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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