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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.

More Music of Christmas-Hawaiian style

More music of Christmas


My wife and I just spent our babymoon in the 50th state. Right along with the tropical breezes and warm temperatures were plenty of seasonal decorations and lots of holiday music. This could be construed as audio and/or video torture, but given our climate as of late, I thought it would actually be nice to share some tunes Jennifer and I saw performed in Hawaii. 

Bing Crosby recorded 6 Christmas songs with the Andrews Sisters for Decca Records. Here's the well-known 1950 tune, "Mele Kalikimaka." (If this becomes too painful and you must turn away, I think I understand).



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The questions of the evening....

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Friday night on InterCHANGE?????

 
As many of you know, Channel 10’s InterCHANGE is taped in the studios of MATC. If the weather conditions force the closing of MATC, there will be no InterCHANGE Friday night at 6:30, Sunday morning at 11:00. If there is a show, here are the topics we’ll discuss:


1 – FIVE YEARS IN PRISON FOR KILLING HER BABY.


An emotionally troubled woman gets five years in prison for drowning her baby.  Is five years enough for murdering a baby?  What kind of message does that send?  Will the woman who recently murdered her foster child here also get 5 years?  Does the court system forgive you if you are “emotionally troubled” or “mentally ill” or if you had a “tough and abusive background.”  Or, does the court system (rightfully so?) not hold mentally ill people responsible for their criminal actions?


2 – CAROLINE KENNEDY.


Is Caroline Kennedy qualified for the position of United States Senator?  Or, is it just because some people want Camelot to continue?  Is she any more qualified for a big time position than Sarah Palin was?


3 – S.N.L.


Saturday Night Live made fun of the blind New York Governor.Was it funny?  Did it cross the line?  Is it funny to make fun of someone with a disability?  Do different rules apply because it is Saturday Night Live?  Because he is a politician?  Or, was SNL just being irreverent like it always has been?


4- 2009.


Any predictions for big things that might happen locally, statewide, or nationally in the coming year?  Any major things that you’d like to see happen? 

I'll ask the question again


Walk into the Franklin Public Library, straight ahead, through the front doors, there it is, a large Christmas tree.

Inside Franklin City Hall, there is no large Christmas tree. Outside? Nope.

Inside the City Clerk's Office, there on the reception desk, there's one of those minature jobs, about a foot tall. If there's a larger tree somewhere else in the building, I'm unaware.

A tree is one thing. How about a creche? My, wouldn't that be.....authentic. Try appropriate.

And so I ask, as I did in a blog last December, should Franklin City Hall display a Nativity scene?

I say .......

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YES.
 

It’s too late for this year, but I would wholeheartedly support setting up a Nativity scene inside or outside Franklin City Hall next year.

Numerous city halls around the country or city owned property have Nativity displays. 

By the way…..if you were even slightly upset or a bit uneasy reading this blog, then, I'm sorry, but you just don’t get it and never will.

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

A Milwaukee legend is dead

Milwaukee polka king Louie Bashell died Wednesday after a long illness.

In January of 2007, Rick Romell of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel wrote:

"If you're younger than, say, 50, you probably don't know it, but in Wisconsin, Louie Bashell and 'Concertina Millie' Kaminski are polka royalty, which is why they're here.

Not here literally _ although on a recent afternoon that's true _ but here figuratively and permanently, enshrined at the Chandelier Ballroom in the Wisconsin Polka Hall of Fame.

For 75 years, until he was pushing 90, Louie worked spots like the Chandelier, cut records and generally tore up the Slovenian-style polka world. In his Hall of Fame photo, he's rearing back with his Lo Duca accordion, a shock of thick white hair topping his head and a fierce grin on his face.

Millie still plays. For that matter, she still cuts her own lawn. She started in music at age 12 and, while she's coy about her age _ 'What you don't know won't hurt you,' she says _ the fact is she's within a few laps of Louie. She's played on TV and radio, in many taverns and at lots of weddings. Lately, she's been playing funerals.

In her Hall of Fame photo, Millie rests her chin on crossed hands, cradling her concertina like it was a favorite pet. She's pleased to be here, but has an interesting way of keeping the honor in perspective.

'When you're dead,' she says, 'at least there's still a picture of you up there. If your relatives got your pictures, I think they kind of throw `em away.'

Thanks to the Wisconsin Polka Hall of Fame, that won't happen to her and Louie. Now they belong to the ages."



A February 1996 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article reported:

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