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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 weekend that's elementary!

“You're a cop, a flatfoot, a bull, a dick, John Law. You're the fuzz, the heat; you're poison, you're trouble, you're bad news. They call you everything, but never a policeman.”

Jack Webb as Joe Friday on Dragnet

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, music dedciated to fictional law enforcers.

Here's how some of tonight's music selections have been described by reviewers on
"...slick, cool, mysterious, and sounds like there's danger lurking around every corner."

"My four year old son loves to listen to this with me in the car & enjoys pretending that we're bad guys being chased by the police. I think I enjoy the fantasy about as much as he does thanks to this set of tunes that conjure images of car chases, private eyes, mobsters on the run."

After four weeks in theaters across America, moviegoers can't get enough of two very popular sleuth films. "Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows" has already raked in over $157 million. To launch us into this week's segment and set the proper mood, here's a selection from the movie soundtrack, the driving, suspenseful, "Zu Viele Füchse Für Euch Hänsel."



“It's not much of a life, unless you don't mind missing a Dodger game because the hotshot phone rings. Unless you LIKE working Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays, at a job that doesn't pay overtime. Oh, the pay's adequate-- if you count pennies you can put your kid through college, but you better plan on seeing Europe on your television set.

And then there's your first night on the beat. When you try to arrest a drunken prostitute in a Main St. bar and she rips your new uniform to shreds. You'll buy another one-- out of your own pocket. And you're going to rub elbows with the elite-- pimps, addicts, thieves, bums, winos, girls who can't keep an address and men who don't care. Liars, cheats, con men-- the class of Skid Row.”
More Joe Friday on Dragnet

Late nights. Dimly-lit streets. Back alleys. Fast speed chases. Smoke-filled speakeasies in the tough part of town. This next medley will conjure up images you can feel.

Legendary trumpeter Ray Anthony gives us “Walkin’ to Mother’s,” “Fall Out,” and “Peter Gunn.”


“Four years in uniform and you'll have the ability, the experience and maybe the desire to be a detective. If you like to fly by the seat of your pants, this is where you belong. For every crime that's committed, you've got 3 million suspects to choose from. And most of the time, you'll have few facts and a lot of hunches. You'll run down leads that dead-end on you. You'll work all-night stakeouts that could last a week. You'll do leg work until you're sure you've talked to everybody in the state of California: people who saw it happen, but really didn't. People who insist they did it, but really didn't. People who don't remember; those who try to forget. Those who tell the truth; those who lie. You'll run the files until your eyes ache.”
More Joe Friday on Dragnet

Next, a super jazzy sound from another legend, the late, great Count Basie and his Orchestra and a terrific version of a James Bond movie theme.

Golden words he will pour in your ear
But his lies can't disguise what you fear
For a golden girl knows when he's kissed her
It's the kiss of death ...

From Mister Goldfinger
Pretty girl, beware of his heart of gold
This heart is cold

He loves only gold
He loves gold

“And paperwork? You'll fill out a report when you're right, you'll fill out a report when you're wrong, you'll fill one out when you're not sure, you'll fill one out listing your leads, you'll fill one out when you have no leads, you'll make out a report on the reports you've made. You'll write enough words in your lifetime to stock a library.”
Joe Friday on Dragnet

You just might recognize this next instrumental classic performed by Larry Elgart and his Orchestra as part of the Hooked on Swing series during the 1980’s.


“’Harlem Nocturne’ is a saxophone-saturated song born in 1939 that has had a long shelf life –a song that found pop fame 20 years, and again nearly 50 years after its first release.  Perhaps most notably the song came to wide popular notice in the early- and mid-1960s in a rendition by a group called The Viscounts.  But ‘Harlem Nocturne’ would rise again in the 1980s, used for the TV series Mike Hammer and a related Hollywood film.  In its musical sojourn, ‘Harlem Nocturne’ became one of those classic and timeless instrumentals that filled the airways and nightclubs over the decades in many cover versions, even to this day."

Some 500 artists and groups have recorded this classic.


You'll learn to live with doubt, anxiety, frustration. Court decisions that tend to hinder rather than help you. You'll learn to live with the District Attorney, testifying in court, defense attorneys, prosecuting attorneys, judges, juries, witnesses. And sometimes you're not going to be happy with the outcome.

But there's also this: there are over 5,000 men in this city, who know that being a policeman is an endless, glamourless, thankless job that's gotta be done.

I know it, too, and I'm damn glad to be one of them.”
Joe Friday on Dragnet

The 60’s movie, “The Silencers” starring Dean Martin as Matt Helm opens with a sultry, sexy dance number performed by Cyd Charrisse. She lip sync’s while Vikki Carr does the vocals.

Check out those lyrics. Good stuff.



That's it for this week's segment.


Sleep well.

Have a great weekend.

"Mission Impossible - Ghost Protocol" has grossed over $169 million in four weeks. We close with a track from the soundtrack, the very familiar "Light the Fuse." 

A big HT to Tom McMahon for posting the entire "What is a Cop?" script from Dragnet

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