RightWisconsin.com, a conservative-leaning website that "investigates and breaks stories that the mainstream media avoids," announced this week that former Wisconsin Lt. Gov. Margaret Farrow will be the recipient of the first annual Margaret Thatcher Award.
The award, named for the former British prime minister known as "The Iron Lady," will be presented at the Right Women Awards Dinner, a black-tie event on Oct. 18.
The Honorary Chair of the dinner will be Wisconsin First Lady Tonette Walker. The dinner will also feature Saratoga Springs, Utah, mayor and congressional candidate Mia Love. Wisconsin Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch and WTMJ-AM 620 host Charlie Sykes will host the event.
Sykes is also the editor-in-chief of the site owned by the Journal Broadcast Group.
"Margaret Farrow epitomizes class, toughness and principle," Sykes said in a statement.
"She’s never shied away from a fight and has been at the center of every important battle conservatives have waged over the last several decades. She has been a leader, a role model, and an outspoken champion of the free market when it wasn’t fashionable. She’s the perfect inaugural winner of this award."
The nominees for the Trailblazer Award are: Catherine Cleary (posthumous), a business executive and community leader; State Sen. Alberta Darling; and Barbara Lyons, executive director of Wisconsin Right to Life.
The Innovator Award nominees are: Deborah Tyler Haywood, community activist; State Sen. Leah Vukmir; and Rachel Campos Duffy, activist, columnist and television personality who was a cast member of MTV’s "The Real World" and appeared on "The View."
The Iron Lady Award nominees are: Susan Mitchell, education reform activist; State Sen. Alberta Darling; and Mary Stewart Kohler, philanthropist.
"I am grateful to the Right Women Committee for choosing such tremendous nominees to reflect the best of Wisconsin conservatism. The caliber of women represented is extraordinary," Kleefisch said in a statement.
"I offer my deepest congratulations to the award nominees and to my friend and predecessor, Margaret Farrow, a most deserving recipient of our first ever Margaret Thatcher Award. She is a role model, a trailblazer and pillar of dignified public service ..."
PRIMETIME RATINGS: Andy Samberg’s new show "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" was the top rated primetime program on Tuesday night. The comedy earned a 7.1 rating locally on WITI-TV Fox 6.
On Monday, "Dancing With The Stars" was the ratings king, earning a 15.0 in Milwaukee on WISN-TV Ch. 12. The ABC show’s local viewership made Milwaukee the highest rating for the competition in the nation. The 2012 premiere had a 11.7 rating.
"Sleepy Hallow," a show loosely based on the classic Headless Horseman story that airs on WITI, was the second place show on Monday night with an 8.8 rating.
FOOTBALL: "Thursday Night Lights" high school football broadcast tonight on WCGV-TV My 24 will feature a pair of North Shore Conference rivals as Grafton takes on Whitefish Bay at 7 p.m. at Whitefish Bay High School.
You can read more about the live broadcast production here.
TV TOMATOMETER: The website Rotten Tomatoes has started giving the same user review information for TV shows, like it is has done for movies for years.
The new "TV Zone" launched this week. The reviews will cover a show’s entire season and not the individual episodes.
"We’re aggregating the reviews the same way we’ve always been," editor-in-chief Matt Atchity said to Variety.
"We thought it was a good time to get into TV because we’re in the golden age of television right now.
"We really wanted to get in on that conversation and give our users who already are looking at movies a good place to discuss and ingest TV. It’s been something we’ve been thinking about for a while. It’s always a battle to get development resources and make new things happen."
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