Ernie G celebrates 41 years in radio with concert

October 11, 2018

The 860 WNOV DJ will celebrate four decades on air with three great local acts, The Tempters, The Reconstruction Band, and the Jazzy Jewels

Ernie G

For the last 41 years, Ernie Mitchell, also known simply as “Ernie G,” has been an institution unto himself on Milwaukee airwaves. And on Saturday, November 3, 2018 Milwaukee will honor his four-decades long achievement with a concert event featuring the group Enchantment along with the original Tempters, the Reconstruction Band and Milwaukee’s favorite senior ladies of dance, the Jazzy Jewels, at the Tripoli Shrine Center, 3000 W. Wisconsin Ave., starting at 6:00 p.m., with a cocktail hour and 7:00 p.m. for show time. The concert celebration is being presented by Double B Entertainment.

“Ernie G” is not just known for his local radio programs over the years; he also made a name for himself locally. Ernie attended Lincoln High School where he played basketball, football and baseball. He also played the trumpet in marching band and concert band. Ernie was popular in high school, winning the crown of Junior Prom Prince and danced his way to winning Lincoln’s talent show dancing like James Brown. After high school he went on to the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point where he studied communications. His love for music started at an early age. He started his career in radio carrying records for the disc jockeys at 860 AM WNOV.

Then in 1977 Ernie got his chance to host an R&B show at WNOV. In 1980 Ernie got promoted to Music & Program Director at WNOV and helped numerous national and local radio personalities jump start their careers, including Homer Blow, Earl Stokes, Wayne CK, Wolf D, Rob Hardy, Dave TJ, Kevin Buchanan, Black Cherry, Chris Levy, Dellio “The Dude” and others. Over the years Ernie has worked for Beechwood, a distributor of the Anheuser Busch Corporation; O.I.C., and Maximus. In 1997 Ernie left WNOV and started his Saturday Jam Session at 1290 WMCS. Ernie has been a disc jockey at parties, night clubs and on the air in radio for more than 34 years. He has won numerous awards over the years including, National Program Director of The Year in 1989 and the Black Excellence Award in media in 2010. Ernie currently works at The Word of Hope Ministries as an Employment Specialist, while working at WNOV part-time.

Tickets for the show are $35 for an early bird special (with limited availability) and $41 per person after the early bird tickets sell out. Tickets are available at Eventbrite.com/Enchantment; Nikavonni’s at 275 W. Wisconsin Ave.; Torrance’s House to Threads at 4722 W. Fond du Lac Ave.; and at Terri Lynn’s Express at 10704 W. Hampton Ave. For more information regarding the concert celebration, please call Double B Entertainment at (414) 559-2612.

“The G Jams” hosted by Ernie G airs Saturdays at 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., on WNOV 860 AM, and WNOV 106.5 FM.

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