Live human voices are back on the radio station formerly known as "The Brew," as WRNW-FM (97.3) completes its transition to its new "Radio Now" top-40 format.
There's a familiar a.m. voice as the Connie half of the previous "Connie and Fish" morning show returns. But her old partner on the show, simulcast on Madison's WZEE-FM, is gone.
Instead, it's now the "Connie and Curtis" show.
Back in early July -- after the old "Brew" rock format had been dropped and the previous on-air voices dumped from 97.3 in Milwaukee, "Fish" Calloway told listeners to the Madison station that he'd been thinking about leaving for a few months. He said on his final show, which aired June 4, that he wanted to try something new in his career, including stand-up comedy.
His statement about his long-term partner: "Connie has been an incredible partner and friend. She made getting up to do the show fun and unpredictable. We will always be more than just two voices on the radio."
They'd been a radio team since 1999, starting in Grand Rapids, Mich.
If you want to say goodbye to Fish, here's an e-mail address.
Here's the weekday schedule on "Radio Now":
- "Connie & Curtis," 5:30 to 9 a.m.
- Dave Adams, 9 to 11 a.m.
- Jackson Blue, 11 a.m to 3 p.m.
- Riggs, 3 to 7 p.m.
- Jesse Mitchell, 7 p.m. to midnight.
If you want a look at the new morning co-host in wacky radio morning zoo mode, here he is in training for the upcoming State Fair cream-puff eating competition:
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- Sunday's fourth season premiere of AMC's "Mad Men" pulled in 2.9 million, according to Nielsen Media Research numbers. Last year's third season premiere had an audience of 2.8 million.
- TVGuide.com quotes Marg Helgenberger as saying this is likely to be her final "CSI" season. She only came back because of the way the money was divided in her recent divorce from actor Alan Rosenberg.
- The G4 Channel G4 has teamed with Sony to produce for Marvel comic-based anime series: "Iron Man," "X-Men," "Wolverine," and "Blade" to premiere next year.
- The word on the street is that Tom Brokaw's coming to town for this week's Northwestern Mutual Annual Meeting of its Association of Network Representatives.
- The live tour of Fox's "So You Think You Can Dance" is stopping at Milwaukee's Bradley Center. Oct. 27. Tickets, are $37.50, $47.50, and $55 (plus service charges), are available at Ticketmaster.
Happy birthday Bugs: Today is the 70th anniversary of the release of the first full-fledged Bugs Bunny cartoon, "A Wild Hare."
Here it is:
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.