As It Happened: WTMJ 2021

On Tuesday, October 13th, WTMJ Radio hosted another signature event.

The most influential newsmakers from Wisconsin and across the country joined WTMJ hosts to discuss the news, trends, and issues that will shape the coming year.

 ‘WTMJ 2021’ aired from 9a-6p across a variety of platforms, including AM 620, wtmj.com, and other social channels. 

Each hour was dedicated to a specific topic important to residents of Wisconsin.

Listen to full podcasts below.

9-10a Presidential Politics, hosted by Steve Scaffidi

Guests: U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin and U.S. Senator Ron Johnson.

READ: Senator’s Ron Johnson (R) & Tammy Baldwin (D), discuss today’s supreme court hearings, the country’s path forward during the COVID-19 pandemic, and their thoughts on a successful election day.

10-11a Public Safety, hosted by Jeff Wagner

Guests: Former Milwaukee Police Chief Alfonso Morales, Wauwatosa Police Chief Barry Weber, and Kenosha County Sheriff David Beth.

READ: Chief Weber suggests the protests will cost a considerable amount of money for officer overtime and former Chief Morales questions why minorities would want to be police officers.

11a-Noon Sports in the age of Covid, hosted by Greg Matzek

Guests: Bucks President Peter Feigin and Packers Kicker Mason Crosby

READ: Bucks president Peter Feigin says the NBA is targeting a January start to next season and Packers kicker Mason Crosby strikes balance between family and football.

12-1p Business/Economy, hosted by Gene Mueller

Guests: Mark Kass and Rich Kirchen of the Milwaukee Business Journal, Greg Marcus, CEO of Marcus Corporation, Lafayette Crump, City of Milwaukee Commissioner of City Development, Tom Daykin, business reporter at Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

READ: Marcus Corporation CEO says theaters will adjust, survive amid pandemic and Milwaukee Development Director says city development should benefit all communities

1-2p Healthcare, hosted by John Mercure

Guests: Dr. John Raymond, CEO of Medical College of Wisconsin, WI State School Nurse Louise Wilson, Child Psychologist Dr. David Cipriano

Read: Growing COVID-19 Hospitalizations a concern for Medical College of Wisconsin CEO and School nurses on the frontlines of battling COVID-19

2-3p Entertainment, hosted by Jeff Wagner

Guests: State Fair CEO Kathleen O’Leary, Summerfest VP of Entertainment Bob Babisch, Milwaukee musician Warren Wiegratz, Milwaukee comedian John McGivern

Read: What does the future of entertainment in Milwaukee look like?

3-4p Education, hosted by Steve Scaffidi

Guests: Mike Thompson,  Deputy State Superintendent at Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, Parents Jake and Heidi Curtis on homeschooling, Shane Luehring on school choice in Wisconsin

Read: Public school system in Wisconsin “adjusting” to “disruption” caused by pandemic

4-5p Local/State Politics, hosted by John Mercure

Guests: Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, U.S. Representative Mike Gallagher, Craig Gilbert and Patrick Marley, political reporters at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Read: Governor Evers on State of Wisconsin, Mayor Barrett talks policing and future of Milwaukee and Rep. Mike Gallagher on COVID-19 response in Wisconsin

5-6p The Racial Divide, hosted by Gene Mueller

Co-hosted by Joanne Williams, former TV anchor and PBS host. Guests: Fred Royal, president of the Milwaukee chapter of the NAACP, James Causey, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel columnist, and Tracey Dent, Milwaukee Coalition Against Hate

READ: Milwaukee’s Racial Divide and the Road Ahead