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 baby daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.
“In the old days, it was not called the Holiday Season; the Christians called it ‘Christmas’ and went to church; the Jews called it ‘Hanukkah’ and went to synagogue; the atheists went to parties and drank. People passing each other on the street would say ‘Merry Christmas!’ or ‘Happy Hanukkah!’ or (to the atheists) ‘Look out for the wall!’”
“Santa Claus has the right idea. Visit people once a year.”
“The one thing women don’t want to find in their stockings on Christmas morning is their husband.”
It's Friday night. Time to unwind with our regular Friday night feature on This Just In.
The weekend has finally arrived.
The sun has set.
The evening sky has erupted.
Let's put controversy and provocative blogs aside for the rest of this work week and smooth our way into Saturday and Sunday.
This week the latest entries into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame were announced. Rock group Chicago wasn’t on the list. The snub is mystifying given the band’s body of work that stretches over 40 years. In my book, they’re beyond deserving.
Tonight, we continue the sounds of the season. In 1998,
Let’s begin with a rousing opening.
Children ride sleds down a hill as the first snowfall of the season hits
Have you ever heard a cooler version of Let It Snow?
Here’s another live version of a track from
A man walks at a park during a snowfall in downtown Sofia, Bulgaria, on Dec. 11. (Stoyan Nenov/Reuters)
Billboard charts indicate
Next, recorded live at the House of Blues in Hollywood...
OK. Why no Hall of Fame honors for
“Chicago has been singularly underrated since the beginning of its long career, both because of its musical ambitions (to the musicians, rock is only one of several styles of music to be used and blended, along with classical, jazz, R&B, and pop) and because of its refusal to emphasize celebrity over the music. The result has been that many critics have consistently failed to appreciate its music and that its media profile has always been low. “
If that’s the case, pretty weak reasoning to leave
Up next, the band’s take on a Peanuts classic.
Choristers from Winchester Cathedral don ice-skates to enjoy the artificial rink set up beside the cathedral on December 11, 2012 in Winchester, England. Getty Images.
That’s it for this week.
Have a great weekend.
And GO IRISH!
The South Bend Tribune reports, “The band's manager, (Peter) Schivarelli played football at Notre Dame in the 1960s and early '70s for Ara Parseghian. A native of Chicago, Schivarelli knew the band before such songs as '25 or 6 to 4' made its members famous and says this won't be the first time they have watched a Notre Dame game from the sidelines. Schivarelli got