The simple gesture of getting invited into someone’s home is an act of kindness. As a television anchor, getting invited into someone’s home multiple times a week to deliver the news becomes a relationship. That’s one reason that leaving isn’t an easy thing to do.
"It’s bittersweet," said WITI-TV Fox 6 anchor Anne State, as she made preparations for a move. Her last day is July 30.
"I owe a great debt of gratitude, everyone was so unbelievably warm and welcoming. I felt so much at home here," she said.
State is heading to KOIN-TV 6, the CBS affiliate in Portland, Ore., to be the 11 p.m. anchor and work on other news programs. The move allows State to be closer to home, where her sister is, "a great caretaker," for her parents. Now, she will be around to help a bit more.
State said she will miss the Milwaukee Art Museum and other treasures here, and that she was so thankful for her co-workers and the people she met while covering different stories in the community.
From the desk, State said she will never forget the shooting st the Sikh temple, and how the community came together in such a tragic situation.
"I learned so much from people who endured through a tragic turn … it was so powerful," she said.
Another story State took to heart was the relationship two beat police officers shared working together in the Harambee neighborhood. Nicole Miller and Nicole Furman are on bicycle patrol, and come across a number of items to deal with – both good and bad – on any given day.
It will be stories like those, about people and the relationships they make with others, that State remembers the most. And those will be the pieces of Milwaukee she will take with her as she moves out west next week.
SUMMER RATINGS: Because of our need to take advantage of the nice weather days in Wisconsin and get out and about, our collective hours spent viewing television are down when compared to the rest of the year. But when we do take the time to watch, the boys of summer dominate our time spent in front of the TV set.
According to Neilsen, the Milwaukee Brewers telecasts on Fox Sports Wisconsin have the highest household viewing numbers in the market.
Since the beginning of the current baseball season, the Brewers are averaging a primetime 6.16 household rating. That number is 23 percent higher than the rest of the rest of the field from the beginning of April through to July 24.
The next in the primetime rankings was WISN-TV Ch. 12 with ABC programming at 4.87, WITI-TV Fox 6 4.46, WDJT-TV CBS 58 4.19 and WTMJ-TV Ch. 4 with NBC at 3.66.
Another interesting fact, that in all of Major League Baseball, the Brewers have the sixth highest local TV ratings with a 6.16, and that includes both afternoon and night broadcasts.
Media is bombarding us everywhere.
Instead of sheltering his brain from the onslaught, Steve embraces the news stories, entertainment, billboards, blogs, talk shows and everything in between.
The former writer, editor and producer in TV, radio, Web and newspapers, will be talking about what media does in our community and how it shapes who we are and what we do.