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 20 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, writing and looking for his reading glasses.

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Milwaukee will be in the winter sports spotlight this weekend as it hosts a major international figure skating competition.

Skate America is one part of the International Skating Union’s Grand Prix of Figure Skating.  It opens this afternoon at the UWM Panther Arena and features 60 top skaters including American Olympians such as Gracie Gold and Jason Brown, along with Russian Julia Liptnitskaia and more. 

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The soul of Milwaukee has taken a few hits in recent years.  The end of Midwest Airlines and its iconic chocolate chip cookies, the sale of Bucyrus to Caterpillar, and the merger of Miller with Coors and the potential sale of the combined company to Anheuser-Busch.

But throughout Milwaukee’s long history, there has always been our status as a Mecca for bowling. But as with the examples we mentioned above, even that constant may not be a constant anymore. The sport has seen a precipitous decline in participation nationally, but perhaps nowhere more than in Milwaukee.

The music the Lancaster, Pennsylvania-based band, The Stray Birds, plays owes a lot to a distinctly American tradition. But dig deeper and you'll find traditional music from elsewhere, and even some classical sensibilities.

That's thanks to the training of its members. Maya de Vitry, Oliver Craven, and Charlie Muench make up the band, and a recent tour took them to Milwaukee. They stopped by the Lake Effect studio for a conversation and a mini-concert:

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The budgeting process has begun for the coming fiscal year for both the City of Milwaukee and Milwaukee County.  The Common Council and Board of Supervisors, respectively, will consider the budgets proposed by the Mayor and the County Executive.

It won’t shock you to learn that Milwaukee’s neighborhoods have changed a lot over more than a century’s worth of history. Some of that history is still visible today, like the former gas station that is now a coffee shop in Sherman Park or the reclaimed Victorian homes in the Concordia neighborhood.

One World Publications

It used to be that medicine was carried out with a certain degree of secrecy. We turned our health over to the experts and they prescribed what was right for us.

However, more recently patients are demanding doctors who are better communicators. And the Internet age has accelerated that trend - we have more insight into medicine than ever. 

Urban Milwaukee

While we’re still more than a year away from the presidential election, we’re a little closer to another race that is shaping up to be an interesting one. The election for Milwaukee County Executive happens in April, and thus far pits incumbent Chris Abele against State Senator Chris Larson.

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When the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s parent group was acquired by the E.W. Scripps company this spring, it amounted to a trade of sorts.  Journal Communications was split in half, with Scripps taking on the combined company’s broadcast outlets. 

Macmillan Publishers

Katherine Applegate won one of the biggest honors in children’s literature - the Newbery Medal - for her 2012 novel, The One and Only IvanThe book, written in the first person perspective of a gorilla, made readers think about how we treat animals.

Applegate raises some equally complex questions in her latest novel.

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It’s been 38 years since the Mary Tyler Moore Show left the airwaves, but it’s still regarded by many TV critics as both one of the funniest and most innovative sitcoms of all time. That’s partly because of the great writers and producers, but especially because of the show’s namesake.