This may be a first, but it likely won’t be the last time we hear about an anchor, reporter, or other local newser who has to leave a job they want to keep because they just can’t sell their house in the market they’re leaving. Mike “Jocko” Jacques signed off as sports anchor at WSAW/Wausau last night, regretfully departing a station where he’d hoped to end his career. “I love the area so much and the teams I cover and the fans and the viewers,” Jacques told wausawdailyherald.com.
Jacques returned for a second stint at WSAW last April, but in the months since has been unable to sell his family’s home in Madison, where he worked for two years at WMTV.
So, for nine months, he’s left his family in Madison, driven to Wausau, and spend his work week crashing in the homes of friends, hoping that something might change and somebody might buy his home, which has been on the market, but, like so many others, simply not selling.
The station had hoped to keep Jacques, but both sides agreed the existing arrangement wasn’t working. “I needed to bring my family here, but we couldn’t work it out and both parties knew it was coming to an end,” he told the Herald’s Chris Schulte.
NOTE: I know of at least two local tv newsers right off the top of my head who’ve taken jobs, but still own homes in their old markets–a huge drag, especially if that house sits empty, forcing you to pay for two homes. I wonder how widespread this is, and if anyone else has been forced to walk away from a job over it. Let us know.