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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.

Friday Night Live


Tonight’s guests are:

Kiss, ABBA, and the Captain and Tennille.

In the 70’s, In Concert and The Midnight Special aired on Friday nights. On Saturday night, it was Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert.

Prior to his 70's show, Kirshner was a successful record producer in the 60’s. From

“Kirshner employed some of the best writers in the business including Carol King, Neil Diamond and Tommy Boyce. The latter two artists played a large part in the success of another Kirshner creation, the pop group the Monkees. Kirshner's staff of writers churned out hit song after hit song for such groups as the Drifters, the Ronettes, the Crystals and the Shangri-Las, upping the standard of songwriting significantly in the process. 

In 1966, the enterprising Kirshner embarked on the second stage of his professional career when he developed America's answer to the Beatles. By creating the Monkees, a group assembled by placing advertisements in various trade papers, for the NBC network, Kirshner created a cute, loveable, slightly anti-establishment rock group that would parade around in a half-hour TV show while going on zany adventures a la the Beatles in a Hard Day's Night and Help! The kids loved it. And so did Columbia when they received the royalty checks from the Monkee's hits.

After the Monkees ran their course, Kirshner formed Don Kirshner productions in 1973 to produce his successful Don Kirshner's Rock Concert series. The ‘Rock Concert’ series ran for several years before Kirshner eventually moved away from rock n' roll and into TV production in the mid '70s.”

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Friday night on InterCHANGE

Dan Jones, Gerard Randall, Joel McNally and I discuss the following on Milwaukee Public Television, Channel 10, Friday night at 6:30, Sunday morning at 11:00:

1– Milwaukee Weather & Lake Delton.

Weather is certainly the talk of the town.  How did Milwaukee and surrounding communities handle the storms that drenched our parts?  Is there any way we could have been more prepared?  Is it ridiculous to think we can be immune from the problems that Mother Nature sends our way?  Did MMSD do what it is supposed to do?  Is dumping raw waste into Lake Michigan just expected at this point in time?  Should homeowners who had flooded basements be expected to be made whole again by their insurers, or by the government?  Or, should they be on their own and just forced to deal with it?  How about the draining of Lake Delton in the Wisconsin Dells?  Should the state and federal governments be asked to rebuild that “man made” lake?  Or, should that be the responsibility of the businesses over there which have made millions off of the tourism industry?  Is it folly to rebuild a lake and expect it can be immune to the forces of nature?

2 – Milwaukee Schools.

I don’t think folks are that surprised that there might be problems
at Bradley Tech High School, but many of us were surprised when students were arrested and police officers hurt at Riverside High School?  Isn’t Riverside supposed to be one of the jewels of MPS?  Isn’t this the school for the bright and the college bound?  The next day police show up in riot gear and on horses.  Did the Milwaukee Police Department over react, or are they sending a clear message that something like this will not happen again? Are even the best schools of MPS a disappointment when compared to private schools?  Should the taxpayers be expected to contribute even more money for hiring even more security?

3– Obama & McCain.

Granted we’re six months away from the election, but is there any stopping Obama-mania?  What do you see possibly happening in the months ahead that would possibly put John McCain ahead in the polls?  One recent poll has Obama with a double digit lead already here in Wisconsin?  Are the facts that we have an incredibly unpopular war going on, and an incredibly unpopular president, and an incredibly difficult economy simply too much for any republican candidate to overcome?  Is Obama so popular because of who he is and what he stands for?  Or, is he popular because he represents a change from the status quo?

New photos added to my flooding blog

My blog of flooding photos seems to be of great interest.

I've updated with new photos., FYI.

It's halftime of the NBA Finals, Game 4...

And during the entire frst half, there wasn't a single Mark Baden sighting on Channel 12.


Did Doyle daddle while Wisconsin was getting flooded?

Jim Wigderson raises the question which leads to some interesting back and forth commentary on his blog.

Freedom Eden also blogged about Doyle.

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