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The Mystery Of WISN Morning Anchor Chase Cain

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Whatever happened to Chase Cain?

A week ago the new WISN-TV (Channel 12) morning show co-anchor was tweeting up a storm about Gov. Walker, Nik Wallenda, gas prices, Whistling Straits and life in the 5th ward with his Twitter feed linked to WISN stories about those events.

On Aug. 4 Cain introduced a segment on the station’s 10 p.m. newscast called “Social Square,” the same name of a social media segment on ABC’s “Good Morning, America.”

This week he has become conspicuous by his absence.

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Local Ratings For PGA At Whistling Straits Double Last Year

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Weekend ratings suggest major interest in the PGA championship played in our own backyard.

Overnight ratings for WDJT-TV (Channel 58) during the CBS telecast of the 97th PGA championship rounds at the Whistling Straits course in Haven, Wisconsin were approximately double those over last year’s telecast, which was played at the Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Ky.

Obviously local viewers felt invested by the fact that the championship was played nearby.

The numbers below were updated to reflect final ratings:

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Packer Pre-season Game Earns a Wow Rating

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How hungry are people for football?

Thursday night’s pre-season game between Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers and the New England Patriots earned a 28.9 rating on WTMJ-TV (Channel 4) for an audience of approximately 258,134 TV households.

That is 107,000 more television homes than watched the first pre-season game last year. A rating point is the equivalent of 8,932 TV homes.

Perversely Thursday’s game earned its lowest ratings in the first quarter, when Rodgers and New England quarterback Tom Brady were still playing.

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Local Female Broadcasters Have Stalkers, Seek Restraining Orders

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Stranger danger looms over the lives of local female broadcasters like a dark unknown.

“There is a reason we have a gate with barbed wire around the station,” one broadcaster said.

Almost every woman working in local radio and television that I contacted had a tale or two of being stalked or harassed by overzealous listeners.

“Stalking is a huge concern for many females in the business, especially cyberstalking since social media makes so much information available,” said one broadcaster.

“I’ve been lucky enough not to have to deal with it, though it is still scary going into work at 2 or 3 a.m. or leaving work at 11 p.m. and not knowing who may be waiting.”

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State Native New Morning Anchor At WDJT, Replaces Kuester

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Nate Kuester, WDJT-TV (Channel 58) morning news co-anchor beside Jessica Tighe, is leaving this month for a job as weeknight anchor at KNWA-TV in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

Kuester will “return to his roots.” Both he and his wife have family in the area, according to the station.

He is being replaced by Kathryn Chappell, who became morning anchor of WNDU-TV in South Bend, Ind. in 2013.

She is a native of Lake Geneva and UW-Madison alum.

She will anchor weekday newscasts from 4:30am to 7am alongside Jessica Tighe starting Aug. 10.

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Milwaukee Media Notes: Christian, Lion & the Spanish Inquisition.

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What an interesting week it’s been. For me at least.

My first full week behind the Milwaukee Magazine paywall experiment was dominated by coverage of the WKLH-FM story. Both sides were heard.

The next angles will be former morning show co-host Carole Caine getting a new job and the station hiring a new co-host for Dave Luczak, per Saga CEO Ed Christian.

Saga owns Milwaukee Radio Group which owns WKLH.

I was told a couple weeks ago when outcry over Caine’s departure was at its height, that Christian might call and prepared a list of questions that were nowhere to be found when he finally did this week before I had my morning coffee. Nicely played.

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July Sweeps Ratings Results

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In the results of the A.C. Nielsen sweeps ratings for July, WISN-TV (Channel 12) claimed the “most watched” title, WITI-TV (Channel 6) grabbed the 10 p.m. crown and WTMJ-TV (Channel 4) remained steady or flat depending on your perspective, and its morning show improved.

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

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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.

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Milwaukee Media Notes: Saga of Caine & WKLH, Emmys & WTMJ

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My first Milwaukee Magazine Micropayment column is an interview with WKLH-FM (96.5) vice president and general manager Annmarie Topel on the fallout following the departure of morning show co-host Carole Caine. The station believes some of the outcry is part of an organized campaign.

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I was on the road when the Emmy nominations were announced so consider this a belated report on any local connections. The pickings are thin. So please send me any names that I missed.

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Milwaukee Media Notes: Joyner, WDJT, “Save Our Bucks”

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There are a few things going on in the Milwaukee media market not named WKLH and Carole Caine.

They include:

The Journal Sentinel reports that WMJR-FM (98.3) has once again dropped the syndicated “Tom Joyner Show” for the second time in three years. It is being replaced by a morning show hosted by staffer Andrea Williams.

WDJT-TV (Channel 58) has hired veteran broadcast journalist Mark Hanner as assistant news director. Hanner spent six years as producer for CBS’ “The Early Show” and was an assistant news director at NewsChannel8 cable channel in Washington. Hanner’s family is originally from Milwaukee.

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