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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 ANOTHER great Christmas weekend!

 “It's over. For many …Christmas is over.

“Today December 26) is the day many will strip the tree, stick it by the curb and put all the holiday decorations back in their rightful and carefully marked boxes.

“For others it is over in that the cheerful pleasantries and smiles are already giving way to grunts and grumbles, perhaps because, much like the decorations all over the house, it's just time to get back to a less cheerful normal.

“We know, however, there remain a good many who keep the Christmas spirit going well after Christmas Day…Many of us annually bemoan how Christmas too often seems to come along and brighten our days and lift our spirits only to disappear as fast as a snowflake lighting on an open fire.”

From an editorial, Index-Journal, Greenwood, South Carolina, 12/26/13

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.

No, Christmas isn't over.

I get what the calendar says. But read this from

“In most Christian traditions, the ‘Christmas Season’ properly begins with Christmas Eve (after sunset on Dec. 24), while the ‘Twelve Days of Christmas’ refers to the period from Dec. 25 to Jan. 5.

“In different Churches, the Christmas Season might end on Jan. 6 (the traditional date of the Feast of the Epiphany), or might last until the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord (usually the Sunday after Epiphany), or might even last all the way to Feb. 2 (the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord, 40 days after Dec. 25).”

So for goodness sake, keep celebrating!

OK, let’s crank up more Christmas tunes!

The Airmen of Note is the premier jazz ensemble of the United States Air Force. Created in 1950 to carry on the tradition of Major Glenn Miller's Army Air Corps dance band, today the ‘Note’ features 18 of the most talented jazz musicians in the country and is one of the last touring big bands. As a result, it has earned an international reputation as one of the finest and most versatile big bands of its kind in the world.”

Very cool! Thanks, everyone, for sharing your musical talents and for serving our country.

Next up, this famous group specializes in neo-classical electronic music whose career exploded in 1984 when they released a Christmas album featuring a top 40 rendition of “Deck the Halls.” No one has sold more Christmas albums than Mannheim Steamroller.

Their latest holiday efforts include two albums of previously released arrangements with a major exception: the addition of members of a symphony orchestra.

You’ve probably heard Mannheim’s “Deck the Halls” a million times, but quite possibly not like this.



(Photo submitted to WTMJ-TV website)

In these parts we know all too well there’s lots of icy, snowy cold weather ahead providing plenty of opportunity to either enjoy or suffer through a seasonal wonderland.


For those of you who still have your tree up, good for you! Here’s an interesting little number I found on the Internet, a bossa nova rendition of a classic with a fun arrangement of guitar, vibraphone and jazz organ.

That’s it for this week’s segment.


Sleep well.

Have a great weekend and think Christmas.

We close with a few tracks from a great CD featuring exquisite instrumentation.


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