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Gene Mueller celebrates 30 years at Radio City

CREATED Sep. 21, 2012

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  • Reitman (right) and Gene Mueller bring their offbeat WKTI-FM show to the Soviet Union.

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MILWAUKEE - He co-coined the phrase "Ya-Ya Milwaukee" and made it part of the city's mass communication lexicon.

Now, half-a-football field away from that studio, he hosts the morning show for one of the heritage radio stations in America.

Gene Mueller, who grew up in the shadow of Milwaukee, celebrated his 30th anniversary with the Journal Broadcast Group on Friday.

"It's an honor to be in this building that long with so many great people," said Gene about the achievement.

"There aren't too many folks my age around anymore who remember most of my career," he added, forgetting that many of his co-workers who grew up listening to him and Bob Reitman at then-94.5 WKTI, now "The Lake."

When Newsradio 620 WTMJ sports anchor Greg Matzek told Gene he was four years old when Mueller started his career with the Journal Broadcast Group, Gene quipped, "That's fine.  I'm just crying on the inside."

Mueller's roles with the Journal Broadcast Group have even extended to the sports realm, as one of the ultimate Green Bay Packers fans became host of "Packers Gameday" on the Packers Radio Network.

He has interviewed political figures, Grammy winners, Super Bowl champions, kid weather-forecasters, and just about everyone in between in his roles with the Journal Broadcast Group.

And that's just the start of it.

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