Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely young daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.
EVERY DAY FROM NOVEMBER 30-DECEMBER 24, I AM HIGHLIGHTING A CHRISTMAS SONG AND THE STORY BEHIND IT. PLEASE ENJOY AND MERRY CHRISTMAS!
When I was a mere child, there were certain annual TV Christmas specials you didn’t miss. In the Fischer household, one of them was the Andy Williams Christmas show.
That was over 40 years ago, but the name Andy Williams is still synonymous with Christmas. When he appeared at the Riverside Theater in December of 2000, Dave Tianen of the Milwaukee Journal/Sentinel wrote this in his review:
If Bing Crosby defined the sound of Christmas in the '40s and '50s, it was Andy Williams and his long-running series of holiday TV specials that gave voice to Christmas in the '60s.
Today, Williams is 73, and it takes the magnetism of Christmas to lure him from his home in
Probably not even Williams would argue that it's a contemporary show. Doubtless, the older audience that nearly sold out the
Williams set the agenda when he told the crowd he wanted to sing some old chestnuts.
"Chestnuts are old songs that just get better and better with age," he said. "Just like me."
Amazingly, no one covered Williams’ big hit from 1963 for decades. A few newer versions have popped up in recent years, including one by Amy Grant.
In 1997, the Oklahoma City Philharmonic was selected to perform with Kathie Lee Gifford in her Christmas Special Just in Time for Christmas. The show was taped at the
But I can't do a blog about Andy Williams without Andy!
1) The Music of Christmas: Jingle Bells
2) The Music of Christmas: "I am a fine musician"
3) The Music of Christmas: Mary's Boy Child
4) The Music of Christmas - Elvis Style
5) The Music of Christmas: Rudolph
6) The Music of Christmas: The Fat Man is watching
7) The Music of Christmas: "Haul out the holly....."
8) The Music of Christmas: Judy Garland
9) The Music of Christmas: A partridge in a pear tree
10) The Music of Christmas: Disney-style
11) The Music of Christmas: "Snowing and blowing up bushels of fun"
12) The Music of Christmas: The Most Wonderful Time of the Year