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A familiar voice has been shown the door by WTMJ-AM
A familiar voice has been shown the door by WTMJ-AM

Milwaukee radio vet Phil Cianciola gets the ax

Veteran WTMJ-AM (620) personality Phil Cianciola confirms via Twitter this afternoon that he's been shown the door.

He tweets: "It's true. I was let go from my job today... Hope to talk to you on the radio again soon."

Cianciola is a long-time member of the afternoon "Green House" hosted by Jonathan Green. At the beginning of the year, WTMJ extended Green's contract, but didn't announce details.

There are no other details right now, and I'm trying to get a comment from 'TMJ management.

Cianciola, by the way, is a West Allis native and a graduate of UW-Milwaukee. After graduating in 1982, according to a biography pulled from WTMJ's Web site, he headed to Oklahoma City for a radio gig. Cianciola was back in town two years later where he's been working in radio here ever since.

He's the guy behind the annual "Green House Nuggets" CD of bits from the show, with proceeds going to charity.

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Chauncey1123 | Dec. 1, 2009 at 11:34 a.m. (report)

35406 TMJ made a bad decision. A very bad decision. Check out the Philcast!

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Ozymandius | Nov. 27, 2009 at 11:05 p.m. (report)

OK 1968scode, you literally hate every host on WTMJ. I'm surprised you didn't say the Packers, Bucks, Brewers, and Badgers all stink too. What radio station do you really listen to?

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1968scode | Nov. 27, 2009 at 2:47 p.m. (report)

It's time to do more housecleaning. I do listen to Charlie Sykes but feel he is a poor host who looks down at people. Jeff Wagner should just go full time on the Jimmy Buffet tour. Drop Clark Howard. Johnathan Green is Just a know it all.(By the way we all know you have a Harley from Hal's by now. Bill Micheals is just an a**h*** to everyone on the air and a schill for Packer management. All the shows are heavy or annoying. It would be nice to have a non political show without the personal opinions of the host. Lighten it it some.

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rachelt00 | Nov. 15, 2009 at 9:16 a.m. (report)

I just feel a need to also voice my disappointment regarding the firing of Phil. His voice was always welcome in my car and in my kitchen every afternoon. I just kept worrying that there must be something going on with Phil's family that he would be on leave for so long.
TMJ has made an error. Whatever 'focus group' they looked at to help with their decision was not a large enough sample of listeners in Milwaukee. Phil was able to manage Green's at times way off target tangents. The people sitting in Phil's chair now are now doing just that -- filling a seat. I miss Phil.

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Steelman58 | Nov. 10, 2009 at 5:08 p.m. (report)

I'm not surprised to see Phil go. It's time to change the drive time show all together, it ran out of steam about the time Bill Michaels started. I agree with an earlier post, move Green to an early afternoon slot. Keep Clark Howard for an hour, Wagner can go. Sykes is in the right spot. Either find a partner for Michaels or a new host, his shtick is old.

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