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Milwaukee's Daily Magazine for Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014

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A panel of broadcasting noteables will discuss public radio at a East Town Association Coffee Connections event tomorrow.
A panel of broadcasting noteables will discuss public radio at a East Town Association Coffee Connections event tomorrow. (Photo: shutterstock.com)

Panel features range of public radio options in Milwaukee

As part of its Coffee Connections series, the East Town Association will kick off 2014 with a talk on the status of public radio in Milwaukee.

The event will take place from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Thursday at the Grand Salon 3/4 inside the InterContinental Hotel on Kilbourn Avenue.

Former WLUM-FM 102.1 morning radio show host and current WITI-TV Fox 6 "Studio A" reporter Brian Kramp will be the guest moderator of the event.

The panelists include: Tom Crawford, the station manager at WMSE-FM 91.7; Tarik Moody, the digital content manager and on-air host at 88Nine Radio Milwaukee, WYMS-FM; Lisa Nalbandian, the Milwaukee regional manager of Wisconsin Public Radio; and Bruce Winter, the program director at WUWM-FM 89.7.

 

WTMJ-TV Ch. 4 joins the rest of the local commercial news outlets by starting its wekday morning newscast at 4:30 a.m.
WTMJ-TV Ch. 4 joins the rest of the local commercial news outlets by starting its wekday morning newscast at 4:30 a.m.

WTMJ-TV Ch. 4 launches 4:30 a.m. newscast

And then there were four.

Earlier today, WTMJ-TV Ch. 4 officially announced that starting on Monday, its weekday morning newscasts will start at 4:30 a.m.

"People’s morning routines are changing. As more of our viewers are getting up earlier, we want to be right there with them," Steve Wexler, the NBC affiliate’s GM and the executive vice president of Journal Broadcast Group, said in a statement.

The move means the "Live at Daybreak" team, anchored by Susan Kim and Vince Vitrano, will air from 4:30 to 7 a.m. weekdays. Scott Steele provides the weather forecasts each morning and Caitlin Morrall is the traffic reporter.

Now, all commercial TV news operations in Milwaukee will start at 4:30 a.m.

"We want our viewers to leave the house each morning with a feeling they have everything they need to get their day started right," said WTMJ News Director and Vice President of News for Journal Broadcast Group Bill Berra.

"Giving them the option of an earlier newscast is part of that commitment."

WTMJ is the fourth station to be on at 4:30 a.m. with a local newscast. WISN-TV Ch. 12 and WDJT-TV CBS 58 are also on from 4:30 a.m. to 7 a.m. each weekday.

The local Fox affiliate, WITI-TV Ch. 6, is on the longest from 4:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. with its WakeUp newscast. At 9 a.m., the station has its local news and features program "Real Milwaukee."

"Crazy. Stupid. Nuts. Ridiculous (that one came from my own mother). All adjectives folks have shared about our decision to begin ‘Live at Daybreak’ at 4:30 on a regular basis," Vitrano posted on Facebook on Wednesday morning. "Thankfully, I have ‘excited’ to add to the list."

AN INSIDE VIEW

Usually, there’s more to it than just having the idea and making the decision to keep the signal on longer for when a station may expand a local newscast.

Without having all of the details at this time, it is hard to say why the move for WTMJ didn’t happen earlier. But, if I had my best guess at it, it came down to a bunch of numbe…

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Writer and producer Ron Leshem will give a free presenation on Jan. 30 at UW-Milwaukee.
Writer and producer Ron Leshem will give a free presenation on Jan. 30 at UW-Milwaukee.

TV producer involved with "Homeland" to speak at UWM

Perspective is the best commodity when telling a story. One person who gets it is Ron Leshem.

The Academy Award-nominated writer who produced "Prisoners of War," the Israeli series that Showtime's "Homeland" is based on, will talk about what the Israeli TV industry reveals about its culture in a special presentation at 7 p.m. on Jan. 30 at the UW-Milwaukee Golda Meir Library.

The speaking event is sponsored by the Israel Center and Jewish Community Relations Council of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation and The Sam and Helen Stahl Center for Jewish Studies at UWM. The federation is putting on a number of community programs this year as part of its ongoing Israel@65 activities sponsored by the Israel Center to celebrate 65 years of Israeli independence, and the Stahl Center’s 2013-14 series, "Art & Conflict: Ashkenaz and Beyond."

Leshem’s first novel "Beaufort" is a gritty tale, told in a dairy style of a commander stationed at "Beaufort" in the last winter of Israeli occupation.

"Evocative, heartbreaking, and haunting … Leshem’s novel captures the soldiers’ pathos and the claustrophobia of an isolated outpost," the Dallas Morning News wrote about the book. "As they approach withdrawal and the planned demolition of Beaufort, these emotions build to a shattering climax."

In 2009, Leshem wrote "Noloofar," a coming of age story of Kami, a young man who abandons the city of his youth for the bright lights of Teheran, where he falls in love with a race car driver. Their love leads him to underground parties, forbidden drugs, music and desire.

Leshem is a native of Ramat Gan, near Tel Aviv. "Beaufort" won the Sapir Prize – Israel’s top literary award – for 2006, as well as the Yitzhak Sadeh Prize for military literature.

From 1998 to 2002 Leshem served on the editorial board of Yediot Ahronot newspaper, according to his bio. In 2002 he became deputy editor of Maariv newspaper and in 2006 joined the Channel Two television station as deputy director in ch…

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