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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 may the Lord always watch over you this weekend

Nostalgia


“He had perhaps the most beautiful male voice ever. Perfect pitch.”

Kathie Lee Gifford


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
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I was saddened this week to learn of the death of Andy Williams. With the exception of but a handful, the singers from Williams’ era and genre are all gone.

Williams’ career spanned nine decades earning him
18 gold and three platinum records and three Emmy Awards.

Columnist Tam Cowan wrote, “H
e's so much more than Mr. Moon River.” Tonight, we’ll remember some other Williams greats.

Williams’ TV variety show was a must-see in our home. The crooner made it cool to wear turtleneck sweaters.

"His television shows were great. He made you feel very at ease with him, and he made you smile and made you connect to the music and the songs he was singing."
Songwriter Burt Bacharach

 


 






A tune that captured the flavor (or one of the many) of the 1960’s was "Music to Watch Girls By." Williams put lyrics to the popular instrumental.  The recording reached #33 on the charts.

Lyricsfreak.com writes the song “became a huge surprise UK hit to a new young TV audience in 1999 when it reached #9 after featuring in new TV ads for the Fiat Punto--and later for Diet Pepsi…A new generation was reminded of Williams' recordings and a sell-out UK tour followed the success of the single, and he was given the nickname ‘The Emperor of Easy’ in the UK.”


 


 




Prior to his full dive into easy listening, Williams imitated Elvis on “Butterfly” in the 1950’s. Think of Andy Williams and “Moon River” and “Love Story” come to mind.

But how about the blues?

The year was 1959.









Movie songs became a staple.

On this love theme, Williams’ ending crescendo is phenomenal.


 









Ronald Reagan had this to say about the voice of Andy Williams. He called it a “national treasure.”





Goodnight.

Sleep well.

Have a great weekend.



 






 

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