Making Milwaukee proud: 11 living local celebrities

Recognizable characters around the city
Posted at 1:07 PM, May 10, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-10 14:14:09-04

While there are plenty of nationally-known celebrities that come from Milwaukee, there are also plenty of local characters that largely can only be recognized by locals. A popular thread on Milwaukee's Reddit community recently highlighted some of these Milwaukee "celebrities."

Here's a few of the most popular names commenters mentioned who are still around today:

1. Brother Ron - Ronald "Brother Ron" Stannis has been driving his sign-covered car around Milwaukee for more than 35 years, broadcasting his religious beliefs at full volume along the way. 

2. The Milverine - John Hamann rose to local fame when people noticed the construction worker resembled Hugh Jackman's Wolverine character. He's most famous for his shirtless power walk that you can spot around the city during nice weather. OnMilwaukee even gave the Milverine his own emoji!

3. David Gruber - Local attorney David Gruber is known for his catchy commercials, reminding Milwaukeeans, "One call...that's all!" From a massive advertising presence to showing up courtside for every Bucks game, Gruber is a Milwaukee staple.

4. Bob Uecker - He's the soundtrack of summer in Wisconsin, announcing Brewers games for more than 45 years. The former 'Mr. Belvedere' and 'Major League' actor is still in the booth for WTMJ Radio.

5. Al Godshaw - Known as the face of Turner Hall, Godshaw has been greeting concertgoers since 2007. The retired teacher was recently profiled by 88Nine Radio Milwaukee.

​​​​​​​6. John McGivern - He's known for his series Around the Corner on Milwaukee PBS, which explores communities across Wisconsin. He also appeared in a small role as the cable car conductor in the Anne Hathaway film The Princess Diaries.

7. Mark Borchardt - Borchardt is an independent filmmaker known for American Movie and Coven. Borchardt was born in 1966 in Menomonee Falls, and told the Austin Chronicle "I love Milwaukee."

8. Dori Zori - 88Nine's Morning Show Host and Promotions Manager posts a short conversation with a Milwaukeean every week. Before Radio Milwaukee, she spent close to two decades at WMSE-FM.

9. Marcus Doucette - Another 88Nine host, Doucette is responsible for the "Sound Travels" segment and other local stories. He hosts the midday show and has an awesome beard.

10. Bob Reitman - Reitman started his radio career at WUWM in 1966. OnMilwaukee called him "one of Milwaukee's most visible, popular and long-standing broadcasting personalities." Reitman spent years as one half of "Reitman & Mueller" on WKTI-FM.

11. Art Kumbalek - Arts columnist for the Shepherd Express, Kumbalek writes the long-running "Art for Art's Sake" column.

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