Signing Off in Milwaukee

After 32 years a Milwaukee Anchor says he's done....

WITI Sports Anchor Tom Pipines announced he will retire in February after 32 years at the station. 

Pipines, who is the station’s senior sports anchor, will retire on Feb. 12, the station announced yesterday. 

“Tom Pipines has set the standard for sports in Milwaukee,” WITI-TV president and general manager Chuck Steinmetz said in a press release. “Not only has Tom brought his insights into his game analysis, he has enterprised hundreds of ‘Beyond the Game’ stories that have showcased the heart and soul of local athletes.”

The Milwaukee Business Journal writes that Pipines joined Channel 6 in 1984. Earlier in his 43-year career, he had stints at various New York stations as well as ESPN.

Steinmetz said in a memo to the station’s staff that he and Pipines have been discussing the sportscaster’s retirement “for a bit now and the time seemed right for him.” Steinmetz said Pipines plans “from time to time” to return to the station to fill in on the sports desk.

Channel 6 has no specific plans for replacing Pipines, but the station does plan to fill the position, Steinmetz said.