The softball teams are calling, and hopefully it will be a short time before good weather returns again to the Chicagoland area. I don’t know if our listeners have caught the new direction
that our program is going, but it is to play as much good music as possible. I aim for about 30 songs for each show and figure that most of radio now is all talk and commercials. If any music is
played it’s for younger people. Then there is the rest of us who really enjoy the older tunes, good covers of the standards, lots of vinyl and every once in a while a nice new song comes along to
play. We play the best vintage music on the Chicago radio dial.
Local performers and territory bands are still being played, but they must send me CD’s that have engraved labels and no stick on ones. The stick on kind gets stuck in the players or
stops in the middle of the songs. The station does not want me to even try to play them anymore and the machines have to be taken apart to get them out. They will play in drawer
CD players but not slot ones like we have in the station. So if the recordings that have you sent in the past are not being played, now it is because they are not useable anymore.
No word yet on what is happening at Willowbrook after the fire in December of 2016. However, Jay Witcher and the Association of Professional Orchestra Leaders are still having dances
featuring the ballroom bands at the Corral at Lyons Township High School. Below is the latest schedule from ballroom historian and promoter Randy Martin.
Sunday afternoons at the Corral building, Lyons Township High School South Campus, 4900 WillowSprings Road, Western Springs, IL. Music is live from the WillowBrook Bands; 2:00 to 4:30 pm;
cost: $15.00. Sponsored by Association of Professional Orchestra Leaders (APOL).
April, 2, 2017 Teddy Lee
April 9, 2017 Steve Cooper
April 16, 2017 No Dance
April 23, 2017 Ron Smolen
April 30, 2017 No Dance
May 7, 2017 Steve Cooper
May 14, 2017 Ron Smolen
May 21, 2017 Teddy Lee
May 28, 2017 Jay Witcher
There are also dances on the third Sunday of each month at the Yorkville American Legion Hall, featuring Rick Falato’s Yorkville Big Band. Lesson at6 P.M. dancing from 7-9
P.M. The Ballroom Big Band has a coming dance at York Community High School in Elmhurst. Marcy Night and the Night Express will have a dance at St. Collette’s in Rolling Meadows this
month. We usually air ten pages of local events on our Big Band Bulletin Board just before 6 P.M. The APOL has their annual spring dinner dance at Porretta’s in Chicago on March
25th. See Michael Delaney for tickets.
Some of the volunteers at WDCB will be participating in parades this month in Elmhurst and Naperville. We’ll keep the good songs playing each week. Thanks for listening.
John Radio Russell
Midwest Ballroom WDCB 90.9 FM Saturdays from 5-7 P.M. WRTE 90.7 FM in downtown Chicago and wdcb.org
worldwide. Older reruns air in Rockford on WTPB LP operated by Third Presbyterian Church. See our monthly schedule in Senior Connection and in the
WDCB cuetone. You may reach us at P.O. Box 1073 Dundee, IL 60118 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Playing the best local big bands, groups and performers. Midwest Ballroom Saturdays 5-7 P.M. WDCB 90.9 FM 5,000 watts and wdcb.org worldwide. Older reruns air
on WTPB LP in Rockford. 8-10 P.M nightly 99.3 FM 47 watts Rockford Community Radio P.O. Box 1073 Dundee, IL 60118 and email@example.com.
MIDWEST BALLROOM APRIL 2017
First of all, thanks
very much for supporting WDCB and Midwest Ballroom during the recent Spring Pledge Drive. The station management told me that the show did very well. All the money raised goes to support this fine
public radio station. Midwest Ballroom is into its 17th volunteer year on WDCB.
A couple of items of business…We
are asking local performers who have sent us CD’s in the past with stick on labels to send us new recordings without stick on labels. The old ones will not play anymore. We also need your gigs
at least two weeks in advance to get them on our bulletin board segment.
The show’s new direction is
to play as much commercial free music as possible. We usually feature close to 30 songs on each program depending on the length of the tunes.
We invite you to read
the new Wikipedia article about Arthur Lawrence Hellyer Jr. written by one of Art’s sons, Mike. This informative piece highlights the career of one of Chicago’s most well-known radio and TV
performers. Art had number one radio programs, did TV newscasts, commercials, network announcing and was on the worldwide Satellite Music Network. With all of these accomplishments, why hasn’t
Art Hellyer been inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame yet? What and who is keeping him out? We urge our listeners to read the article and then go to the National Radio Hall of Fame
website and nominate Art. Thank you for your consideration.
There are lots of
places to go dancing. On the third Sunday of the month, the Yorkville Big Band directed by Rick Falato plays at the Yorkville American Legion on Route 34. There is a dance lesson
at 6 P.M. and
dancing from 7-9
P.M. April 2nd, the Teddy Lee Orchestra plays for dancing at the Corral 4900 Willow Springs Road near Lyons Township High School from2-4:30 P.M. Steve
Cooper’s Orchestra will be there on April 9th and the Ron Smolen Orchestra on April 23rd. There will be dancing on each Sunday there in May.
April is Jazz
Appreciation Month. For our Internet listeners in the Philadelphia area, John Primerano will entertain at the Tiffany Diner on April 30. 215-677-1843 for ticket information.
7th the Ballroom Big Band directed by Jack Amann plays at the Senior Prom for Seniors at York Community High School 2-4 P.M. 630-627-2400 for ticket
information. The Pacemakers play for a free dance on the last Sunday of the month at the Elgin VFW.
There is lots of
other fine entertainment in the Chicago area that we list on our Big Band Bulletin Board just before 6 P.M. on each program. We have some excellent theme programs coming up too and lots of great
tunes off old vinyl records. This also includes coverage of the March 25th APOL dinner dance.
In late May, we
will do our annual Memorial Day Program. We will need to record this several weeks in advance of the show. Interested Veterans organizations who would like to be on the program should contact
me quickly. The annual show will feature area Veterans who will discuss their service experiences along with lots of great patriotic music.
thanks for listening. Your comments on our programs are always appreciated.
John “Radio” Russell Midwest Ballroom
P.M. WDCB 90.9 FM Chicago…worldwide atwdcb.org. downtown Chicago and west loop WRTE 90.7 FM. Older reruns air on WTPB LP 99.3 FM in Rockford, Illinois nightly from 8-10 P.M. The show may be
contacted at P.O. Box 1073 Dundee, IL 60118 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.