While nothing has formally been announced, it looks like Bill "The Big Unit" Michaels will be returning to radio as early as Aug. 1 on three Wisconsin radio stations, including Milwaukee sports/talker WSSP-AM (1250).
Michaels is set to announce the self-syndication network, which will include Sheboygan's WHBL-AM and Green Bay's WNFL-AM and has WSSP as his flagship station.
He'll air live in Milwaukee from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays, and air later in the afternoon in the other two markets. He'll broadcast mostly out of a dedicated studio at WSSP, but will travel the state.
There are also plans to add other stations to his Wisconsin network.
Michaels was let go by WTMJ-AM (620) earlier this year.
Tim Cuprisin is the media columnist for OnMilwaukee.com. He's been a journalist for 30 years, starting in 1979 as a police reporter at the old City News Bureau of Chicago, a legendary wire service that's the reputed source of the journalistic maxim "if your mother says she loves you, check it out." He spent a couple years in the mean streets of his native Chicago, and then moved on to the Green Bay Press-Gazette and USA Today, before coming to the Milwaukee Journal in 1986.
A general assignment reporter, Cuprisin traveled Eastern Europe on several projects, starting with a look at Poland after five years of martial law, and a tour of six countries in the region after the Berlin Wall opened and Communism fell. He spent six weeks traversing the lands of the former Yugoslavia in 1994, linking Milwaukee Serbs, Croats and Bosnians with their war-torn homeland.
In the fall of 1994, a lifetime of serious television viewing earned him a daily column in the Milwaukee Journal (and, later the Journal Sentinel) focusing on TV and radio. For 15 years, he has chronicled the changes rocking broadcasting, both nationally and in Milwaukee, an effort he continues at OnMilwaukee.com.
When he's not watching TV, Cuprisin enjoys tending to his vegetable garden in the backyard of his home in Whitefish Bay, cooking and traveling.