening through the FM radio and the theater’s functioning Cylon-looking old school window speaker (which my automatic windows refused to accept.)

Admission was $8 per person.

They showed “Let’s go to the lobby” type vintage promos and ads for local businesses but sadly no trailers and we bought Twizzlers and Junior Mints from a teenager at the concession stand.

Today’s similar gloomy weather is perfect for housecleaning.


–The Chase Cain story will not die. Cain replaces Caine as the number one searched for story on my blog besting Carole Caine and WKLH.

Cain was hired as a morning and “social media” anchor at WISN-TV (Channel 12) but disappeared from the air after a few weeks and hasn’t heard from since.

The station confirmed they and he parted ways but the circumstances were unclear. One source suggested there was a dispute with management over actual duties.

Cain previously, and briefly, worked at XETV in San Diego, which he joined in 2014. The San Diego Tribune picked up my story on his mysterious departure, and added a few local details.

While XETV Cain worked in San Diego he received “national recognition from a group of hair stylists, which named him runner-up in California for male with (the) best hair in broadcast news.”

“San Diego 6, VP and General Manager Chuck Dunning said, “He left (June 3) on good terms to take the position at WISN. I have no idea what happened at WISN, as we learned about it through an industry website like everyone else.”

Dunning added that the station has had no contact with Chase since he left ‘so I can’t comment on whether he’d return or not.’ ”

Commenters on the TV Spy website which carried my initial report were unkind. He’s  just another guy posting 37 links a day to news out of the market,” said one. “More Twitter clutter. Anyone can do this.”

“Chase is completely full of himself and a flamers flamer,” wrote another.

“His lil rocket to stardom may have just crashed.”


—WMIL-FM has dropped almost three ratings points, among total listeners, since WKTI-FM joined the country music fray, although the newcomer has only increased half a point.

But WKTI’s format switch has had the effect of nudging sister station WTMJ-AM up to second place in the market, despite dropping 1.3 points due in part to the struggles of the Milwaukee Brewers, which are down considerably over last year.

This week the E.W. Scripps station signaled that it was staying in the country format for good, or at least until further notice, by adding the station’s first live personalities. They are:



–Dayton Kane, a Milwaukee native, as program manager and afternoon personality.

Kane worked as PD and morning announcer, for WKSZ and PD of WKZG/WKZY in the Green Bay/Appleton area.

He also worked in Wausau, Cape Girardeau, MO. and Madison.






— Evening announcer Jilene Khan was previously afternoon announcer at country music WLLR in the Quad cities.

Khan grew up in Minnesota and began her radio career in the Minneapolis area.



According to the station: “WKTI will be a different kind of Country station for Milwaukee and Wisconsin. Instead of relying on out-of-state generic voice-tracking, KTI COUNTRY will be a live & local station, with personalities who are active, involved and visible – and make their homes in the community.”

Khan and Kane arrive Aug. 31.


–Oh, yeah. WZTI-AM/FM changed formats again, going from “martini radio” to “rhythmic oldies” to “Milwaukee’s True Oldies” stations. The website link to its latest iteration, however, is not active.


–Oh yeah, part two. Meet Kathryn Chapell, a Lake Geneva native and UW-Madison alum, who became co-anchor of the WDJT-TV (Channel 58) morning newscast with Jessica Tighe. She replaces Nate Kuester.


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  • Caine, Cain, Kane and Khan. Some coming, some going. I don’t envy you trying to keep track of all that.

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