First of all, thanks very much for supporting WDCB and Midwst 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.
    May 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.
     As always, thanks for listening.  Your comments on our programs are always appreciated.
John “Radio” Russell Midwest Ballroom Saturdays 5-7 P.M. WDCB 90.9 FM Chicago…worldwide 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
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