Feature: How did Summerfest survive?

Mike Clemens
July 09, 2017 - 4:56 pm

Sportsradio 105.7 FM The FAN


Summerfest celebrated its 50th anniversary this year. You've heard about the night comedian George Carlin was arrested for saying the 7 words on stage you can't say on radio or television. Did you know another main stage act was nearly arrested by Milwaukee police unless they left their hotel room and got on stage immediately?  Or that the first time Huey Lewis & The News played at the "BIG GIG" the new executive director Bo Black was convinced she and her staff would be fired the next day, just months into their new jobs? 

In this podcast you'll hear from Bob Babisch, in charge of booking all of the acts for Summerfest for nearly 40 years, and former executive director Bo Black, who took Summerfest from a modest music fest to world class status over 20 years. Wisconsin Hall of Fame broadcaster and Milwaukee radio executive  Jack Lee will take you through Summerfest from it's start in 1968, and former long time Summerfest/State Fair media director Patrice Harris reveals some behind - the - scenes stories in this 44 minute podcast hosted by The FAN’s Mike Clemens. 

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