Mitch Teich

Lake Effect Executive Producer

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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Arts & Culture
12:16 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

'Did You Hear the One About ... ?': The History of Television's Stand-Up Comedians

Where many famous comedians get their start.
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Maybe it’s an obvious point, but stand-up comedians are generally pretty funny people to be around.  But does a solid stand-up act necessarily translate to a funny sitcom?  Not necessarily.

Some of the most successful stand-ups to make the leap are featured tomorrow night in the first episode of the fourth season of the public TV series, Pioneers of Television.

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Arts & Culture
11:09 am
Fri May 9, 2014

'Take a Walk!': How Pedestrianism was America's First Spectator Sport

Pedestrianism was America's first spectator sport.
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The Milwaukee Brewers drew more than three million fans to Miller Park a couple years ago, as they made their most recent playoff appearance. The numbers have dropped a little in more recent times, but baseball is still a popular ticket through the summer here - and around the country.

But turn back the clock to the 19th Century, and the hottest ticket in town, as far as sports were concerned, was the sport of pedestrianism.  Watching people walk, around a track, often for days at a time.

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Arts & Culture
1:00 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Novel Sends Middle Grade Readers Steaming Into a Distant World

Writer Jaleigh Johnson
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Jaleigh Johnson talks about "The Mark of the Dragonfly" with Lake Effect's Mitch Teich.

Jaleigh Johnson sends her middle-grade writers to a different world and back to the era of big steam engines in her new fantasy novel.

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Project Milwaukee
5:09 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

Book: In Place of Slavery, Crime Statistics Were Used to Condemn African-Americans

The cover photo for Khalil Muhammad's book "The Condemnation of Blackness" was taken by Richard Hoe Lawrence and depicting what was called "A Downtown Morgue." It was included in Jacob Riis' "How the Other Half Lives."
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Lake Effect's Mitch Teich interviews author Khalil Gibran Muhammad on his book "The Condemnation of Blackness."

Reports that Wisconsin has the country's highest rate of incarcerating black men have sparked outrage and concern - including worries over how those statistics might be used to portray the state's black men. But it turns out these concerns are almost as old as the state itself.

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Politics & Government
12:44 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Racial Inequality is Still Strong in American Cultural Reality

Tyreik Jackson protests outside Barney's flagship store, accusing the store of racial profiling, on October 30, 2013 in New York City. On April 29, 2013 Trayon Christian, 19, was detained and then arrested by undercover police after buying a $349 belt at Barney's.
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We have discussed some of the myriad causes of racial discrimination.  And some have spoken about what they see as racially discriminatory practices at several levels.  While some lump that concept in under the umbrella term, “racism,” our first guest this morning would urge you to understand the distinction between the two concepts.

Doctor Imani Perry is professor at Princeton University’s Center for African-American Studies – she was one of Marquette University’s three Metcalfe Chairs this semester and talked about the persistence of racial inequality last week in Milwaukee.

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Health & Science
12:39 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Milwaukee Doctor Collaborates on Neuroprotective Drug Research for Back Health

Spinal cord compression is one of the many common back injuries.
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Lake Effect's Mitch Teich speaks with Dr. Shekar Kurpad.

Earlier in the week, we featured an interview about the history of Superman.  For many of us of a certain age, the first Superman we remember was actor Christopher Reeve, who portrayed the Man of Steel in movies in the 1970s and ‘80s.

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Arts & Culture
11:03 am
Wed April 23, 2014

The Story of Motherhood, Told to an Audience That "Gets It"

The full cast for Listen To Your Mother Milwaukee 2014.
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Lake Effect's Mitch Teich speaks with essayist Lane Pierce and Listen To Your Mother co-organizer (and essayist) Alexandra Rosas.

Nearly a dozen storytellers will gather in front of an audience at Alverno College’s Wehr Theater on Sunday to speak to the experience of motherhood.  

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Arts & Culture
4:34 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

World-Renowned Violinist Itzhak Perlman to Perform in Kohler

Itzhak Perlman performing at the White House in 2007. He also performed at President Obama's inauguration in 2009.
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Lake Effect's Mitch Teich spoke with violin-virtuoso and music educator Itzhak Perlman.

Great violinist and educator Itzhak Perlman will play a concert Saturday evening in Kohler as part of the Kohler Foundation’s Distinguished Guest Series.

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Health & Science
3:36 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Marquette Receives $2.6 Million Dollar Grant to Research Virtue

Ancient Greek philosopher, Aristotle, believed that virtue is entrenched state of character, it is dispositional, and it produces virtuous actions that are appropriately motivated and guided by practical reason.
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Lake Effect's Mitch Teich interviews Marquette philosophy professor Nancy Snow.

A Marquette University philosophy professor has been awarded a $2.6 million dollar grant to study the development of virtue.

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Economy & Business
2:37 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Chicago Conference Could Lure International Tourists Milwaukee's Way...Next Summer

A travel conference in Chicago this weekend could impact tourism in Milwaukee next summer.
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Lake Effect's Mitch Teich interviews Malcolm Smith, the General Manager of IPW, an international travel conference.

Have you planned your summer vacation yet?  It might surprise you to learn that there are people overseas who are already plotting their vacations for next year.

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