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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A recent article in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel alleges that Sam Llanas, former BoDeans' band member, sexually abused Tessa Neumann, the stepdaughter of his former bandmate Kurt Neumann. 

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If we can believe the prevailing weather forecast, we’re in store for a very nice weekend around southeastern Wisconsin.  We’re expecting plenty of sunshine with temperatures in the 70s and 80s.  It’s a nice change from the hot and humid Fourth of July we had.

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Soccer  fans around the world are enjoying the building excitement over the World Cup. The quadrennial event has been filled with nail-biting games, but also a fair number of injuries.

The way those injuries have been treated has led many to question whether FIFA, the governing body of world soccer, is treating the dangers of concussions adequately.  Soccer is just the latest sport where head injuries have been the source of controversy.  And, of course, it’s not just elite-level athletes who are sustaining concussions.

Penguin Random House Books

As a child, author Pamela Druckerman often envisioned adults as astronauts and scientists – people with highly-technical, labor-intensive careers and responsibilities. “Grownups had this kind of wisdom, insight and discernment, an ability to wrap their heads around social dynamics and conversations,” says Druckerman. “I guess I defined [adulthood] as anything vaguely confident that I was not able to do.”

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After the brats and popsicles and before the fireworks, many families might spend some of their Fourth of July recounting the bravery and selflessness of America’s first president. Author Peter Stark tells a slightly different story, one of a young and naïve George Washington, who only later became the fearless leader as we remember him.

Daystorm Music

David Fitzpatrick has been on the Milwaukee music scene for quite some time, as the front man for his David Fitzpatrick Band.  But a few years ago, thing started slowing down for Fitzpatrick.  Several of the members of the band moved - or drifted - away from the band, and life circumstances brought things to almost a stand still.

Eddie Herena

There are a lot of depictions in popular culture of prison life such as shows like Orange Is the New Black or movies like The Shawshank Redemption. However, pop culture gets some things right and many others wrong. 

Hugues Argence

Cellist Robert Cohen joins us every month to discuss some of the aspects of real life for a touring classical musician.  Cohen was formerly a member of a Milwaukee-based ensemble and spent time here each year, even as he maintained - and still maintains - a household in England and tours around the world.

The music he shares can be emotional for listeners.  But Cohen says the experience of sharing the music can be emotional, as well. 

Susan Bence

President Donald Trump visited Wisconsin Thurday to attend Foxconn's cereminial groundbreaking in Mount Pleasant. During the ceremony, Trump gave an extended speech, which ran the gamut of topics - ranging from Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy's imminent retirement to trade tariffs with other countries. Trump singled out Canada in particular, saying, "We need to level the playing field." 

The Consul General of Canada to the Midwest, John Cruickshank, takes issue with President Trump's claim that the economic playing field is tilted in Canada's favor.

NASA Planetary Defense Coordination Office

These days, the word 'asteroid' usually only comes up when we're talking about the extinction of the dinosaurs. But astronomy contributor Jean Creighton notes that a near-Earth object,or NEO, is either a comet or asteroid that gets within 30 million miles from the Earth's surface. But what would we do if a massive object were hurtling toward Earth today?

Mount Mary University

Donna Ricco, the noted fashion designer, is returning home.  More specifically, Ricco is coming back to Milwaukee - at least on a regular basis - to her alma mater, Mount Mary University, where she will serve as an Executive Fellow in the Fashion Department.  The new position will have her teaching and mentoring students interested in pursuing careers in fashion. 

Michelle Maternowski

Pretzels + Caramel + Podcasting = a very sticky episode of the Pretzel Podcast. Hosts Michelle and Mitch try several pretzel concoctions they recently encountered on their pretzel travels. And on Pretzels in the News, we learn about a pretzel festival lacking a key ingredient.

>> Visit WUWM.com/PretzelPodcast to listen to all of our pretzel-tacular episodes.

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With the public school year ending in Wisconsin, many parents worry what their children will do during the summer months. Parents of elementary-age students in Arena, Wisconsin, however, are wondering what they'll do next fall. After years of financial trouble, the only elementary school in Arena is closing its doors.

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The U.S. Supreme Court’s long-awaited ruling on Gill v. Whitford came down Monday. But the court didn't rule on the constitutinality question surrounding the claims of illegal partisan gerrymandering in the Wisconsin redistricting cast. 

Instead, the court ruled that the plaintiffs did not have legal standing to bring the suit. The justices threw the case back to lower courts, where the plaintiffs could adjust their case accordingly.

Gabrielle Powell

From her hometown in the Upper Peninsula to Nashville, Lindsay Lou has garnered attention for her unique musical style. Between shows in Rockford, Illinois and the Blue Ox Music Festival in Eau Claire, she stopped in Milwaukee to chat with Lake Effect’s Mitch Teich and give us a taste of her newest music.

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