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Milwaukee ABC Station Adds Reporter from Rockford

hutchison_wisnBen Hutchison is joining Milwaukee ABC affiliate WISN on Monday.

Hutchison comes to WISN from WTVO-WQRF in Rockford, IL, where he was weekday morning anchor.

He took a knock-knock joke to the chin during his goodbye on this morning’s news. “Knock-knock,” said a voice from off camera. “Who’s there?” answered Hutchison and chief meteorologist Candice King. “Ben,” said the voice. “Ben who?” asked Hutchison. “Ben wondering when you were going to leave,” said the voice later identified as the show’s director.

Hutchison was an intern with WGN for the Chicago White Sox and a freelancer for ESPN before joining WTVO-WQRF.

WISN added Thema Ponton last week as weekend morning anchor.

[Milwaukee Journal Sentinel]

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Rockford Meteorologist Eric Nefstead Dies

nefstead_obitEric Nefstead, meteorologist for WTVO-WQRF, died in his home Saturday after what the station said was a long illness.

Nefstead had been battling health issues all year and had taken a leave of absence from the Rockford ABC and FOX duopoly last January.

Chief meteorologist Candice King said Nefstead was like a grandpa to her. She remembered him for his uncanny ability to predict the weather. “I remember one time during winter he came in after the morning show – it was snowing – looked at a visible satellite image and said…’The snow isn’t going to last long,’” said King. “‘See those clouds there…the snow will be ending soon – probably in 45 minutes.’  And sure enough…down to the minute the snow ended.”

Nefstead had once been chief meteorologist at Rockford’s NBC affiliate WREX. He had also worked in North Dakota, Iowa and Wisconsin.

Nefstead was 70.