"Let's Meet!" Remembering Jim Cullen
Managing editors in TV newsrooms are neither seen or heard, at least not by the audience. They're in the background, phones pressed up to both ears as police scanners cackle away in the background. They bark out orders. They decide what's news and what isn't.
That's what Jim Cullen did at Today's TMJ4. But he also carved himself a niche on air, doing "Hey Brian" with Storm Team Forecaster Brian Gotter weekday afternoons. He also did some radio with yours truly, filling in for Mike Jacobs on "Reporter's Notebook", a half-hour Sunday morning recap of the week's news that ran for more than two decades on the old WKTI.
Jim died this week of brain cancer. He'll be missed as a co-worker, resource and friend. His booming bark of "Let's meet!" each morning at nine sharp was the newsroom's call-to-order, the setting of the current events agenda. I'd often see Jim at his cubicle on my way out of the building--we'd dish about the day's headlines, the Packers, whatever else was up. He was as Milwaukee as you could be, appreciating history and using it to give today's news context.
Jim Cullen will be missed as a colleague and a friend. They don't make many like him. I can't speak for anyone else, but I'm thankful we had him for as long as we did, and I'm sad the time together had to end so soon.
Here's the piece Today's TMJ4 ran about Jim Wednesday night.