They gave us laughter, they gave us joy, and they gave us time and temp.
Relive the lives of the coolest local talk show team Milwaukee’s ever seen.
Seeing that sweaty and detoxing still-up-from-the-night-before co-host Vic Shell, on air every morning at 10AM is a welcome, comforting habit Milwaukeeans can’t ever get enough of. In the words of Shell, “I never understood those talk show hosts who need a good night’s sleep before they go on air. Do you want to hear what happened the night before from them reading someone else’s words on a teleprompter or do you want to hear it from the guy who just went out and lived it?”
How good is first-class conversationalist Mary Margaret? Would you say she’d be good enough if she set a world record for the longest continuously hosted live radio show back in her college days? She could do you one greater. The marathon show originally started out with a co-host but he dropped out at hour six when he couldn’t get a word in edge-wise.
The behind-the-scenes smart man of The Chat Pack and exec producer of Milwaukee Talk is the calm, relaxing and pragmatic Allen Kew. He’s what every morning show needs and dreams of. He’s the kind of quarterback you want two minutes before you go to air when “the big get” first guest just bailed on you. It actually happened and Kew subbed in giving a 6-minute concise interview about the history of science rocketry in Wisconsin. With Allen there are no questions, just answers. He’s all Kew & A if you know what we mean.
“Don’t tell me you’re one of those people who likes jokes?” MTalk stage manager and The Chat Pack’s resident blue comedian, Les Tremaine, usually coyly asks his audience at some part of his highly popular and outrageous casino act. But when it comes to being called the best stage manager in the business, it’s no joke. Working his way up from the mailroom, Les delivers the goods in whatever job he holds.