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.
My first experience with Little League was via television. As a child, I watched, every year, the broadcast of the Little League World Series final game on ABC’s Wide World of Sports. Chris Schenkel did the play-by-play, and the
In my latest blog on the Franklin Little League, I reiterated a comment I made earlier:
“The Little League is an exceptional organization. In some form or fashion, I’ve been involved in youth sports since 1965, so I have a strong affection for the Little League and wish it the very best.”
I have stated my wish for fairness in choosing Little League All-Stars and that it would behoove the Franklin Little League to try to improve their selection process.
I don’t know how much clearer I can be.
I welcome an honest debate or discussion on the merits of the issues I raise on my blog, radio, or TV. What I hate is being misquoted or having my views completely distorted and misrepresented.
I believed I had some cordial correspondences with David Bartels, the President of the Franklin Little League Board of Directors. Unfortunately, Bartels in the last day or so has made some negative comments on another blog about me that are completely untrue and out of line.
Bartels wrote that I took “shots at a dedicated group of volunteers trying to provide the best Little League experience” they could.
That is a disingenuous interpretation of the facts. I know Bartels, who remains in denial, isn’t thrilled that I found out about the All-Star fiasco and wrote about it and now blames everyone but the parties involved. However, I wrote about the failure to award what I considered deserving All-Star status to a young boy and took issue with those responsible, nothing more, nothing less.
I did not attack the overall organization, its history, or its cadre of volunteers. I did not name names. I clearly stated my objections with one specific incident and many would agree. Anyone who can read and has clear judgment could discern that. Bartels knows that, too, but is apparently going around claiming I disparaged an entire organization. I could line up dozens and dozens of athletic officials I’ve worked with for decades who would say that any suggestion that I would possess ill feelings toward any Little League is preposterous.
So with all due respect, Mr. Bartels, please stop making these unsubstantiated accusations. The correct reaction is not to go after me, the messenger, or a player’s father, or anyone else who dares disagree, but to stop and reflect and ponder how the Franklin Little League can learn, grow and improve from this experience.
I once again wish the