April 2018 Newsletter
(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
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
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
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
Saturdays 5-7 P.M.
Older reruns of shows air on WTPB LP in Rockford-47 watts.