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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 bites!

Shadows of the night...
Falling silently
Echo of the past...
Calling you to me
Haunting memory...
Veiled in misty glow
Phantom melody...
Playing soft and low

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, something very different.

It opened in theaters all across America today...

USA Today

"A playboy back in the 18th century, he (Barnabas Collins) dallied with lusty housemaid Angelique (Eva Green) but fell in love with pure-hearted Josette (Bella Heathcote). But Angelique was a witch who cast a spell that killed Josette and turned Barnabas into a vampire.

Set in the fishing village of Collinsport, Maine, which was established in 1750 by Joshua and Naomi Collins, the story grows lively when their aristocratic son, Barnabas, suddenly emerges in 1972, parched with bloodthirst. He finds his way to his family's ancestral manor, baffled by all he sees in the new world of hippies and troll dolls.

His relatives, now languishing in the faded elegance of the estate, take the return of their ancestor blandly in stride. Barnabas is determined to restore his family's luster and regain control of their fishing enterprise."

Starring Johnny Depp as Barnabas, the film is based on the 1960's gothic TV soap opera of the same name. Remember its opening?

Danny Elfman was the superb selection to compose the soundtrack for the new movie that definitely brings back memories of music from the TV series.


Here’s a clip featuring Depp as Barnabas and Michelle Pfeiffer as the matriarch of Collinwood, Elizabeth Stoddard Collins.


No, we’re not in Mayberry.

Back to the soundtrack!


During the run of Dark Shadows on TV, there was some noteworthy music. The most popular was not based on the series’ most famous character, Barnabas, but instead on Quentin Collins played by David Selby.

Quentin was another Collins ghost from the 1800’s. Remember, a lot of kids watched this program after running home from school to try to catch the beginning of each episode. The character of Quentin appeared from the past to the Collins children of today and as I recall didn’t speak a word of dialogue for the first few weeks. The tall, lanky Selby was intimidating, scary.

There he'd prowl in the attic of Collinwood with his Victrola and scratchy, eerie recording.


Quentin’s Theme would become a hit for the Charles Randolph Grean Sounde that featured a dusty old intro that would quickly blossom into a haunting waltz-like melody.

I smell a sequel.

That’s it for this evening.


Sleep well.

Have a great weekend.

We close with another music clip from the new movie.

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