Kidd O’Shea knows where his roots are. And that is why he got a bit teary this morning.
On the "Kidd and Elizabeth Show" on WMYX-FM, O’Shea announced that he was leaving the station.
"I’m happy here, I have a great job and work for a great company. I love living in Milwaukee," O’Shea said this afternoon, talking about his listeners. "They raised me."
O’Shea is headed to WJLA-TV in Washington D.C., to be the new social media anchor on the station’s morning show.
"I have an agent, and he said that there’s a TV station that is interested," O’Shea said about the opportunity that came his way. "I flew out there and auditioned, and they offered me the job. I’m excited."
O’Shea has been both on radio and television, serving as a reporter on WISN-TV Ch. 12. He said that the opportunity to work full time in television came up, it was too good to pass up.
"I get to do the things that worked well in radio," he said about the melding of social media and morning television. "I will be talking about what the people are talking about that morning."
On his show today, he spoke of his TV dream he’s had since childhood.
"This goes back … to where I would pretend to anchor the TV news with three other imaginary anchors," he said.
You can see the video of his announcement on Facebook.
O’Shea said that after the announcement today, he plans to keep doing what he has been doing and have chats with his co-host Elizabeth Kay. He doesn’t depart for the capital until September.
"This is all about moving forward," he said. "We had the announcement, and we’ll go back and do the show like we have for the next couple of weeks.
"Elizabeth will continue in that role … We were always in this 50-50."
O’Shea said that the response from the listeners has been overwhelming in its support. And he knows how special that is. O’Shea has always appreciated the one-on-one connection, no matter what platform that was on.
"Whenever you are invited into peoples' homes, in their cars, that is a special thing."
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