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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 goodbye to summer weekend

“But then fall comes, kicking summer out on its treacherous ass as it always does one day sometime after the midpoint of September, it stays awhile like an old friend that you have missed. It settles in the way an old friend will settle into your favorite chair and take out his pipe and light it and then fill the afternoon with stories of places he has been and things he has done since last he saw you.”

Stephen King, “Salem’s Lot

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...a reluctant farewell to summer that ends tomorrow, Saturday, with the first day of autumn.

In the upper Midwest, summer is cherished, cradled, fondled, elevated to a gigantic, almost constant ongoing party, until suddenly, it's gone, blown away by frosty winds.

Three months of summer are instantly replaced by a week or two of fall, followed by what seems to be an interminable winter.

Summer this year officially began on June 21, 2012. That wasn't that long ago. Remember what was going on at the time? Here are some headlines:

Pizza chains denounce calorie labeling in stores

Closing arguments to be made in Sandusky trial

Video of Karen Klein, elderly school bus monitor, being verbally abused goes viral, sparks charity

LeBron James Wins First NBA Title as Miami Ousts Oklahoma City

Healthcare Awaits Imminent Supreme Court Verdict

Referees Accuse NFL of Bypassing Union in Contract Talks

Seizure Leads to U.S. Commerce Secretary's Resignation

Greenspan: U.S. Economy Looks `Very Sluggish'
Another Florida ‘zombie’ attack? Naked man storms girlfriend’s house, bites chunk out of man’s arm

Woman super-glued to Walmart toilet seat

Woman crashes car, gets naked, stops for dessert

Why low-fat salad dressing may NOT be healthiest

Alec Baldwin says punching photographers is funny

Woman drives Buick into sand trap, blames it on GPS

Ahh, summertime was just beginning, and the livin’ was easy.


Our next performer hails from London though she's originally from Poland. Her full name is Basia Trzetrzelewska, but the music world knows her as Basia.

Basia loved American music, especially jazz. After failing to catch on as a singer in the Chicago area, she moved to London in 1981 and joined the group, Matt Bianco. The band's first album was a big success, and Basia and keyboardist Danny White left to perform under the name, Basia and immediately hit it big with popular-selling albums until 1995. About that time, Basia cut back on her recording, saying her mother's death and wars throughout the world made it difficult for her to sing upbeat material.

Danny White persuaded her to return with him to the Matt Bianco band that got back together again. A world tour emerged, and then Basia and White left Matt Bianco again.

Last year, Basia released, "It's That Girl Again" that features, "Blame it on the Summer."


One of the superstars of smooth jazz is Paul Hardcastle. His genre has been labeled New Adult Contemporary.

Hardcastle’s website says, “To hear the music of Paul Hardcastle is like taking an exciting journey into a mysterious land of warm, colorful sights and sounds; completely transporting you through a wide spectrum of audible levels of emotion.”

This is an appropriate selection for tonight's theme.




That's a fairly recent composition. Now we dip into the pop music vault.

Next up, one of the greatest vocalists of all-time. One of the composers of this next hit, George David Weiss, was also one of the writers of Elvis’ “Can’t Help Falling in Love.”

This song reminds that we all have one special day that we remember, a day we’d like to live over and over again.



That song charted in 1963. The following year, Nat King Cole learned he had lung cancer. He died a few months later in 1965. Cole was 45 years old.

That's it for tonight's entry.


Sleep well.

Have a great weekend.

Hope your summer was memorable.

Time to close.

Do you remember?




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