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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.

Goodnight everyone, and have a Daddy-O weekend


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.

Tonight, a very special musical theme. In honor of Father’s Day this weekend, I’ll dip into my late father’s record collection.

Those old LP’s are quite memorable. Music was often played in the Fischer house. Naturally, I had no idea back then how good some of those albums were and still are. Any time something with more than one violin came through the speakers, all I could think was, “why?”

To best describe my dad’s rainbow of music would be to categorize it as ultra-lounge. Oh yeh, when it came to music, my dad was very cool. Andre Kostelanetz and Arturo Toscanini? You bet. He also loved The Beatles and the Dave Clark Five.

So let's begin.

He was the most successful orchestra leader of the rock and roll era, enjoying great success in the 50’s, some success in the early 60’s, and then falling victim to the full blown onslaught of rock, he was forced to retire from the music business in 1970.

His sound was characterized by smooth saxophones.

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Franklin School Board + 2 new members = same old school board

Tucked inside the latest entry of new Franklin School Board member Janet Evans’ exciting blog is actually some important information other than upcoming district bake sales.

Janet informs us, albeit buried, that the proposed Franklin school tax levy for next year will be $30,607,191 compared to last year’s levy of $29,464,517.

I think if you take away the superintendent’s salary and benefit package and those of all the other administrators and personnel, the levy might be around $5 million, but please don’t quote me on that.

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45 life lessons and 5 to grow on

E-mails. I get e-mails. Jokes, cartoons, stories, articles. Some are good. Others are very good. A few are great. Most are, well……hit delete.

A good friend of mine understands what I like to see in my inbox and I must admit his batting average is pretty impressive.

He sent me one of those travelling e-mails that included a column written by 90-year old columnist Regina Brett of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Brett is a columnist.

And she does write for the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

But 90 years old?

If she's 90, she better not hang around any retirement homes, for her own safety.

OK, so she's not 90. But she did write an extremely popular column in 2006 that continues to make the rounds. It's truly worthy of the all the attention years later.

"50 life lessons" and more can be read here.

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