By Steve Kabelowsky Contributing Columnist Published Jun 17, 2013 at 3:08 PM

Journal Communications has deep roots in Milwaukee.

The company that owns the Journal-Sentinel newspaper and its website is the largest media company in southeastern Wisconsin. The company also owns WTMJ-TV Ch. 4 and radio stations WLWK-FM 94.5 The Lake and WTJM-AM 620. As a whole, Journal Broadcast Group owns and operates 35 radio stations and 15 television stations in 12 states.

As part of its ownership, it runs a conservative-aimed web site called, which is closely tied to Charlie Sykes, who hosts a mid-day talk show on WTMJ-AM.

Late last week, teamed up with Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch to announce the Margaret Thatcher Award and accompanying Right Women Awards.

"The Right Women Awards are important because they identify and salute female leaders and role models in Wisconsin whose contributions to the state have impacted or altered history. The Right Women Awards will be a beacon for Wisconsin conservatives: something for conservative women to aspire to, a celebration of achievement and a call to action for further progress," Kleefisch said in a press release from Journal Communications.

The awards will be selected by a committee of women that Kleefisch will chair. The Right Women Awards will be presented on Oct. 18 at the Pfister Hotel as a ticketed, black tie event. The honorary chair of the dinner is Wisconsin First Lady Tonette Walker.

The website says that, "The Community empowers us to rise above the mainstream media filter."

Conservative talkers like Sykes, have railed on mainstream media sites for years, claiming that certain points of view are under or not represented based on political slants and decisions. It is part of their show formula, which has proven to be successful for gaining listenership in the Milwaukee radio market, as well as other markets throughout the U.S.

The funny part in Milwaukee is that the ones railing on the mainstream media and the mainstream media itself are one in the same. The company that is footing the bill for the so-called liberal newspaper is also funding the awards recognizing the efforts of female conservatives.

TWO DECADES: On Friday, Gov. Scott Walker proclaimed it "Charlie Sykes Day" in honor of his 20 years in radio.

"I think it's fair to say that nobody thought I was going to last 20 years in radio, including me," Sykes said at the beginning of his broadcast.

A NIGHT WITH MIKE AND SULLEY: If you are a Time Warner Cable subscriber and would like to see the new Pixar and Disney film "Monsters University," you are in luck.

Tickets will be given out on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last; one pair of tickets per account holder; and valid photo ID must be presented at its location at 2500 N. Mayfair Road in Wauwatosa. The screening will take place on the evening of June 19 Mayfair AMC Theater.

This is the second film with Mike Wazowski (voiced by Billy Crystal) and James P. Sullivan, "Sulley" (John Goodman). In the prequel, the pair’s out-of-control competitive spirit gets them both kicked out of the University’s elite Scare Program. They realize they will have to work together, along with an odd bunch of misfit monsters, if they ever hope to make things right.

Steve Kabelowsky Contributing Columnist

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.