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John Jagler, left, is leaving his morning show co-host Gene Mueller.
John Jagler, left, is leaving his morning show co-host Gene Mueller.

John Jagler leaving WTMJ-AM

John Jagler gave a good clue Friday of a big change coming when he changed his Twitter handle from @wtmjohn to @johnjagler, and he confirms this morning that he's leaving WTMJ-AM (620) after a decade and a half.

Jagler is signing off this coming Friday from "Wisconsin's Morning News," as the 5 to 8:30 a.m. show is called.

Word is that his morning show duties were being changed so that he was more a news reader than a co-host, and that he decided to leave and pursue other options.

There's also talk that he has a job lined up in Madison.

Jagler's not talking about any of that. But he did confirm his imminent departure.

"I'm open to opportunities outside the business," Jagler tells me. But radio is his love, and he wants to stay in front of the microphone.

"Provided I can do the kind of radio that I want to listen to -- and that's personality-driven. There's so many opportunities and availability to get info -- it always meant so much that people came to us to get it."

The 41-year-old Jagler has been doing mornings for 10 years, and has been at WTMJ for over 15 years. He's enjoyed his pairing with Gene Mueller, which he says is the kind of "personality-driven" radio that he's talking about.

"That kind of radio may be gone forever," he says, citing the change to portable people meters in measuring radio ratings. In the information format, the model is less personality and more dry news reading.

As for the effect of the change on his life, Jagler says, "It's going to be good for my health, not getting up at 1 a.m."

Christmas music on Milwaukee radio came later this year for the second year in a row.
Christmas music on Milwaukee radio came later this year for the second year in a row.

It's Christmas 2010 on Milwaukee radio

It happened later than last year, but Milwaukee radio has begun the Christmas season with WRIT-FM (95.7) flipping to an all-holiday format at 5 p.m. with Johnny Mathis' "It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas."

Last year, it was WMYX-FM (99.1) that started things off on Nov. 13, followed by WRIT. In 2008, the seasonal format flip happened on Halloween.

This year, Milwaukee radio listening is being measured under a new system, personal people meters, by the Arbitron Co.

Saturday and Sunday morning news returns to Channel 6 next March.
Saturday and Sunday morning news returns to Channel 6 next March.

Back to weekend morning news for Channel 6

Channel 6 is relaunching its weekend morning newscasts next March, two years after they were dropped.

Milwaukee's Fox affiliate announced the move this afternoon, with general manager Chuck Steinmetz saying the weekend news will air from 6 to 9 a.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

Channel 6 had Milwaukee TV's first weekend morning news program, but "suspended" it in 2009 because of the economy. At the time, Steinmetz told me he hoped to resume them when the economy improved.