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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 delightful holiday 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, more great sounds of the season.

We open with a swingin', toe tappin' version of Rudolph from the Glenn Miller Orchestra.


How about we slow it down with a wonderfully soft version of "Joy to the World" from a great Christmas series. These CD's need to be in your personal collection.

Bruce Mitchell performs.

Next, the group that has sold more than 35 million albums, with more than 27 million sold in the Christmas genre alone.....Mannheim Steamroller.


"The alias of composer Chip Davis, Mannheim Steamroller was among the pioneers of neo-classical electronic music, emerging as one of the driving forces behind the new age phenomenon.
He founded his own company, American Gramaphone, in 1974, creating a fictitious band named Mannheim Steamroller.  In 1984, Davis issued Mannheim Steamroller Christmas, which shocked onlookers by selling over five million copies on the strength of a Top 40 Adult Contemporary rendition of 'Deck the Halls.' It was followed four years later by A Fresh Aire Christmas, another unqualified hit. . Although in the early '90s Davis began recording under his own name for the first time, he also maintained the Mannheim Steamroller guise for a series of seasonal recordings, among them 1995's Christmas in the Aire, 1997's Christmas Live and 1998's Christmas Angel: A Family Story. 1999's two-disc 25 Years celebrated Mannheim Steamroller's silver anniversary."

The Gazette in Cedar Rapids, Iowa in its review of a Mannheim Steamroller concert this month wrote:

"The French carol 'Pat a Pan' veered in another direction, capturing the bittersweet flavor of the holidays. Evoking images of rugged European coastlines, the accompanying video followed a young man from the childhood Christmas in which he received a drum, through his teen years, courtship, marriage and eventual death in war."

Mannheim Steamroller appears at the Milwaukee Theatre December 22-23.

Before we bring out our next guest, please watch this short clip....


That's right, Charlie Brown!

And to do it right, here's David Benoit!

That's it for this week's segment.



Sleep well.

Have a great weekend.

We close with David Arkenstone.



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