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.
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, sweet, sweet music.
Fellas, here’s your last warning. Tomorrow, Saturday is Sweetest Day.
Many skeptics and non-romantic fuddie duddies believe Sweetest Day was created by Hallmark during a corporate meeting of big wig’s in the 80’s.
Sweetest Day originated in the birth place of rock and roll,
Herbert Birch Kingston had an idea. He wanted to somehow spread joy into the lives of orphans and shut-ins and those society had basically forgotten or turned its back on. Enlisting the help of friends, they passed out gifts to the underprivileged.
To mark the very first Sweetest Day, movie star Ann Pennington presented 2,200
A few years ago while filling in for Mark Belling on WISN the Friday before Sweetest day, I did what turned out to be, in my view, a hilariously entertaining segment about Sweetest Day.
There were the curmudgeons who angrily huffed and puffed they wouldn’t spend an extra dime for their spouses or significant other’s on Sweetest Day. Many others couldn’t say enough about how special the day was.
I’ll never forget the woman who called in who was dead serious who said she and her husband exchanged firearms on the third Saturday of October.
Kinda gets you choked up, doesn’t it?
To start us off on our weekly Goodnight feature in honor of Sweetest Day, I’ve chosen one song that captures every single bit of sweetness.
Let’s go back top the summer of 1972.
The year before, Gene Wilder starred in a movie as the eccentric owner of a candy factory who comes up with a plot to find an honest, loving child to take over his work. Anthony Newley and Leslie Bricusse wrote the music score for the film, “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.”
The very first song in the film was, “Candy Man,” sung horribly by Aubrey Woods. Newley, rightfully so, hated Woods’ version, and offered to play the role himself if the film’s producers didn’t re-shoot that part of the movie. They said no. Newley said fine, this will never become a hit.
Mike Curb, president of MGM Records, recording an instrumental version of the song and decided to have Sammy Davis Jr. provide the lyrics. Problem was that Sammy didn’t like the song. But, thank goodness, he recorded the future #1 anyway.
He rarely performed it live. Here’s one of those rare occasions, in