Mitch Teich

Lake Effect Executive Producer / Co-host

Mitch joined WUWM in February 2006 as the Executive Producer of the locally produced weekday magazine program Lake Effect.

He brings over 28 years of broadcasting experience from radio stations across the country - in Iowa, Minnesota, New York, and Arizona. Prior to joining WUWM, Mitch served as News Director of KNAU - Arizona Public Radio, Executive Producer of the station's monthly news magazine program, and anchored and produced news programming.

He has won many awards including several regional awards from the Radio Television News Directors Association and national awards from PRNDI - Public Radio News Directors Inc.

He holds a bachelors degree in Political Science from Cornell College, Mount Vernon, Iowa. He lives in Wauwatosa with his wife Gretchen, daughter Sylvi and son Charlie. Mitch fills his copious spare time looking for his reading glasses, watching his beloved Boston Red Sox and cheering on his children on the ice rinks, ballfields, and cycling tracks of southeastern Wisconsin.

Ways to Connect

Mitch Teich

J. Hardin and Hayward Williams were both solo singer-songwriters working in Milwaukee, constantly "bumping into each other along the road." They even worked on each others' solo records.

"We liked the process of working together so much that we both just subconsciously [started] writing songs that the two of us could perform together," says Williams.

Audrey Nowakowski

For the latest Lake Effect On-Site, the team headed to Cedarburg ahead of the city's annual Strawberry Festival.

Mitch Teich

A couple of years ago, Milwaukee-area realtor and writer Kathleen Davis was on the verge of sending her oldest child off to college. And that got her to wondering whether childhood and adolescence had truly prepared him for the independence that he'd soon have. The result was her book You Never Told Me That! A Crash Course in Preparing Your Kids for Independence.

Editor's note: This conversation originally aired on November 27, 2009. 

Tensions are high in the world today, and we could all use a little comic relief. While you may not think of philosophy as the likely source of levity, philosophers Daniel Klein and Tom Cathcart are hoping to change your mind. 

Heike Huslage-Koch / Wikimedia


Michelle Maternowski

Co-hosts Mitch and Michelle talk with the owners of two pretzel companies — one packed with protein and another that calls itself "the people's pretzel." And, Mitch finds himself making some pretzel news.

>> Visit to listen to all of our pretz-tacular episodes.

Courtesy Mitch Teich

For more than 20 years, one of the funny staples of weekend public radio listening has been the comedy quiz show Wait! Wait! Don’t Tell Me! The show features a regular panel, special guests, and callers who weigh in on current news, events and pop culture in a way that blends improv with information.

Beaufort Books

Wisconsin writer J.F. Riordan set her series of novels on remote Washington Island, just off the tip of Door County. It’s a place that locals refer to as “North of the Tension Line.” A phrase that gave her series its name. While Riordan loves that place, she does much of her writing in the Milwaukee area.

It's that disconnect that informs the series of essays in her latest book: Reflections on a Life in Exile


For those who haven't heard the news, Mitch Teich is pulling up the stakes and moving to upstate New York. His last show as Lake Effect's executive producer will be Wednesday, June 19, at Lake Effect On-Site: Cedarburg.

As Alice Cooper once sang, "School’s out for summer." For a lot of kids, that means they're just a few short days away from the point where they complain about being bored. 

Mitch Teich

When new Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers and Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes went to get their picture taken for the state’s official highway map, they didn’t go to a studio or to the State Capitol in Madison. Instead, they traveled to a spot in Milwaukee.

Along the edge of Lake Michigan in Lakeshore State Park, there’s an official selfie stand. You can rest your camera on it, and snap a photo with the Milwaukee skyline in the background.  While it’s not the only reason people visit the park, it holds a lot of appeal — and a lot of cameras — for tourists.

Harper Collins Publishers

Have you assembled your summer beach reads yet? While there's lots to do in Milwaukee during the summer, there’s always time to read. Daniel Goldin, of Boswell Book Company, put together a list of books perfect for the wide ranging festivals and activities the city has to offer all summer:

For Germanfest: Resistance Women by Jennifer Chiaverini


Dylan Buell / Getty Images

While Wisconsin sports fans may be reeling from the Bucks' tough loss in the Eastern Conference Finals, Lake Effect sports contributor Shaun Ranft says fans should take solace in what was an extraordinary season by all accounts.

David Rose - WPA Pool /Getty Images

President Donald Trump is in Great Britain this week in advance of commemorations for the 75th anniversary of the D-Day invasion of World War II. While the President is no stranger to political controversy in the U.K., his visit comes at a time of significant political turmoil.

However, these are not entirely unprecedented times in which we live. Art Cyr, Lake Effect's foreign policy contributor, joins Mitch Teich to share a historical perspective.

Mitch Teich

Editor's note: This piece was originally published April 6, 2018.

When was the last time you went to the Milwaukee County Zoo? Did you see the polar bear? You didn't feed it anything, right? Well, Bubbler Talk question-asker Jessica Ols has been wondering about her trips to the zoo in the early 1980s: