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.
Given my heavy involvement in high school athletics that actually began when I was juts a youngster, I am intrigued by a proposal by state Representative Tony Staskunas (D-West Allis). Staskunas wants to make the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) more open and transparent.
Staskunas describes the WIAA this way:
“This organization was formed in 1895 to unite people interested in promoting athletic competition between
That’s accurate, but extremely diplomatic. I view the WIAA as a heavy-handed, biased bureaucracy. So I react with interest when I read about Staskunas’ legislation:
“I have introduced a bill that would prohibit a school district from being a member of an interscholastic athletic association unless that organization agrees to be governed by
I’m not exactly sure what Staskunas means by public oversight. I’ve not read his bill yet. However, if the bill means the WIAA must open up its meetings to the general public and news media, I’d love to see that happen.
I’d relish the thought of an audience along with TV cameras, microphones, and reporters watching every move by WIAA officials as they set pairings for athletic tournaments and decide and explain who plays who, where and why.
I would have liked to have seen an open meeting when the WIAA this fall, in determining the Division 1 bracket for boy’s soccer made Milwaukee Bradley Tech, a #6 seed play
Maybe if the doors were opened to those smoke-filled WIAA meeting rooms, the power-hungry organization wouldn’t be as or demonstrate as much anti-Milwaukee bias, as is its reputation.
Read Staskunas’ column in the Wisconsin State Journal that, while intriguing, lacks specifics.