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."
Sorry to see John Jagler leave tmj. Pleople do NOT like a lot of change at once. With Jon Greene leaving and often an uncertain afternoon schedule with Clarke Howard (played way too much even at night/morning) when we turn in to tmj we don't know whom were are going to hear. Also the very good basketball announcer needs help on the road. People love conversation. That's what made to OLD Greenhouse so good. In the last years after Cianciola was stupidly dumped, the Greenhouse was dull as sawdust. Greene was hardly heard and Big Unit just shoved himself in. Still wich he would go back to Cincinatti. Conversation between good friends is fun to listen to. That is not what we hear very often on tmj. Sikes has a good show because he is knowledgable. But he studders excessively and continually cuts off people in the middle of them making their points. I listen for a while to hear the main topics and then turn him off. He's way too cocky. Jeff Wagner needs to put down his moring cigar and do some research. He often comes off unprepared. He was not this way before.
Sad to see Jagler go. He and Mueller do make a good team, very easy to listen to in the morning. Difficult to know where exactly TMJ is headed but they seem bent on fooling with what really works for the listener. Good luck to John, hope to hear you in the future!
Sad to see John leave as well. He and Mueller do make a good team and they were smooth and easy to listen to in the morning. I'm sure he will land on his feet but it is quite difficult to understand where TMJ is trying to head. Good luck John.
This is sad news. John has been the one constant through the years on the Morning Show. First Phil and now John. Both John and Gene do a good job of not letting their political preferences show when reporting, which is unusual at TMJ. I like Gene a lot, but if Jodi Becker gets a more prominent spot, I'm out. She reads the news well, but as soon as she has free reign to talk, it's unbearable.
It's getting to the point that I can only have the station on when the Brewers and Bucks are on. I guess it'll be my iPod the rest of the time (or time for satellite radio).
Good luck to John on his future endeavors.
I learned a lot from John. And I'm seriously shaken by his departure. One reason I went to WTMJ was to work at a heritage radio station. But with media fragmentation and digital alternatives, it seems like there are no heritage stations any more. Look at what's left of WGN.
Saddest part is, John is a guy who grew up dreaming of working at WTMJ. Are there no dreams left? My son is a smart and talented kid with ambition, but his blogging is just not the same as being on "the biggest stick in the state."
I know I sound like an old and sentimental guy, but TMJ will just not be the same without Jagler and Green.
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