Local 6 hires sports anchor for morning show

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Erick Weber, who has appeared on The Tonight Show in comedy skits and most recently worked at WTMJ-NBC 4 in Milwaukee as a sports anchor, will join WKMG as its new morning and noon anchor, according to a Local 6 insider. He replaces Jacquie Sosa, whose contract was not renewed. His first day on the air at WKMG will be April 26.

Weber worked in Milwaukee for three years as sports anchor at WTMJ. He was an elementary school teacher when he started interning at KESQ in Palm Springs, Calif. He later became weekend sports anchor for a year and half at KNDU/KNDO-NBC in Tri-Cities/Yakima, Wash., before making the move to Milwaukee.

After Weber graduated from Ohio State, he worked as a page at NBC on The Tonight Show, Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and other shows. On his WTMJ bio page, Weber wrote, "After being around the actors and producers, I decided, ‘hey why not give acting a shot as well?’ " This led to a number of comedy skits on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno. "Doing live skits in front of the audience was, let’s say, just a wee bit nerve-racking," he wrote.

Perhaps foreshadowing his move from sports to news anchoring, Weber also said on his bio, "I always seem to get where I am going by taking a different path."

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