Mark Concannon, who's been a fixture on Channel 6's morning newscast for 20 years, announced today that he's leaving Milwaukee's Fox affiliate next month.
In an e-mail to co-workers today, Concannon wrote:
I was part of the Wakeup News broadcast that signed on in 1990 as a
one-hour morning show. Since then, we've grown the program to
4.5.hours, the longest daily TV newscast in Milwaukee history.
It's been a great ride but I feel this is the right time for me to pursue other opportunities.
My last day on Wakeup will be March 24th. I feel privileged to have been a part of Wakeup's continuous success and hope the show does well in the future.
I will miss the many special people I've worked with since starting here as a sportscaster in 1987. I am grateful to Channel 6 for giving me the opportunity to work and live in a city I love and that's what I'll continue to do going forward.
News director Jim Lemon e-mailed this to his staff:
I want to take this opportunity to thank Mark for the contributions he has made to this newsroom during his significant tenure here. Mark is a professional who wants the best from himself and for his newscast. That passion for quality has served all of us well in this hyper competitive market.
Mark and I have been talking about this new chapter in his life, and I have the highest respect for him and what he has brought to our broadcasts: a rock-solid anchor who can handle anything thrown at him; a remarkable storyteller who regularly brought compelling stories to our newscasts. Thanks, Mark for all that you have done here.
does anyone with at least 6th grade education believe Mr Concannon is just leaving in a fast 3 week time period because he wants to "move on", yea right, this is what channel 6 and he will stick with,because you can,t tell the public the real reason, you phoneys
Mark is not only the consumate professional, but also a great person. I saw him patiently talking sports for an entire Brewer game with a group of inebriated strangers sitting near him. I am sure that was the last thing he wanted to do, but he did it. Best of luck with your new endeavers, you will be missed.
Wow, the *Eastsider* refuses to watch local news because the "dude" freaks him out. Fire all the local weathermen too? Brilliant.
Do the rest of the Milwaukee a favor and stay on your petrulli-infested side of the river.
Cool -- this dude always creeped me out. I think he had the same effect on his co-anchors, too. It really came across on TV. Watch him interact with Kim Murphy at some point before he retires -- awkward! It always seems like he's on the verge of cracking up -- like he's just about to laugh, even when delivering the worst news you'd ever want to hear. Maybe you could blame the "news consultants" for this smirking style. I don't know, but it's weird. Now they just need to fire all the local weathermen and I'll be ready to watch local news again.
All I know at this point, Hoop, is that he's definitely not retiring.
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