My friend Drew Olson has a new work address.
The veteran Milwaukee sports journalist / broadcaster â€“Â and former OnMilwaukee.com senior editor â€“ ended an 11-year run as a talk-show host at ESPN Milwaukee (540 AM) last week and will begin a new chapter with The Big 920 (WOKY) on Monday.
"Iâ€™m continuing my career-long quest to drive down the ratings and readership at every outlet in the state," Olson joked. "To quote â€˜The Newsroomâ€™ anchor Will McAvoy, â€˜Progress is slow, but Iâ€™m in it for the long haul.â€™"
Olson, who spent much of his career covering the Brewers beat for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and did freelance work for Fox Sports Wisconsin, remains a contributor on "Big 12 Sports Saturday" on WISN-TV and as baseball analyst for "Bob and Brian in the Morning" on 102.9 The Hog.
"It might seem like Iâ€™ve worked at a lot of places, but by media standards my career has been remarkably stable," said Olson, who will work as a fill-in host at The Big 920 while management decides on a suitable time slot. "Itâ€™s already been a fun ride and Iâ€™m looking forward to whatâ€™s next."
Olson said his split from ESPN Milwaukee, which he characterized as "one of the most amicable partings in radio history," was prompted in large part by the stationâ€™s decision to reduce his two-hour midday show to a single hour in order to make room for "Wilde & Tausch," a program featuring Jason Wilde and former Packers and Badgers offensive lineman Mark Tauscher.
"The easy joke is that Tauscher came in and ate an hour of our show," Olson said of the hulking former tackle. "But, I totally understood the decision. Jason is one of my best friends and those guys are going to be great together."
Olson said his friendship with Colleen Valkoun, who is market president for iHeart Mediaâ€™s Milwaukee cluster, made his decision to leave "a virtual no-brainer."
"I met Colleen years ago when she did sales for Bob & Brian, and I always loved her energy and ideas," said of Valkoun…Read more...