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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.

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False.

So who do I hate?

Those liberals I’m always criticizing?

Nope.

Other bloggers?

Nope.

The anonymous crowd that e-mails me despicable stuff?

Nope.

Serial rapists, pedophiles?

Ooooohh. For the purposes of this particular blog……..

Nope.

In the 90’s when I worked at WTMJ, one of the many hats I wore was producing a daily 2-minute radio commentary. We called it Kevin Fischer’s radio column. Basically, it was my blog on the AM dial.

I recall one particular commentary in which I admitted my hatred. About a week later, I got a letter in the mail from a listener, expressing her deep disappointment. I’ll never forget it was written in perfect penmanship. No surprise, it was penned by a nun.

Dear Kevin, the good sister wrote. She had followed my career from the late 70’s at public radio. And now, just like my mother when I was knee-high to a grasshopper, she was scolding me. Stunned, she was, that I would use the word “hate” directed at anybody. And on the radio! How could I?

The nun had me dead to rights, guilty as charged. On Wisconsin’s largest and most-listened to radio station, I divulged the hate I felt in my heart and soul.

Mid-90’s. What’s the hottest debate in Milwaukee? In all of Wisconsin? What issue is getting oodles of attention on Wisconsin’s Sports Leader, WTMJ?

The Brewers.

The toilet they play in.

Milwaukee County Stadium.

The need for a new ballpark.

Without one, the Brewers leave town.

Milwaukee goes through the heartache, AGAIN, of losing a major league baseball team.

I lived through it once and I didn’t want to witness it again.  Once, and only once, I saw my late, great father cry. Dad would come home from his full-time job with the Post Office, quickly eat, and rush to County Stadium to usher at the Milwaukee Braves games.

Mid 60’s, September. I’m in the front seat of my Dad’s Buick as we drive to County Stadium where dad will sneak me in under the turnstiles. Dad and I are talking baseball.

“They (The Braves) aren’t coming back next year, are they, Dad?”

“No, they’re not,” my Dad said, in tears. First time, only time I ever saw him get that emotional.

I had two childhood heroes: Elvis and Henry Aaron. In grade school, Freddie Nicklaus and I would argue in line as we marched to Mass (We went to a Catholic School) over who was the better ballplayer, Aaron or Willie Mays.

When Aaron put on the Atlanta uniform after the team dumped us, I cheered for Aaron and the Braves. When Aaron was traded to the Brewers, any allegiance I had with the Braves ended.

I hated the Braves. Still do. Their manager, Bobby Cox, a wife beater. Their star player, Chipper Jones, the cheater of all-time. The tomahawk chop. Jane Fonda. I hate it all.

But nothing do I hate more than the fact that the team that this city gave its all for, up and left.

That 90’s WTMJ commentary of mine focused on the Braves, a team on top at the time  (I'm not real nuts about the Bears, either).

After receiving that letter from the nun, I broadcast a subsequent commentary that it’s ok, in the sports vernacular, to “hate” a sports team. It's not as though I want their team plane to go down, for heaven's sake. I just want them to perform miserably and lose every stinkin' day.

If I was on the air at WTMJ today, I would profess my hatred again.

I don’t understand why people who were born in Wisconsin, live in Wisconsin, and work in Wisconsin, root for the Cubs.

The dumbest argument I’ve heard by people who support the Cubs is that they are such lovable losers. Really? Did Chicago Cubs fans root for the Brewers when they stunk for 20 years?

Thursday night, I flipped between the Packer game and the Cubs-Phillies game. Yes, I know Barack Hussein Obama was preaching at the liberal convention. Sorry. I’ll catch the highlights later.

I’ll be brief. The Phillies had the Cubs beaten Thursday night, until a grand slam in the 8th by the Cubs did Philadelphia in. Heartbreak City. The Phillies had the game in hand until the bitter end.

As much as I hate to admit this, as well as the Brewers are playing, the Cubs are a better team with a far better manager. They appear to be destined to win the National League Central Division.

I’m extremely unhappy about that. You know why?

I hate the Chicago Cubs. I reallly do.

Sorry, Sister.



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