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.

Ways to Connect

As part of Project Milwaukee: Southern Connections, we take a virtual economic development trip southward, starting in Milwaukee County. Pat O'Brien is the director of the Milwaukee 7, an economic development organization that takes in the seven southeastern most counties in Wisconsin. He’ll also be part of our Project Milwaukee: Southern Connections panel discussion in Racine Wednesday night. That discussion will air on Lake Effect Weekend, Saturday and Sunday afternoon on WUWM.

Our Project Milwaukee: Southern Connections series begins with a historical perspective on development from Milwaukee southward to the Illinois border. John Gurda is the author of nineteen books, including The Making of Milwaukee and Cream City Chronicles. He’s also our regular history contributor. He joined us to talk about the history of Kenosha and Racine.

As we explore southward growth in our Project Milwaukee: Southern Connections series, what’s at stake for Milwaukee County? Chris Abele is the Milwaukee County Executive. He was elected in April to fill out the last year of the term vacated by now Governor Scott Walker.

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We’ll go north of the border and meet the creator of The Vinyl Café and the engaging inhabitants thereof. 

Vintage baseball takes to the field in Kenosha tomorrow, and we talk about the connection between the sport and the Civil War. Bill "Pop" House is the founder of the Delton Base Ball Club and Gary "Handlebar" Hetzel founded the Milwaukee Cream Citys. They're both vintage baseball teams, which play according to 19th Century rules. House and Hetzel will talk - and play some vintage base ball tomorrow afternoon at the Kenosha Civil War Museum.

Photo courtesy Secret Sisters

  The Secret Sisters put their own stamp on the mid-20th century American songbook.

We examine the possible short and long term fallout of the protests in Madison and the subsequent hiding of Democratic state senators. Mordecai Lee is a professor of Governmental Affairs at UW-Milwaukee and an occasional political analyst for Lake Effect.

Gov. Scott Walker’s plan to end collective bargaining rights for state employees has sparked protests – a labor relations expert tells us what’s at stake. Cheryl Maranto is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Management at the Marquette University College of Business Administration. She spoke with Lake Effect's Mitch Teich.

courtesy Vintage Books

  Many consider National Book Award winner Lord of Misrule to be the champion for small presses. We talk with author Jaimy Gordon about her remarkable novel, which won the 2010 National Book Award for fiction. 

Gordon, who teaches at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, was in Milwaukee recently for a reading at Boswell Books.

Melanie Vyvyan, via Wiki Commons

  Musician Liz Phair talks with Mitch Teich about her newest album, unpredictability, motherhood and Keith Richards's memoir.

Joshua Sutton

We conclude our Project Milwaukee: What's on Our Plate? series with a live panel discussion from the ground floor of the Chase Tower on the future of Wisconsin's food economy. We start our conversation by looking at whether the food industry is recession-proof.

The second part of our live Project Milwaukee: What's on Our Plate? panel on the future of Wisconsin's food economy focuses on the challenges facing various elements of the food industry, from farm to factory.

Our Project Milwaukee: What's on Our Plate? series and our live broadcast conclude with a discussion about the future of the food industry in Wisconsin, and where aspects like higher education and the healthy foods movement have an impact.

Project Milwaukee: What's on Our Plate? continues with a look at an innovative program that helps would-be food entrepreneurs get their businesses off the ground. Rick Terrien is the executive director of the Iowa County Economic Development Corporation in Mineral Point. His office is in the building that houses the Wisconsin Innovation Kitchen, one of a growing number of food business incubators in Wisconsin, and part of the Wisconsin Food Business Innovation Network. Terrien spoke with Mitch Teich.

We learn about the present and future of food manufacturing here in the Milwaukee area as part of our Project Milwaukee: What's on Our Plate? series. Shelley Jurewicz is Vice President of Economic Development for the Milwaukee 7. The organization has just issued a report on the Milwaukee region’s food and beverage manufacturing industry.

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