October 2017 


Hello Listeners,   


     The area musicians continue to perform. There are Sunday dances at the Corral each week in Western Springs.  The WDCB website lists lots of nice events on their Ballroom and Nostalgia Calendar and Jazz Calendar. Please check them out for the latest news. The Yorkville Big Band has regular dances on the third Sunday of each month at the Yorkville American Legion.   yorkvillebigband.com

Dance Lesson with Patricia Ray, 6 to 7:00pm. The 21 piece Yorkville Big Band from 7 to 9:00pm.

      We are into our 17th volunteer year of the show on WDCB.  It has become quite obvious that our listeners really want to hear more music.  Some of our best shows include about 35 songs each week.  We have in the past done interview shows and there was a nice response on our recent coverage of the ARCI Radiofest with Sweet Pepprika…and our interview with 40’s 50’s and 60’s singing star Lola Dee. Lots of listeners told me that they enjoyed the programs. Thanks for your nice comments.

      As our programs moves into the fall, WDCB has planned some special events.  They will be having a 40th anniversary party and the regular fund drives.  I have often kept quiet about one issue, but it has really gotten out of hand and that is our bulletin board feature.  I still want to support the fine area performers and bands, and plug their gigs, but get very disappointed when the same venues press me so much about free PR for their restaurants, ballrooms, and places and never spend a dime on supporting the very station that gives them so much free publicity.  I see it every time that the station has a fund drive which is necessary to pay for the station’s operations and the money comes from listeners and seldom from venues.

I don’t get the money or want it, but the station needs it to pay its operating costs. Therefore, I plan to cut back on the amount of time that the bulletin board airs… We’ll give our listeners about two weeks of announcements to limit the amount of times that a venue is mentioned. We still require the gigs sent to me at least two weeks before they happen.  Please don’t ask me to list drink minimums, phone numbers, admissions, donations, directions etc... If you want that, contact Ken Scott at WDCB and buy some paid underwriting. The restaurants don’t want to give out free dinners, so why should we constantly give away our resources which is our air time…?  We are not a commercial station. As far as our performers go, perhaps they should mention to the venue owners to help support WDCB which plugs their events for free each week.  This will allow us to play more music which is what our listener’s want who actually support the station.  Thanks for your understanding…

      Elsewhere softball season has ended.  There should be some articles about the Chicago Salmon Vintage Base Ball Team in upcoming issues of the Des Plaines Journal and the Connection newspaper.  Thanks for listening.




John “Radio” Russell


Midwest Ballroom P.O. Box 1073 Dundee, IL

60118   midwestballroom@yahoo.com

The show airs on Saturdays from 5-7 P.M. on

WDCB 90.9 FM and worldwide at wdcb.org. Older reruns air on WTPB LP in Rockford.



Our Next Gig........

Oct 15, 2017

Our 24th 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 24th 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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