April 2018 Newsletter


Hello Listeners,
     (another year went by and Art Hellyer did not get inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame.  Art deserves to get in, so why isn’t he?)
     This is the favorite time of the year for lots of us. It is spring time, the start of baseball season, and of course another month of Midwest Ballroom music. We concluded the previous month with a very successful pledge drive.  A total of 43 people called during the two weeks that we participated in the drive to support WDCB. Thanks to the listeners.
     Something that I have been concerned about still baffles me after many months. Our show has the reputation that we play the most good music.  This includes the local performers, bands, singers, territory orchestras, standards, covers and lots of old vinyl. Sometimes close to ten minutes are spent on reading announcements about area gigs. The listeners say that they probably would not be interested in attending events at bars and clubs. I just wonder how this can be handled. The other thought here is that when I drive by these places and see a parking lot full of cars, I think are these businesses supporting WDCB?  Is this just a ten minute commercial for places that have no intention of supporting the station or show? One thought is maybe listing only special events, or the free ones at local libraries?  The jury is out on this one and listeners are invited to let me know what  they think.  It would also be good if the local performers would tell their venues that their music is played on Midwest Ballroom.  I don’t get or want any money, but the station should be supported. WDCB gives us these two prime time hours each week for the program. In place of ten minutes of free plugs, we could play three more songs.
       We have also cut back on running around with a tape recorder to cover events.  I have turned down so many gigs.  My old tape recorder is not reliable anymore.  It is difficult to find the high bias cassette tapes that it needs.  Also when the tapes are purchased from some mail order hot warehouse, often times the oxide is worn off, and they are not useable and not returnable. No one knows how long they have been setting in storage. 
      We do need to spend some time with Rick and Carol Falato.  Rick plans to retire this spring from the Yorkville Big Band.  He was recently honored by the local city council.  I’m looking forward to doing an interview and playing songs from their many CD’s to recall all the years that the band has played and served the area with great music and dances.
        It is our goal to continue to play lots of great music, do theme shows and to feature around 30 or so songs each week.


Thanks for listening!  
John "Radio" Russell 
Midwest Ballroom 
Saturdays 5-7 P.M. 
WDCB 90.9 FM and worldwide at wdcb.org.  
Older reruns of shows air on WTPB LP in Rockford-47 watts.
Our address is P.O. Box 1073  Dundee, IL 60118 or at mdiwestballroom@yahoo.com.

Our Next Gig........

Note: No Dance on April 15th. (3rd Sunday)


Sun. April 22, 2018 

(4th Sunday of the April)


No Dances during summer Months.


See the "Gig Dates" page for upcoming performances

Our 25th Year of Big Band Dances in the Yorkville Area.


Yorkville Big Band Monthly 3rd Sunday dances from Sept. to May,

This is the 1st dance of our 25th years of big band dancing.


Yorkville American Legion, 9054 E. Veterans Pkwy (Rte. 34) Yorkville, Ill 60560

Dance Lesson with Patricia Ray, 6  to 7 pm. 21 piece Yorkville Big Band, 7 to 9:00pm. $10pp. Under 18, $5.

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