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 25 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 watching baseball and his skating children, writing and looking for his reading glasses.

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In less than a week, cyclists from all over the world will converge upon Wisconsin. The Tour of America's Dairyland (ToAD) begins its 10th annual criterium cycling race on Thursday, June 21st in Kenosha and continues until July 1st, racing through Southeast Wisconsin. Last year, ToAD drew racers from 42 states and 15 countries according to executive director Bill Koch.

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On Tuesday, Lake Effect talked to Guy Smith, the man tapped to be the new director of the Milwaukee County Parks Department. Smith talked about his vision for what is often referred to as the region’s “emerald necklace," the green space that benefits the quality of life here. But Smith and his department face challenges linked to the tight budget environment here. 

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While many Milwaukeeans buy eggs and honey at local farmers markets, few have considered raising chickens or bees in an urban setting. But the number of chicken coops and hives has been steadily growing in the Milwaukee-area.

READ: A Milwaukee Rooftop Apiary Asks Us to 'Bee' The Change

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In 1970, the Milwaukee Clipper ferry halted operations between Milwaukee and Muskegon, Michigan as interstate highway systems became prevalent and the cost of maintaining the 361-foot behemoth overwhelmed the company. More than 30 years later, a series of surprises and coincidences helped New Jersey native and former Port of Milwaukee director Ken Szallai to begin the Lake Express ferry to fill the historic gap.

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Expungement is the ability to clear a criminal record or to seal it from public access without a court order. Simply put, it’s a way to be able to move on from a past conviction. 

“The conviction is sort of treated as if it never happened when it is expunged,” says Joe Peterangelo, a senior researcher at the Wisconsin Policy Forum. “The file still exists, but it is not allowed for public access.”

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There’s a lot of pressure on Milwaukeeans to take advantage of the fleeting summer weather. It can be overwhelming to try to figure out how to pass a summer weekend, and for that reason, Milwaukee Magazine releases an annual guide to the city's summer schedule. It includes dates, places, and events, including some that might be off the beaten path.

Carole Nicksin, editor and publisher of the magazine, joined Lake Effect's Mitch Teich to talk about her top ten highlights for the summer ahead:

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Hockey fans in Milwaukee have cheered on the minor league Milwaukee Admirals for several generations.  The franchise plays its home games at the UWM Panther Arena downtown.  But the owners of a new team on the scene believe there’s enough interest in hockey here to draw fans to a venue on the city’s south side.

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Around a year-and-a-half ago, leaders of the national Rails-to-Trails Conservancy unveiled the groundwork for an ambitious network of recreational trails around southeastern Wisconsin. The plan, in conjunction with the Wisconsin Bike Federation, was called the Route of the Badger, and it would encompass hundreds of miles of new and existing trails around the region.

Being a new father can be a bewildering experience. Getting used to a new state can be as well. For writer David McGlynn, both of these experiences played out at the same time, as he and his wife and their two young children adjusted to life in their new home in Appleton, where McGlynn teaches at Lawrence University.

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Hosts Michelle and Mitch head to Chicago for the Sweets and Snacks Expo, where they find a plethora of snacks - especially pretzels. That's where they meet Brad Smith, who tells his remarkable story of keeping a southern Indiana pretzel tradition alive.

Tell City Pretzels being hand twisted:

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Dr. Bhupendra Khatri heard a lot from doctors around the country in compiling his latest book, Healthcare 911: How America’s broken healthcare system is driving doctors to despair depriving patients of care and destroying our reputation in the world.  But the statistic that jumped out at him came from research at the Mayo Clinic, which found that more than 55 percent of physicians in this country suffer from burnout, and every year, more than 400 physicians kill themselves. 

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It’s been a full six years since the Milwaukee band, Paper Holland, released its last full-length album.  But the group never went away in that time - they played for a growing fan base, released an EP, and built anticipation for whenever the next album would come out.

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Milwaukee Public Schools boasts several immersion schools - places where students learn almost exclusively in a foreign language.  A pioneer in that movement here is the Milwaukee French Immersion School. The school was created as part of the district's ordered integration plan in the 1970s, but has lasted and thrived well beyond that original mission. 

This June, the French Immersion School marks its 40th anniversary with a visit from a dignitary from the French government.

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Almost two years after Great Britain voted to leave the Europeans Union with its Brexit vote, some political leaders in another key country in Europe are making ramblings that they're unhappy. There are signs that Italy's place in the EU and use of the Euro currency could be tenuous. 

That prospect sent world financial markets falling earlier this week, but not everyone is overly concerned. 

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The Public Broadcasting Act of 1967 paved the way for the creation of National Public Radio, which formally began on February 26, 1970.

NPR has come a long way since its earliest days, moving from a time when it was seen as alternative and experimental, to the point today where it boasts the most listened-to morning radio show in the United States.

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