It truly is a "labor of love" and captures the spirit of the community.
In my brief time working in the Channel 12 building behind The Pabst Mansion, one project that everyone truly enjoyed working on was WISN-TV's "Season to Celebrate" program.
Once a staple of local broadcasting, holiday productions like the one that will air at 7 p.m. tonight are not as common as they once were across the country. I say it often to people who don't live here, but we are pretty spoiled by our local TV stations in the Milwaukee market.
"'Season to Celebrate' is truly a labor of love for the WISN 12 staff. It's our opportunity to showcase the wonderful sights and sounds in our own backyard," Jan Wade, president and general manager of WISN-TV, said in a statement. "We lead the way with important local news each and every day, and these positive and uplifting stories are part of that mission. Just like our viewers, it's a show we all look forward to watching with our friends and family."
Musicians, choirs and nationally known entertainers have participated in the programs over the years. In the latest production, current Miss America and Miss Wisconsin Laura Kaeppeler will perform.
The Wisconsin Club will be among the featured locations as the show includes the University of Wisconsin's MadHatter A Cappella Group singing in the building's Grand Ballroom.
Doc Severinsen, former band leader of the Tonight Show Orchestra during Johnny Carson's run, will make his seventh appearance in 11 years and visit with anchor Kathy Mykleby.
The show will be replayed on Christmas Eve at 10:30 p.m., Christmas Day at 11 a.m. and on New Year's Eve at 10:30 p.m.
ON THE GO: With more than 4,000 TV programs, movies and other shows, Time Warner Cable launched its latest app for iPads and iPods. The TWC TV app is available through the App Store and features free and premium content for current cable customers.
"We are very excited to continue building on the success of TWC TV with the addition of On Demand viewing to the app, with thousands of titles available immediately at no additional cost," said Michael Angus, senior vice president and general manager of video at Time Warner Cable.
"We were the first to bring live television to our customers on their mobile devices, and bringing on-demand movies and shows to our customers gives them more ways to enjoy the content we deliver."
For a channel lineup and more on the app, visit twcableuntangled.com.
SO NICE THEY NAMED HIM TWICE: The winner of last season's "American Idol," Phillip Phillips, will open for Matchbox 20 at the band's Feb. 9 gig at the Riverside Theater. Word is the show is nearly sold out, but a few tickets may still be available. Go here for more details.
BUNCH OF BULL: The CBS Sports Network has signed an agreement with the Professional Bull Riders for exclusive event coverage.
"Extending our relationship with PBR was a priority for us, and we're incredibly excited to become the exclusive television and cable partner for this strong property that has such a dynamic and loyal fan base," said Dan Weinberg, senior vice president of programming at CBS Sports Network. "We welcome the opportunity to continue servicing PBR fans by showcasing this fast-paced, gritty and exciting sport."
Media is bombarding us everywhere.
Instead of sheltering his brain from the onslaught, Steve embraces the news stories, entertainment, billboards, blogs, talk shows and everything in between.
The former writer, editor and producer in TV, radio, Web and newspapers, will be talking about what media does in our community and how it shapes who we are and what we do.