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Veteran Milwaukee conservative radio host Charlie Sykes—who hosted mid-mornings on Scripps’ news/talk WTMJ (620) Milwaukee for nearly a quarter-century until last year—is stepping down as editor-in-chief for website Right Wisconsin. Sykes recently shifted his political stance and now contributes to the left-leaning MSNBC, which prompted Wisconsin Conservative Digest leader Bob Donhal to call him a “Judas Goat.”

Sykes will hand off his duties to assistant editor James Wigderson, according to Urban Milwaukee; Wigderson will be the new editor/owner.

“Since its launch in 2013, Right Wisconsin has been the epicenter of the conservative movement in Wisconsin,” Sykes said. “I’m delighted that James Wigderson, who has served ably as the site’s assistant editor, will be taking over as editor-in-chief.”

The site was owned by Sykes’ former employer Scripps, but with his 2016 exit ownership was transferred to him, the paper said. The site had been getting financial support and funding from conservative groups and lobbyists and with Sykes changing aisle sides they may have been reluctant to continue their support, Urban Milwaukee speculated.

In making the announcement, Sykes said he would still be a contributor to the website.