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 baby 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, seriously good music fit for this first day of this month.
We begin with a classic sung by the man who did it better than anyone else.
From onstage with the Rat Pack...
Next up, a live recording that just turned 50 years old.
And it’s historic.
From the Honolulu Star-Advertiser:
“Congress in the late 1950s authorized the construction of the memorial to honor the crewmembers entombed when the USS Arizona was sunk during an aerial attack by the Japanese that plunged the United States into World War II. The Pacific War Memorial Commission was tasked with raising $500,000 to build the USS Arizona Memorial.
Ralph Edwards, host of the hit TV series, ‘This is Your Life,’ kicked off the public fundraising efforts on his Dec. 3, 1958 show when he featured
But contributions and attention dwindled over the next couple years, with less than half of the $500,000 raised. (Elvis) Presley's manager, Colonel Tom Parker, read about the stalled efforts in the Los Angeles Examiner.
Presley, who was already scheduled to be in the islands to film ‘Blue Hawaii,’ agreed to help by performing a benefit concert. It was his last live stage performance for more than eight years.
On March 25, 1961, the 26-year-old Presley took the stage to an arena packed with 4,000 frenzied, screaming fans who paid anywhere from $3 to $100 a ticket.
The concert raised about $54,000, and public and private donations poured in following the show, which received heavy publicity across the country.
Here is one of the 15 songs Elvis did that night…
How about another teen idol?
Remember the Ozzie and Harriet Show?
At the end of each program, Ricky Nelson would always sing in front of a crowd of admiring teens….
Check out the lead guitarist, James Burton. He’s in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and toured for years with Elvis.
That’s it for tonight.
Have a great weekend.
We close with a medley of 60’s tunes made famous by Sergio Mendes.
The tune that fits our theme tonight was written by Lennon and McCartney.