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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 let loose this Christmas weekend!


“Unless we make Christmas an occasion to share our blessings, all the snow in Alaska won't make it 'white'."
Bing Crosby


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.

During our Friday night musical get togethers, because many of us have experienced a fast-paced, relentless, hectic week, we relax with some soothing evening music.

On rare occasions, we succumb to the temptation to let loose. Such is the case this week as we focus again on sounds of the season.

Like their predecessors, the contemporary version of the Glenn Miller Orchestra can blow the roof off.

Their take on a children’s classic is a one-of-a-kind.



A Japanese woman dressed as a reindeer poses for a picture before the start of the Santa Claus Winter Games in Gallivare, above the polar circle in northern Sweden. Santas from all over the world gather for the games. (Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP/Getty Images)

Speaking of big bands, if you can find this CD, Jennifer and I recommend because it’s in our collection. Here are a few clips from Pete Jacobs and his Orchestra’s Christmas album.

A postal employee dressed as Santa Claus displays letters as he poses for the opening day of the Santa Claus secretariat in Libourne post office in France on November 6, 2012. Since 1962, they have operated as one of the postal addresses for mail sent to Santa Claus written by children from 160 countries. 1,400,000 letters and 180,000 emails have received replies during the 2011 Christmas holiday season. (Regis Duvignau/Reuters)

Time to swing.

The recent passing of Andy Williams once again demonstrates how few of the legendary crooners and great male vocalists are left.

What a great combo this is.

Tony Bennett.

The Count Basie Orchestra.


Chatsworth staff member Rosie Hodgkinson appears as Cinderella in the painted hall of Chatsworth as the stately home's Christmas events get underway on November 6, 2012 in Chatsworth, England. (Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)



LeAnn Rimes, and some of her friends.

LeAnn Rimes as sexy Mrs. Claus at Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles Christmas concert

Carly Serepetti checks out the decorated Christmas trees on display in Dearborn, Mich. (David Guralnick/Detroit News/Associated Press)

That’s it for this week.


Sleep well.

Have a great weekend.

For our close, please hold on to your hats for Brian Setzer and Brad Paisley.



A man kisses a woman as they look in the window of a jewelery shop on New Bond Street on November 26, 2012 in London. Shoppers spent an estimated £100m in the capital's West End over the weekend as Christmas approaches. (Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

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