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HAM DAY DECLARED, ENJOYED

REVELERS REGRET REASON FOR EVENT

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MILWAUKEE  Newsroom employees at TODAY'S TMJ4 enjoyed their first Ham Day in more than a year Wednesday, while sadly reflecting on the reason for it's calling.

Ham Day is a newer tradition at the NBC affiliate in Milwaukee. Created by News Director William Berra, the day is usually scheduled to celebrate success, but can be declared for any reason. The declaration is exclusively at the discretion of Berra.

"I can have ham day whenever I darn well please," said Berra in an interview. "Although I always have a reason for ham day, I don't need one."

It was a day of mixed emotions for employees. They welcomed the first Ham Day Declaration of 2010, but regret it was so ordered to honor a departing colleague. Executive Producer of Special Projects Maureen Mack is leaving for a new job. The day was called in her honor.

"I mean, I just don't know how to feel today," producer Matt McClain admitted. "I really love Ham Day, but I'm going to miss Maureen," McClain continued. "Oh, hey, is that mustard?

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