11/21/14 New Recordings of the latest polka material:
"Breakdowns" by Tony Blazonczyk's New Phaze
"Livin' the Dream" by Bud Hyrczyk
"WEAK Polka Pontoon" by Tom Brusky
"Lock Up Granny" by Scott Heatcoat
"Polka Shoes" by Steve Drzewicki Band
"Party Like A Polkastar" by Johnny Koenig
"Mollie B Polka Party" by Jack Tady Bears (DVD-only release)
"Button Box Spectacular" (CD re-release) by The Zupanchick Brothers
"Happiness Is A Choice" by Alex Meixner
"Polkas From the Woodshed" by Logan Watson
"The Best of" by Frank Stanger Orchestra
"Roads We Travel" by Polka Country Musicians
"Aged 36 Years!" by The Western Pennsylvania SNPJ Button Box Club
"Hey Hi Hee Ho!" by Ron Pivovar
"We Are Back" by Bob Kravos & Walter Ostanek
and many, many more...
11/10/14 Times are a changin'...literally. Starting this weekend, Satuirday, Nov. 15, our KHB show can now be heard from noon-1PM EST. Airtime is expensive and after losing a few sponsors recently (including one that has been with us from the start), this was our only choice to keep Prime Time Polkas on the air.
November 8 (Polka Parade), October 25 & October 11 (Polka Parade) and many more. We are part of a rotating DJ schedule on Polka Parade, heard Saturdays over AM 1340 WJYI in Milwaukee, WI, producing a Slovenian / Cleveland Style show every three or four weeks. Listen to many more of our latest archived 620 KHB broadcasts going back to the beginning of 2011. Each show is available online as an mp3 podcast. Download & listen later or you can stream the shows any time you wish, 24/7, 365. We also have numerous CD premiere interviews available. Access all of our KHB shows and interviews on our Broadcasts page. If you've never heard our KHB show live on Saturdays, here's your chance to hear the best of polkas & waltzes Prime Time style!
10/28/14 For those that tuned in LIVE to our 620 KHB show on Saturday, Oct. 25th, you noticed that our show began with nearly 15 minutes of silence, then started to air. Although this was completely out of our control, we'd like to apologize for their error. You can hear the complete 90-minute show direct from our Broadcasts page.
Nominated for Support / Promotion Award Again...
8/7/14 The voting members of the National Cleveland Style Polka Hall of Fame have nominated us for their 2014 Support / Promotion Crystal Award at the Polka Hall of Fame Awards Show. This is our 14th consecutive year being nominated for this prestigious annual award, winning it for the first time in 2007. We thank YOU, all the people that continue to vote for us. The winners will be announced at the NCSPHOF's award show held Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014 in Cleveland, OH.
6/12/14 Bob Doszak's Illinois Polkafest 27 is taking place Feb. 6-8, 2015, at the Hyatt Regency in Schaumburg, IL. Grab the band lineup & details by clicking the link above. Both Karl Lukitsch (www.autobahnband.com) and Frank Stanger will be taking buses from the Pittsburgh, PA, area for the weekend.
1/13/14 FINALLY! Our Live365 Broadcasting Station has been updated to the very latest polka recordings to the classics of the 1940s, 1950s and up with better audio quality. Our new Live365 playlist is over 25 hours with almost 600 "best of"polkas & waltzes! And if you sign up as a VIP Live365 member through our link on our Live365 station page, you'll listen ad-free in near CD quality. It also helps us pay for the station, so click up & join today.
11/12/13 Looking for festive Christmas polka music for the holiday season? Visit our Christmas Music page for some Prime Time recommendations. Thanks to our steady listener Charlie Johns for sending us our first Chia Pet, the "greatest and worst gift ever." The pottery that grows. Awesome. You can pick these up at Ames and Woolworth department stores.
8/13/12 We are now a part of Milwaukee, WI, radio! We are in a rotation of polka DJs broadcasting the Slovenian / Cleveland Style hour at Polka Parade. This just happens to run simultaneously with our KHB Pittsburgh show for the last 30 minutes. Ahhh, the wonders of technology. Our first broadcasts were July 21 & August 11 at 11AM Central. Our next shows are scheduled for September 1, September 15 (12:00pm mix hour special), October 13, November 3 (12pm mix hour special), November 17, December 8 & December 29 (12pm mix hour special). If you're in the Milwaukee area, tune in live on 1340AM WJYI. If not, your can listen by podcast via their website at polkaparade.org. Thanks to Don Hunjadi & everyone at Polka Parade for inviting us to come aboard!
Keep up with what's happening polka event-wise in the Pittsburgh, PA, area by visiting the Weekender Polka Events section of this site. We advertise the most recent events on our radio show during the Weekender segment heard at 11:30am & 12:15pm during every KHB broadcast.
Our phone-answerer extraordinaire, Don Rutkauskas, is taking a sebatical to work on some health problems. Don was instrumental in getting us back on the air in 1997 when we became disillusioned with the radio biz. Without Don's encouragement back then, we probably wouldn't be on the air today. Get well, Don, and happy (semi) retirement from our radio program.
Our Live365 broadcasting station has grown exponentially over the past 10 years. We're truly worldwide with listeners from Slovenia to the Republic of Moldova! But how 'bout the U.S.? From what American locales are the most listeners tuning in? Check out our top 21 cities here*. You may be surprised. (*This is only a "snapshot" of listeners tuning from the time period of Oct. 1-19, 2010.)
Pics have posted at BarSmart.com from Penn Brewery's Oktoberfest Celebration with Autobahn on Saturday, Sept. 18, 2010.
Pittsburgh's Post Gazette newspaper has an article about the National Cleveland Style Polka Hall of Fame in its Sunday, Sept. 12, 2010 publication in the Magazine section.
8/26/10 Catch the "Steve Meisner and Friends" performance at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., as they represented the state of Wisconsin. Recorded live on Wednesday, August 25, 2010.
3/27/10 We're very saddened to report the passing of Steve Pucker shown here singing his signature "Just Because Polka" on the Gateway Clipper in July 2005 with the Jack Tady Band. Steve was a great friend of us & our radio program for many years. You can view an article written about him back in 2006 in the Pittsburgh Senior Times. Rest in peace, Stevo. You will be missed.
Another world wide option for internet polka radio is now available powered by AOL Radio. It's relatively new, brodcasting a variety of polka music in CD quality. Get directly to AOL's Polka Radio Station here. Of course, for the best in polkas & waltzes online, tune in our stuff available on our Broadcasts page.
We've created quite a stir with Walter Ostanek's recent release of the song "Waltz of the Angels" on his Back to Back Hall of Fame Polkas CD. Not only is it a certified fan favorite on our show, but filtering into other area polka shows as well. As soon as we heard the song, we knew it would be a hit. Check Walter's February 20th blog for some background info on the song & why it took four years to finally get it released. There's also a link to preview "Waltz of the Angels" if you haven't heard it as of yet.
Here's an interesting mini-documentary of Slovenefest 2008, the SNPJ and the SNPJ Recreation Center in the Borough of SNPJ (Enon Valley), PA.
Here's a brief but very informative history of Slovenian style polkas in Cleveland, OH.
Looking for more reasons to down your favorite brew? We present to you: "Eight Healthy Reasons To Drink Beer" courtesy of Forbes.com.
You've heard of Guitar Hero, the game designed for the computer gaming system Nintendo Wii, where you get to play the guitar like a rock star. Now just released for wannabee polka musicians, we present to you Accordion Hero.
Are you concerned with the rising epidemic of polka addiction? Well, you should be. View one man's story on "Freaks, Geeks & Addicts" with correspondent Seymour Butts on YouTube. For your information, that one man fronts Larry Klima's favorite alternative punk rock polka band.
Are you from here or who have you spent any length of time in Pittsburgh? First, take the quiz, then see if these are true.
As mentioned on one of our previous broadcasts, we present to you essential summertime transportation: The "Cruzin Cooler combines two basic necessities of life, the ability to have cold food or a beverage handy along with the means to get somewhere."
A book is on the market written by Bob Dolgan (long-time writer for Cleveland, OH, newspaper Plain Dealer and husband of the National Cleveland Style Polka Hall of Fame's current president Cecilia Dolgan) about The Real Story of America's Polka King Frankie Yankovic. The book is softcover with 238 pages & 24 black/white photographs. Buy it at Amazon.com & read a review written by Milwaukee (WI) polka musician Tom Brusky.
MAKE A DONATION. Since many listeners enjoy the music here at PTP.com & have inquired about sending donations to help us with the costs of doing so, we've teamed with PayPal to make online donations quick, easy & secure. Just click the "DONATE" button at the top left of this page underneath our pictures & enter your info...it's that easy. And very much appreciated! Thanks to all who have previously made a donation.
A relatively new feature to this site...Essential Recordings contains a listing of required listening whether you're a new fan of the music or have been ever since you can remember. There are only 8 recordings listed as of today with many more to come in the future. Do you have these recordings in your collection? We think you should. Find out what they are by visiting our Essential Recordings page.
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