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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 suh-weeeeeeeet 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, sweet, sweet music.

Fellas, here’s your last warning. Tomorrow, Saturday is Sweetest Day.

Many skeptics and non-romantic fuddie duddies believe Sweetest Day was created by Hallmark during a corporate meeting of big wig’s in the 80’s.


Sweetest Day originated in the birth place of rock and roll, Cleveland, Ohio in 1922.

Herbert Birch Kingston had an idea. He wanted to somehow spread joy into the lives of orphans and shut-ins and those society had basically forgotten or turned its back on. Enlisting the help of friends, they passed out gifts to the underprivileged.

To mark the very first Sweetest Day, movie star Ann Pennington presented 2,200 Cleveland newspaper boys with boxes of candy to express gratitude for their work. Another movie star at the time, Theda Bara, gave out 10,000 boxes of candy to people in Cleveland hospitals and also gave candy to all who came to watch her film in a local theater.

A few years ago while filling in for Mark Belling on WISN the Friday before Sweetest day, I did what turned out to be, in my view, a hilariously entertaining segment about Sweetest Day.


There were the curmudgeons who angrily huffed and puffed they wouldn’t spend an extra dime for their spouses or significant other’s on Sweetest Day. Many others couldn’t say enough about how special the day was.

I’ll never forget the woman who called in who was dead serious who said she and her husband exchanged firearms on the third Saturday of October.

Kinda gets you choked up, doesn’t it?

Ok, time to get started.

You just never know who's going to drop in on our weekly Goodnight feature.......




Let's stay in the 60's and a group that was huge in Chicago. They hit it big in 1966 with their cover of a Searchers tune from 1963.....



Now it's back to the summer of 1972.

The year before, Gene Wilder starred in a movie as the eccentric owner of a candy factory who comes up with a plot to find an honest, loving child to take over his work. Anthony Newley and Leslie Bricusse wrote the music score for the film, “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.”

The very first song in the film was, “Candy Man,” sung horribly by Aubrey Woods. Newley, rightfully so, hated Woods’ version, and offered to play the role himself if the film’s producers didn’t re-shoot that part of the movie.  They said no. Newley said fine, this will never become a hit.

Mike Curb, president of MGM Records, recording an instrumental version of the song and decided to have Sammy Davis Jr. provide the lyrics. Problem was that Sammy didn’t like the song. But, thank goodness, he recorded the future #1 anyway.

He rarely performed it live. Here’s one of those rare occasions, in Germany, by request of an audience member.



For our next number, you'll need to stand up.......

Clap your hands.....

And wave your arms back and forth!



That's it for this evening.


Sleep tight.

Have a sweeeeeeeeeeet weekend.

My view on Sweetest's real. Don't scoff at it. Rekindle the romance. We're about to enter many months of cold, cruel, ugly weather. Don't let the embers die. Celebrate the sweetness, however you choose.


 Kool and The Gang


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