Signing off in Milwaukee

As Scripps gets ready to take over the Journal stations next week, longtime Milwaukee Anchor  Mike Jacobs announced he is leaving Journal (soon to be Scripps) owned WTMJ.

Jacobs told viewers Wednesday that he's retiring at the end of May.

Jacobs started at WTMJ in 1977 as a weekend anchor and reporter and moved to the anchor desk full time a year later. He anchored the station's weeknight newscasts at 5, 6 and 10 as well as "Wisconsin Tonight" at 6:30 weeknights. 

"It's been a blessing to work for a great TV station for more than 37 years," Jacobs said in a statement issued by the station. 

In its statement, WTMJ said it plans to "celebrate Jacobs' career and his contribution to the Milwaukee area" during his final month (which just happens to be in a ratings book....hmmmm).

"Mike is leaving a legacy of excellence at this station," Joe Poss, vice president and general manager of WTMJ, said in the statement. "He has set a high bar for journalistic integrity, hard work and passion. We will truly miss him."

The news of Jacobs' plans came exactly one week before WTMJ and its parent company, Journal Broadcast Group, become part of The E.W. Scripps Co. 

H/T Milwaukee Journal Sentinel