Journal Broadcast Group’s Newsradio 620 WTMJ-AM Milwaukee will debut a new afternoon news program 1/3. “Wisconsin’s Afternoon News” will feature in-depth coverage, interviews, breaking news updates and frequent
weather, sports and traffic reports. Airing 3-6 p.m. weekdays, it will take the place of “The Green House,” which will end with the retirement of the show’s host, Jonathan Green, after his more than 40 years with the station. Green announced his retirement in August.

The new news program will be anchored by veteran Milwaukee journalist John Mercure, whose hard news background and familiarity with issues important to the metro-area community will bring a new and different emphasis in providing context and clarity of the topics covered each afternoon.

A familiar news leader to those who live in the area, Mercure spent 10 years at sister station TODAY’S TMJ4 as an investigative reporter and anchor before becoming the corporate communications manager at Assurant Health in
2009. Prior to WTMJ-TV, he worked in Sioux Falls, SD; Rockford, Ill.; and La Crosse, Wis., before becoming an anchor at a Green Bay station.

Mercure is the winner of five Emmy Awards for his work with TODAY’S TMJ4, and was part of the news team that received an Edward R. Murrow Award in 2007.