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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 hold on to summer 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....summer nights.

Summer is fading fast. So let's enjoy what we have left.

We begin tonight with guitarist Nils (pronounced Neels).

Born in Germany, Nils idolized rock bands Led Zeppelin and Deep Purple.

“But growing up in Germany, the chances to become a full time musician were rather slim, unless you wanted to play Top 40 or polkas. The schooling options were either a strictly classical Conservatory or a small private music school,” said Nils.

So he moved to Los Angeles in the mid-80’s and worked as a recording studio engineer, learning all the tricks of the trade. His first album came out in 1998 and he also composed for movies and television, and even wrote an instructional book, “How To Make Your Guitar Talk.”

While he prefers traditional jazz, Nils admits he has to make a living, so he performs smooth jazz.

In 2005, his “Pacific Coast Highway” was the most popular hit of the summer, staying at the top of the charts for seven weeks. Nils followed it up with “Summer Nights,” his second #1 hit.


Our next artist is part Bobby Darin, part Sinatra.

He's one of those performers you've probably heard but don't know his name.

His website proclaims, "Tracing a twenty-five year history from acclaimed soul stylist to in-demand pop and R&B songwriter, (he) is truly one of the most revered vocalists and songwriters in contemporary music today. As a singer, he has a successful career with numerous solo releases, which have earned accolades far and wide."

His biggest hit, "What You Won't Do For Love" has been recorded and sampled by more than 100 artists.

Here's Bobby Caldwell and a tune from 2009.

Bobby Caldwell

Next up, a jazz legend whose mother took him to see Duke Ellington when he was just four years old.

"I don't remember it too well, but my mother told me I went crazy. I ran around saying 'Get me a piano, get me a piano!'"

He has played with Al Jarreau, Sonny Rollins, Dexter Gordon, Frank Zappa, "Cannonball" Adderly, Nancy Wilson, Joe Williams, Dizzy Gillespie,  and Billy Cobham.

That's it for tonight.


Sleep well.

Have a great summer weekend.

Try not to think of what lies ahead.

Paul Hardcastle closes things out. 




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