For twenty five years, spanning three successful stints in both morning and evening drive, Eric Von has been behind the microphone as host of one of Milwaukee’s most popular talk shows, the original Morning Magazine and The Eric Von Show, for radio station 1290 WMCS-AM.
In 2001, Von left to pursue other interests, and in 2004 Von returned to WMCS and stirred things up, as he had during his first stint. It’s safe to say, things haven’t been the same since.
Based largely on his reunion with the station, which he headlined, WMCS switched from its popular “Hits and Oldies” format to News/Talk; an unprecedented move in urban radio.
For the station, the change resulted in greater industry recognition, a more diverse listening audience and increased revenue streams. As important, the change to a News/Talk format broadened avenues of communication within the African American community, the station’s core audience, and the community at-large.
Von is a veteran of more than 25 years in the radio industry, starting his career as a disc jockey, then, moving into news where he was a reporter and anchor. He served as the Business Manager for Radio One in Washington, D.C., and Director of Operations for WMCS radio. Today, he is one of the most sought after opinion leaders, sharing his insights as a panelist and moderator on political and socio-economic issues.
Proving that he didn’t just possess “a face for radio,” for seven years Von was a regular panelist on Wisconsin Public Television’s, “Interchange,” a groundbreaking public affairs program. He was also co-host of “Black Nouveau” which airs on the network.
From 1998 through 2000, Von was a special assignment reporter and a co-host of “It’s Your Vote,” a weekly political affairs show which featured candidate forums, debates and voter education information on Milwaukee’s ABC network affiliate, WISN Channel 12.
In 2003, as Campaign Co-Director, Von used his political acumen to help lead Tom Barrett’s successful bid for Mayor of Milwaukee.
Von has received many awards and commendations for his on-air and community service work. His deft handling of issues is widely acknowledged as the primary reason 1290 WMCS has been nominated twice for the radio industry’s coveted Marconi Award.