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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.

Friday Night Forgotten Oldie: Can you name these tunes from a galazy and time far, far away?

Friday Night Forgotten Oldie; Nostalgia

In the 70’s and early 80's, Meco Monardo gained fame for lending a disco/contemporary sound to movie music and great music of the past. He’s best known for his take on the soundtrack from “Star Wars.”


In 1977,  Meco saw the George Lucas film Star Wars on the day of its release and quickly became obsessed, seeing the picture numerous times; while admiring producer John Williams' score, he felt the music lacked commercial possibilities, and soon contacted Casablanca Records chief Neil Bogart about the possibility of a disco version. Working with veteran Broadway arranger Harold Wheeler, Meco  recorded Star Wars and Other Galactic Funk; soon the first single, "Star Wars Theme/Cantina Band," rose to number one.

Here’s a track from his album “Hooked on Instrumentals” that features a medley of memorable works by the great Leroy Anderson. See how many you recognize.

"Next to Johann Strauss there was nobody who could do a certain kind of music better than Anderson. I think he was one of the most completely innovative composers who ever lived - a wonderful and unique talent."
Nicolas Solinmsky, author, editor

The medley included:

Sleigh Ride

Blue Tango

Trumpeter's Lullaby

Syncopated Clock

Fiddle, Faddle

The Typewriter

Plink, Plank, Plunk


Bugler's Holiday

Did someone say, “Encore?”

OK. Gotta do it.

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