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.
“Summer is kind of like the ultimate one-night stand: hot as hell, totally thrilling, and gone before you know it.”
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.
Tonight, one last grasp of summer, my favorite season of the year.
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 14 months of winter. Alright, I know that's mathematically incorrect, but you get my drift.
Summer this year officially began on June 21, 2011. That wasn't that long ago. Remember what was going on at the time? Here are just a few items:
North Carolina man robs store for a dollar so he can get health care in prison for medical problems.
New bride arrested for biting, beating her husband during attack just hours after their wedding.
Woman pleads guilty to stashing stolen mink coat in her underwear for 3 days.
Bruce Springsteen gives 'The Big Man' a memorable send-off at funeral of Clarence Clemons.
Jack McKeon returns to manage Florida Marlins at age 80, second oldest in MLB ever to Connie Mack.
St. Louis Cardinals lose Albert Pujols for approximately six weeks due to fractured left wrist.
LeAnn Rimes shows off bikini body in Twitter photo, continues to shrug off scary skinny criticism.
Summer was just beginning.
The nights have been chilly this week, that's for sure. I hope you haven’t forgotten last Monday and had the good fortune to be outdoors and soak in what might have been the most beautiful night of the entire year.
Perfect temperature, around 80 degrees.
And that breeze.
I was working a high school soccer game in the press box, running the clock. We opened the windows as far as we could and smiled as that wind blew in. My partner, Mike Wenzel and I agreed. It wouldn’t get any better than this the rest of our high school soccer schedule.
It really, really was that nice.
Next up, a mix of classical and jazz.
Remember the early 70's and that great instrumental of 2001: A Space Odyssey? It was performed by Eumir Deodato.
From those early years of his career, "The Spirit of Summer."
When I was 7, 8 years old, I’d never go anywhere outdoors without my RCA Transistor Radio in tow with its light brown case. I even attached it to my bike. It was tuned to one of two stations: WRIT or WOKY.
Of course, some trips required a car and that meant Dad was driving and Dad was in control of the then universal AM radio and its controls.
WRIT and WOKY slooooowwwwed down.
I didn’t appreciate what I heard at the time, a prisoner in the back seat. But I remember. Boy do I remember.
Here’s a great remake of one of those songs that had my Dad humming and me squirming uncomfortably as we drove along in his Buick.
That's it for this Friday's installment.
Have a great weekend.
The thermometer might not oblige but throw all caution to the wind this weekend. Do something summery this weekend!
We close with that great cover band, Stars on 45, doing a fantastic medley of hits from America's best summer band.