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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 a youthful weekend!

Goodnight everyone!

"Never worry about the size of your Christmas tree. In the eyes of children, they are all 30 feet tall."

Larry Wilde

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.

We continue featuring Christmas music on our Friday night segment this week with an emphasis on kids because after all, isn’t Christmas all about, and for, children?

Each one of our entries includes children. Music producer David Foster gets us started.


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Friday Night Forgotten Oldie: What's better than a Santa Baby? Nothing

Friday Night Forgotten Oldie; Nostalgia

The naughty but nice Christmas song.

In 1953 Eartha Kitt recorded, “Santa Baby.”

From Kitt’s official website:

Eartha Mae Kitt was ostracized at an early age because of her mixed-race heritage.  At eight years old, she was given away by her mother and sent from the South Carolina cotton fields to live with an aunt in Harlem.  In New York her distinct individuality and flair for show business manifested itself, and on a friend’s dare, the shy teen auditioned for the famed KATHERINE DUNHAM DANCE TROUPEShe won a spot as a featured dancer and vocalist and before the age of twenty, toured worldwide with the company.  During a performance in Paris, Miss Kitt was spotted by a nightclub owner and booked as a featured singer at his club.  Her unique persona earned her fans and fame quickly, including Orson Welles, who called her “the most exciting woman in the world”Welles was so taken with her talent that he cast her as Helen of Troy in his fabled production of DR. FAUST


Eartha Kitt possesses one of the most seductive and feline voices ever known. She is the textbook diva — a woman who acts with divine providence as high as her cheekbones. She has danced for the Katherine Dunham dance troupe, acted on Broadway with Orson Welles and on film with Sidney Poitier, recorded pop hits and taken a place in the kitsch history books for her portrayal of Catwoman on the Batman TV series. Her American career came to a halt in January '68 when she made an anti-Vietnam remark at a White House luncheon hosted by Lady Bird Johnson. Kitt soon found herself blacklisted from performance venues and recording.

Following Kitt’s huge hit with “Santa Baby,” she recorded a follow-up in 1954 called, "This Year's Santa Baby."

Same melody. Same tune. Same music. Same Eartha Kitt. But a totally different song. 

However, the lyrics had been changed.

The 1954 recording, now 60 years old, bombed. Sank, kinda like Jaws II.

Forgotten? Big time.


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On Thanksgiving, how about giving thanks to...

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2ND UPDATE: In Franklin, "a truly historic and dramatic development package"

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Sheriff David Clarke, yet another reason we voted for you

In Ferguson...

A masked protester holds a flare during a demonstration, following the grand jury decision in the Ferguson, Missouri shooting of Michael Brown, in Oakland, California November 24, 2014 (Reuters / Stephen Lam)

A Ferguson firefighter surveys damage to a strip mall that was set on fire when rioting erupted following the grand jury announcement in the Michael Brown case on November 25, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri (AFP Photo / Scott Olson)

A woman approaches the barricade to confront the police outside the Ferguson Police Department in Ferguson, Missouri, November 24, 2014 (Reuters / Adrees Latif)

Protesters attack a police car during clashes following the grand jury decision in the death 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, on November 24, 2014 (AFP Photo / Jewel Samad)

Enter our sheriff...

With some uncommon common sense.

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