In May 1927, Charles Lindbergh proved solo transatlantic flight was possible. In October of that year, The Jazz Singer became the first feature-length motion picture talkie.
Between these two groundbreaking events, a Wisconsin newspaper launched an effort that exhibited Lindbergh's pioneering spirit and bespoke The Jazz Singer's technological advances.
Newsradio 620 WTMJ began broadcasting on July 25, 1927 as a way to sell newspapers, its call letters originally signifying "The Milwaukee Journal." Today, it is a 50,000-watt news, talk and sports powerhouse, part of an independent sister company of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and one of America's largest and most successful radio stations.
In addition to its status as Milwaukee's radio news leader, Newsradio 620 WTMJ features compelling talk shows that provide meaning and context to the day's events. The station also flagships the Green Bay Packers Radio Network, the Milwaukee Brewers Radio Network and the Milwaukee Bucks Radio Network.
In 2000, 2003 and 2004, WTMJ received radio's highest honor, the National Association of Broadcasters Marconi Award. In 2000 and 2003 it was for News/Talk/Sports Station of the Year. In 2004 it was for Station of the Year.
In 2003, it also received one of broadcast journalism's highest honors, the Radio-Television News Directors Association's Edward R. Murrow Award for Overall Excellence in large-market radio.
The station would then go on to win the 2014 Marconi for Station of the Year.