Midwest Ballroom June 2017 Newsletter
Hello Listeners,
     The summer is here and is always a busy time for our program. The month of May concluded with our annual Memorial Day flag waving show to encourage patriotism. On May 26, a graveside service was held for Chicago big band drummer and Chicago Policeman Art Selat. A number of area bandleaders and performers were there to remember Art, a friendly and talented man. Long time friend Vic Rini advised us about it which also included a military flag service. Long time friends prepared a memory book about Art which was passed out to those who attended. He would have been 95 on the day of his service.
      I saw Art perform just one time which took place at an area library which used to be known for its local big band and quality music performances.  Art was called out of the audience one night to play in a local jazz group and he was great. I would also see Art at many local music events.
      Dance music events continue in the area. Rick Falato’s Yorkville Big Band holds dances on the third Sunday of each month at the Yorkville American Legion.  Dance lesson at 6 P.M. dancing 7-9 P.M.The June dance schedule for the Corral at Lyons Township High School is as follows….June-4 Ron Smolen Orchestra, June 11th Steve Anthony Orchestra,  June 18th, Steve Cooper Orchestra, and June 25th Jay Witcher Orchestra. 
      On June 19th Steve Cooper will present a free video program, “Early TV and Pop Singers” at the Chicago Ridge Public Library at 7 P.M. On June 25th organist Carl DeSanti and Kenned MacIver will host a free organ program at the Allen Organ Store in Bolingbrook at 2:30 P.M. Our weekly on the air bulletin board also lists other local entertainers and their gigs. We have asked for station web space to list the many area events that we mention but have not received anything.  Our thanks to TV’s Jack Taylor, for his weekly commentaries.
       On June 2nd, The Horner Park Jazz Band directed by Don Sadofsky will play for a free outdoor concert at Horner Park in Chicago7 P.M. 2741 W. Montrose in Chicago. On June 10th, Don’s Revolutionary Swing Orchestra plays for a Big Band Jazz and Belly Dancing event at the Miraj Restaurant in Niles, IL..  On public radio, we are not permitted to mention prices or admission charges. Just assume there are some unless we say it’s a free event.  
    On June 17th, WDCB will be asking our audience for financial support during their Summer Pledge Drive.  We hope that our listeners will call in during our program which lets the management know that we have an audience. Donations of any amounts are appreciated. Thanks in advance for your kind support. Our special thank you gift will be Tony Bennett’s Greatest Hit’s From the 60’s. The number to call will be 630-942-JAZZ or on line at wdcb.org. This is a great time for area businesses who get free PR on the show to support the station.
     On June 24th, Midwest Ballroom will present a very special program of 60’s memories with Greg Favata, current member of the Chicago soft rock New Colony Six group.  The first hour will feature mellow 60’s tunes.  Greg will join me in the second hour to play some of the group’s best hits and tunes from his new album
“My Distant Land.”  It is Greg’s very well-done and tasteful mostly guitar instrumental CD.  The group has an upcoming gig in Delavan, Wisconsin in July. (July 7 and 8 at the Belfry Music Theatre). The June 24th program was pre-recorded at Studio Cellar in Bartlett, Illinois. 
     Former NC6 member Skip Griparis has a program on July 17th at the Drendel Ballroom in Huntley, IL 7 P.M. Petra Van Nuis, Multiplicity, Jack D’Amico, the In Session Jazz Orchestra, Jazz Community Big Band, Jazz Consortium Big Band, Chicago Big Band and many others have monthly events. August 5th, the ARCI Radiofest takes place at the Shriner’s Hall in Addison.  Sweet Pepprika will be the entertainment. The Yorkville Big Band plays again this year for the July 4th Fireworks Celebration and for Hometown Days on August 31st.
     At times, it is difficult to determine what our audience really wants to hear. We still play lots of music by local and territory bands and singers. There are programs of all vinyl music.  In May, we also presented highlights of the APOL Dance featuring the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra directed by Terry Myers.  The tape recorder that we have used for many years malfunctioned again either due to age or bad tapes and has been retired.  We are no longer covering events now.  By the way, presenting the Dorsey event required hours and hours of time going through at least eight cassette tapes of music and interviews.
     There are still problems with CD’s with stick on labels and getting gig information late.  We need your gigs at least two weeks before they happen, and all previously sent CD’s with stick on labels need to be replaced by the artists. They will not play in slot recorders that the station has in its new studio.
     The mail continues to be good, but there are many listeners out there in the Chicago area and on the Internet that we never hear from.  A note occasionally lets us know that there is an audience for this kind of music and entertainment.
     Each volunteer program takes over 40 hours a week to write and record. This is the 17th year of the show and we still do it just for you who enjoy our music. Thanks for listening. Sincerely,
John “Radio” Russell
Midwest Ballroom
Saturdays 5-7 P.M. on WDCB 90.9 FM and worldwide at wdcb.org
P.O. Box 1073  Dundee, IL 60118
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9054 E Veterans Pkwy
Yorkville, IL
Dance Lesson: 6-7pm
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