Wednesday, September 19, 2018

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Sports radio host struck by lightning

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    Pro Football Hall of Famer Jerry Kramer, left, talks with radio sports talk-show host Bill Michaels on Thursday at Wild Ridge Golf Course in Eau Claire. After the interview, Michaels was struck and injured by a lightning strike.

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Milwaukee talk radio host Bill Michaels was struck by lightning Thursday at Wild Ridge Golf Course in Eau Claire while doing his syndicated sports show with Green Bay Packers legend Jerry Kramer, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. 

The Journal Sentinel reported the host was doing his “Bill Michaels Show” from a patio at the golf course, site of a Junior Achievement golf outing, when thunderstorms moved into the area as Michaels finished an interview with the Pro Football Hall of Famer. He talked about the incident on his Friday show, still broadcasting from Eau Claire.

“We chose to go on the patio because it was supposed to clear up, the fog was supposed to lift,” Michaels said on his show, according to the Journal Sentinel. “The patio has metal tables, kind of a meshy type of patio table. We had a couple together, had some chairs with us. We were under cover, well away from what we believed to be the elements.

“A lightning strike had taken place. It wasn’t directly to me, but it had taken place in the area. There was enough energy — I don’t know how to put it — but it hit me. It jolted me, I guess, is the best way to put it. It burned my arms, burned my fingers and found out later it had blown out through my shoe.”

Michaels went to an Eau Claire hospital for four hours but was given a clean bill of health.

“The only remnants I have left over from this is my finger is completely swollen up like a blister from a burn, and I need a new pair of shoes,” he said. “That’s about it. ... I figure I’ve got my one-in-a-million shot out of the way.”


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