- The Northwoods airwaves are losing a familiar voice.
Newswatch 12's Lynsdey Stemm met with WHDG's long time morning show host Bill Mitchell to talk about his move to the Milwaukee area, and what he's taking from Hodag Country with him.
For many, Bill's is the voice they wake up to every morning. But at the end of this week he'll end his long tenure as morning host on Hodag Country.
"I started out here February 12 of 1998, and have been doing mornings ever since; the ole' Morning Hodag. And have had a lot of fun," says Mitchell.
Mitchell found his way to the airwaves amid a lifelong fascination with legendary broadcasters.
"Boy, my inspirations really were Howard Cosell and Walter Cronkite. And then I started listening to music and really discovered radio," says Mitchell.
But after 14 years as the voice of early morning radio in the Northwoods, Mitchell is moving his family to the Milwaukee area to be the morning host on 92.5 WBWI.
"It's a real hard decision to leave. Love this area, but in West Bend this looks like a great opportunity for myself and my family. And you know what, you get to be my age, old dog like me, better roll that dice and do it," says Mitchell.
A quick chat with others in the station makes it clear it's not just the listeners who will miss Mitchell's presence.
"He's a real character, but it's always been a pleasure; always been fun," says Sabine Henckel, who works in sales at NRG Media.
"Working with Bill is always a unique experience," says General Manager Steve Albertson.
There's a lot Mitchell says he'll miss.
"This area has so much to offer, you know, in community events. The real caveat of the whole thing was getting to go out and be in the community and meet the listeners, and interact and get to know them," says Mitchell.
So the question remains, who will terrorize the station when he's gone?
"We were thinking we'd actually just bring him in on weekends, and we'll all join him here," says Albertson.
But fear not, there is one place you'll still hear Mitchell's voice. He'll continue in his role as the voice of Newswatch 12 promos.
Mitchell says he wants to thank all his listeners over the years. He wants you to know if you miss him too much you can listen to his new show on the internet.
For Bill's Facebook page, please see the link below.
Bill Mitchell on Facebook
Story By: Lyndsey Stemm