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.
“Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.”
Norman Vincent Peale
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 smooth our way into Saturday and Sunday.
Tonight and for the rest of the year on our Friday night music blog, Christmas music. Because after all, music is the universal language.
Sorry about being so tardy.
Traditionally this first Christmas music blog features brand new Christmas music, so we won’t mess with tradition.
Saxman Dave Koz has never disappointed with his Christmas albums.
“Christmas songs already have, inherently, in their DNA, all the things you want in a piece of music,” says Koz. “Why do we want to hear these same songs year after year? Because they’re more than just lyrics or notes on a page. They’re touchstones. They are musical doorways that enable us to go back and visit times in our lives that were much simpler and much more innocent.”
His new album has plenty of guests, including another saxophone star. I’m sure you’ll recognize Dave Koz’s guest and his distinctive sound on our first selection.
“Kenny is a good friend, and we’ve known each other for many years, but we’d never recorded together,” says Koz. “So this track is something of a musical moment – a coming together of two people who have played the saxophone for a very long time. This was an opportunity for each of our musical identities to be well represented – soprano sax for him, tenor sax for me – and yet we could meet in the middle and play off each other. Kenny was very open to the concept of doing a big band arrangement with a killer rhythm section and it was really fun.”
During 2014 you’ve probably heard this female vocalist, and more than once, but you may not know her name.
Idina Menzel teams up with Michael Buble and the collaboration is way beyond cute!
There aren’t many great Thanksgiving songs. “Count Your Blessings.”
When I'm worried and I can't sleep
I count my blessing instead of sheep
And I fall asleep, counting my blessings
When my bankroll is gettin' small
I think of when I had none at all
And I fall asleep, counting my blessings
I think about a nursery
And I picture curly heads
And one by one I count them
As they slumber in their beds
If you're worried and you can't sleep
Just count your blessings instead of sheep
And you'll fall asleep counting your blessings.
|Since I know how much you care about our financially struggling military families, I wanted to give you a heads-up on something: Here at the Coalition we've just launched our 2014 Thanksgiving "Thank You" Meals Project, and we really need your help.
As in past years, our goal is to provide $60 to as many severely disabled troops as possible so they can provide their families with meals over the Thanksgiving holiday. Your gift of $60 can help provide a meal for a severely wounded serviceman or woman and their family on Thanksgiving. Your donation of $120 can help feed TWO families, $180 can help THREE families, and so on. And of course smaller gifts can be combined to feed a military family in need.
By the way, I'm happy to report that for the past five Thanksgiving "Thank You" Meals Projects, Coalition supporters have contributed a total of $758,700 to our Thanksgiving "Thank You" Meal Project, allowing us to provide more than 12,000 meals to our wounded heroes over Thanksgiving weekend.
Now we need to keep up the good work!
By the way, if you're not sure your Thanksgiving gift can make a real difference, check out this thank you letter that came in.
After receiving $60 from a previous Coalition Thanksgiving "Thank You" Meals Project, a wounded servicewoman named Maggie wrote in to say,
I'm retired Army General John K. Singlaub. As I've mentioned to you before, because of the sluggish government bureaucracy our wounded warriors are waiting an average of 10 months - and often more than a year - to get their first government disability check after leaving the hospital and being separated from active service.
Obviously they can't wait 10 months to feed their families. They need help right now.
I don't want to say "no" to even one disabled hero who said "yes" to serving our country . . . and I know you wouldn't want me to.
These brave servicemen and women, some just 19 or 20 years old, went to war to protect your family and mine from terrorism.
Now some will never be able to see, or hear, or hug or chase after their little boy or girl because they've lost their arms or legs.
You and I can't heal their physical injuries or make them whole again. (No one can.)
But we can let them know their sacrifice hasn't been forgotten . . . and that someone cares enough to say "thank you" by helping to feed their family, because they risked their life to protect yours.
So please make the largest Thanksgiving donation you can afford.
Every additional military family we're able to help will have you to thank!
Major General John K. Singlaub
U.S. Army (Ret.)
P.S. I wanted to be sure you knew the Coalition's 2014 Thanksgiving "Thank You" Meals Project has been launched.
Nearly every day we're receiving new requests for emergency financial aid, and I don't want to have to turn away even one hungry military family. Our troops and veterans who have been paralyzed, burned, blinded or suffered other injuries desperately need your continued support.
Remember your gift of $60 can help provide a meal for a severely wounded serviceman or woman and their family on Thanksgiving. Your donation of $120 can help feed TWO families, $180 can help THREE families, and so on. And of course smaller gifts can be combined to feed a military family in need.
Your past friendship and generosity are truly appreciated!