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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.

Making selections for Week-ends not that simple


RECENTLY, THE “THIS JUST IN… WEEK-ENDS ADVISORY COMMISSION” HELD A SPECIAL EMERGENCY SESSION TO DISCUSS A POTENTIAL ITEM TO BE INCLUDED IN THIS SATURDAY’S WEEK-ENDS BLOG. HERE IS A PARTIAL TRANSCRIPT OF THAT MEETING. NAMES OF THE VOLUNTEER COMMISSIONERS HAVE BEEN WITHHELD FOR THEIR PROTECTION.


KEVIN: OK, let’s get started. We all know why we’re here.

COMMISSIONER: What, no donuts?

COMMISSIONER: Yeh, what the hell kinda meeting is this?

KEVIN: Order, please! We want to get right down to business. I’ve got a VAST RIGHT WING CONSPIRACY meeting to get to after this. Alright, there is only one item on the agenda, but it’s very important. Any discussion?

COMMISSIONER:  Sure. I think we better make sure we know what we’re doing. This has never been done on Week-ends ever that I can recall.

COMMISSIONER: Never.

COMMISSIONER: So, what are you saying? It shouldn’t happen?

COMMISSIONER: No, I’m not saying that at all. I’m just suggesting we need to be extremely confident in this selection.

KEVIN: People, people. We don’t have much time. I don’t have to remind you this is a weekly blog and we must reach a decision, yes or no, right now.

COMMISSIONER: Is it appropriate? Does this selection truly fit the category in question?

COMMISSIONER: Those are legitimate questions. I say while it comes close, it might fall just a bit short.

COMMISSIONER: Wait a minute, we’ve had borderline calls in the past. After all, it is isn’t easy putting this baby to bed every week, what with everything going on all over the place. It’s virtually impossible to include everything and everybody. Something or someone’s bound to get overlooked.

COMMISSIONER: That’s why I think this selection is on the money. It gets the benefit of the doubt, especially if you say it’s real close.

COMMISSIONER: It’s not close. It’s an obvious choice. Makes sense. Fits the category. Personally, I think when people read it, they’re going to love it and have no problem with it. No one’s going to say, “Why the hell did Fischer put that in there?”

COMMISSIONER: What about any downside?
 KEVIN: Good point, Commissioner XXX. What about it, everyone? Any downside you can see?

SILENT PAUSE

COMMISSIONER: By golly, I can’t think of any negatives.

KEVIN: No repercussions, nasty e-mails, calls for my head…

COMMISSIONER: No, no, no, not even close.

COMMISSIONER: You know, the more I consider this, the more I think it’s a terrific idea.

KEVIN: I’m thinking there might be a few who don’t see it that way.

COMMISSIONER: Kev, don’t start that junk. There’s always going to be….you know….the naysayers…..the ones who don’t like what you say.

COMMISSIONER: Yep! No good right winger!

COMMISSIONERS: (LAUGHTER!)

KEVIN: Soooo self-serving!

COMMISSIONER: (MORE LAUGHTER!)

COMMISSIONER: Don't forget nasty and rude!

COMMISSIONER: Yeh, cruel and mean, mean and cruel!

COMMISISONERS:  (EVEN MORE LAUGHTER!)

KEVIN: (POUNDS GAVEL) Alright, let’s not get unruly here. I get your point. No, you’re not going to please everyone. But I firmly believe this selection for this category is so deserving that even my harshest critics, even those hateful lefty nutjobs won’t be able to find any of their sophomoric stupidity to say about it. Unless I hear a compelling argument otherwise, it’s going in the blog Saturday. Any objections?

COMMISSIONER: I guess there’s a first time and this is as good a time as any.

KEVIN: Then it’s settled. It’s in. Any other business?

COMMISSIONER: Oh, yeh, about donuts for the next meeting…

KEVIN: We are adjourned! (GAVEL)


* NOTE: After a week off, special features, "Week-ends" and "The Barking Lot" return to This Just in Saturday morning

No InterCHANGE tonight


For those of you who watch the program, because MATC was closed today due to the storm, and MATC is where the Channel 10 studios are, there will be no taping of the show today. So, no program tonight or Sunday morning. The next InterCHANGE is scheduled for Friday, January 9, 2009.

Franklin garbage pick-up


At 10:30 this morning, Veolia pulled all their trucks off Franklin streets and suspended pickup of trash and recycling.  Veolia will finish their routes Saturday morning.

You are advised to pick up any debris that may have blown out of recycling bins.

And remember, if a fire hydrant is on your property, please dig it out.

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