Milwaukee radio personality Ernie G, whose legacy spans 44 years, dies at 66

By Karen Stokes

Ernest G Mitchell January 11, 1955 – June 11, 2021 (Photo provided by WNOV)

Ernest Glenn Mitchell, known in the community as Ernie G., a music icon, radio personality and disc jockey for more than four decades, died on Friday June 11 at the age of 66.

“Ernie had some medical issues for a few years that he overcame because he’s a fighter, but eventually the Lord chose to call him home,” Mitchell’s wife of 35 years, Maggie said. . “Ernie has often said he can’t wait to celebrate our 36th birthday on September 14th.”

The two had many friends in Milwaukee.

Rick McKinley had been a close childhood friend of Mitchell’s since they were in 4th grade. They lived in the Hillside Projects and attended Fourth Street Elementary School.

“We met when we were eight years old and have been friends ever since,” McKinley said. “We went to Lincoln High School, we played in the band, played basketball and soccer. Ernie was the homecoming prince and I was the prom king. The only thing that separated us was when he went to UW-Stevens Point and I to UW-Whitewater. We have been friends all these years. Although my heart is heavy, I am glad that it is no longer in pain.

Mitchell was loved and respected by many in the community. On the morning of Friday, June 11, Homer Blow, director of the WNOV-AM program, shared the following statement:

“God called his good and faithful servant home on Friday June 11, 2021. Ernie G will always be a member of the WNOV family. The ownership, management and family of Courier Communications Corporation ask you to join us in remembering our brother Ernie G and keeping his wife Maggie, their family and friends raised in prayer. We thank them for sharing Ernie G with us and the black community of Milwaukee.

Mitchell was a legendary figure in Milwaukee’s urban radio scene. He has used his talent and his time not only on the air, but he has been a tremendous force in the lives of so many people. He has helped advance the careers of others including Homer Blow, Wayne CK, Wolf D, Rob Hardy, Dave TJ, Kevin Buchannon, Black Cherry, Chris Levy, Dellio “The Dude” and Earl Stokes.

“Ernie saw something in a kid from 6th and Keefe, took a chance and gave me my first shift of the afternoon,” said Earl Stokes, post air personality. -midday on WJMR-FM.

“He is a very good man, I will miss him.”

Kevin Buchannon, Program Director at WIGO, Atlanta said, “Ernie and I first met at WAWA, and a few years later at WNOV. It allowed me to be creative to take my career to the next level. We have been friends for four decades. Ernie loved the radio and loved helping people. He never got tired of taking care of people.

“Ernie and I have been friends for over 40 years since we met at WNOV when we first started in radio,” said John Torres, owner of Caliente radio, 97.9 FM. “I spoke to him a few weeks before he passed away and we had a wonderful conversation. We talked about the days to WNOV. We will miss him so much. “

Born January 11, 1955, Mitchell was drawn to radio from an early age by his love for music. He started his radio career wearing disc jockeys at 860 WNOV.

In 1977, Mitchell was fortunate enough to host an R&B and hip-hop show on WNOV. In 1980, he was promoted to director of music and programs.

He left WNOV in 1997 and continued his career at 1290 WMCS with his Saturday Jam Session. It was there that he met Sales Manager Robbie Fulton.

“He was just the nicest person,” Fulton said in a statement. “I asked him to DJ my wedding and without hesitation he said, ‘Absolutely. “”

Mitchell has won numerous awards over the years, including National Program Director of the Year in 1989 and the 25th Annual Black Excellence Award in 2010. He has also worked for Beechwood, a distributor for Anheuser Busch Corporation, OIC and Maximus.

“Listening to Ernie G was an experience like no other,” Milwaukee County Sheriff Earnell Lucas said. “He had the ability to blast the crowd to rhythmic sounds he knew better than anyone and the ability to slow down the music to get you in the mood. I remember many events in my life where you knew that if Ernie G played music everyone would have a good time. His memory will remain etched in our hearts forever. I send my deepest condolences to his wife Maggie and his family, his beloved listeners and everyone who knew and loved this great man of urban arts, entertainment, music and culture.

Jerrel Jones, owner of WNOV-AM said: “I have known Ernie since he started in the radio business. I loved him like a son. In fact, I named my son after him. There is a sense of loss in the whole WNOV family and there is no replacement for him, he will always be part of the WNOV family. We will keep it in our memories. Everyone in Heaven is happy because they are spinning records up there.

“Ernie got his first break from the radio on WNOV because of Jerrel Jones and Sandra Robinson,” Maggie said. “They are always very important to our family. “
Mitchell is survived by his wife Maggie and children Montrell, Devin, Dionna and Latrina, his mother Geneva Lewis, his brother Junior in California, his sister Mary, his nephew Jerrell, who sought to follow in the footsteps of his uncle Ernie at the radio. , and his niece Victoria.

Celebrating the life of Ernie G:

First visit: Thursday, June 24, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Parklawn Assembly of God 3725 N. Sherman Blvd.
Second visit: Friday, June 25 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Christ the King BC 7750 N. 60th St. Next service immediately at 6 p.m.

Ernie G and Maggie Mitchell (Photo provided by WNOV)

Ernie G (Photo provided by WNOV)

Ernie G was a radio personality, disc jockey and music icon (Photo provided by WNOV)

R & B group Enchantment performed at Ernie G’s 41st Anniversary Radio Celebration (Photo provided by Homer Blow)

(Photo submitted by WNOV)

Ernie G and his wife Maggie (Photo provided by WNOV)

(Photo provided by Homer Blow)

Homer Blow, Sandra Robinson, Ernie G
(Photo provided by Homer Blow)

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