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 27 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.

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J.F. Riordan’s books are quiet in some ways and loud in others. Her character-driven series, called North of the Tension Line, plays out in the community of Washington Island, on the tip of Door County.

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The members of the Milwaukee band Various Small Fires are of different generations and different backgrounds. But they’re united in a remarkable ability to channel a sound that would have been right at home 40 years go. Even their original material has a soulful flavor of 1970s, brass-infused pop.

Wednesday on Lake Effect:

A new report explores how the use of body-worn cameras affects the work of the Milwaukee Police Department.  Later, why a national organization is stepping up to help the work of the Walnut Way Conservation Corp. We speak with Wisconsin writer J.F. Riordan about the latest in her series of novels set on Washington Island.  And an in-studio performance by the Milwaukee band, Various Small Fires, a group that's a throwback to brass-infused 1970s pop.

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Mitch Teich

Construction is underway in Racine County on the first elements of Foxconn’s massive factory complex.  Plans call for the factory to employ thousands of workers who will, at first assemble television sets, but later are expected to build high-tech glass screens for electronic devices.

The Foxconn development elicited an unprecedented state incentive package, with advocates saying it has the potential to transform the economy of the region.  But a new report out says another part of the manufacturing sector is already having a transformative effect.

Mitch Teich

You might think that the number of biology majors who have gone into songwriting as a profession would be pretty small. And that may be, yet we’ve managed to have two people who fit that description in our performance studio in the past couple of weeks.

READ: Mark Erelli's 'Mixtape:' Re-energizing Through Cover Songs

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Throughout the month of May, neighborhoods around the country are hostings events called “Jane’s Walks.” The walks honor the work of the late Jane Jacobs, an advocate for the needs of everyday people in urban planning. The walks are citizen-led and are aimed at spurring conversations about the neighborhoods and the people who live in them.

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When Jeannie Gaffigan takes the stage at Marquette University’s commencement this Sunday, it’ll almost feel like a victory lap.  Gaffigan graduated from Marquette, back when she was Jeannie Noth.  She’s been a comedy writer for years since then.

Sara Stathas

After some notably violent years, the homicide rate in Milwaukee has declined a bit over the last two years.  And while there are a complex set of factors that play into that dynamic, the city has made a concerted effort to develop a strategy to curb the cycle of violence.

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Hawaii’s Mount Kilauea is continuing to erupt, sending gas and molten lava from the earth. The lava has destroyed property and raised health concerns related to its poisonous gases, and there are fears that the eruption may continue to get more violent in the coming days.

There is much that scientists understand about the mechanics of a volcano, but still plenty of answers yet to be found. George Stone is a retired professor of natural sciences at Milwaukee Area Technical College and he joins Lake Effect's Mitch Teich to talk about volcano science.

Michelle Maternowski

On the latest edition of the Pretzel Podcast, we learn about a yeast-based art exhibit on the East Coast, hear a dining critic's fondest pretzel memory, and Michelle and Mitch share their love for their favorite pretzels... so far.

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Mother’s Day is Sunday. While it’s a time where we traditionally give thought to the influence our own mothers have had on our lives, a UW-Milwaukee researcher is studying the broader impact of motherhood. 

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It's not for us to say, but chances are you're familiar with the wonderful, wonderful voice of Johnny Mathis (and bonus points if you caught all of those song references).  Mathis recorded his first song in 1955, his first album in 1956, and has recorded 78 albums since then.  Most recently, his 1982 album, I Love My Lady, was released for the first time on vinyl - in time for this year's Record Store Day.

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Milwaukee County’s Public Safety building is long past the point where it is simply aging. The building was built with a jail inside in 1929. Prisoners were moved to a newer facility more than 25 years ago and the building now mainly houses courtrooms and legal offices.

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For nearly a decade, experts have been predicting the nursing shortage. The situation has reached a critical mass here in Milwaukee, with more institutions looking for ways to train more nurses. 

"Nurses are broadening their medical care and interaction with patients in all types of realms, and so that has then increased - even more - the demand for nurses," says Cheryl Bailey, dean of the School of Natural and Health Sciences at Mount Mary University. 

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Wisconsin is currently facing a nursing crisis, but the nursing gap has been building around the world. Christie Watson experienced it in the UK, where she worked as a registered nurse for 20 years before becoming a novelist and pursuing writing full-time.

"People aren't aspiring to be nurses because they don't really understand what the job is because there's not enough out there about the job. And certainly literature and memoirs play a part in that, I think," she notes.

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