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Welcome to the Wisconsin Polka Hall of Fame

 

WISCONSIN POLKA HALL OF FAME

Spring DANCE - May 1st, 2014

$7 for WPHF members - $9 non members

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SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 10th, 2013

1-5:30 PM

AWARDS PRESENTATION 2:30 PM

STERLING CHALET
(Formerly the Richfield Chalet)
1271 Highway 175 Hubertus, WI
(262) 268-4080
Food and Refreshments Available

Music by the... DON PEACHEY BAND
Admission $7
Admission only $5 for WPHF MEMBERS

(Guests of WPHF members $5)

 

Congratulations and good luck to all Nominees!


Wisconsin Polka Hall of Fame - 2013 Nominees

 

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT

Ralph Thull

Steve Meisner

Gene Shulfer

 

HONOR ROLL AWARD

Loren Kohel

"Tuba Dan" Jerabek

Robbie Schneider

Harold Otto

Jerry Schneider

Jeff Heinz

Gene Shulfer

 

SUPPORT AND PROMOTION

Mollie Busta – Mollie "B" Polka Party

Aaron Schuelke - WRJQ

 

SIDE PERSON

Tom Schneider

Guenther Uhlig

Cliff Penniston

Gene Havlovitz

Todd Ouradnik

 

CULTURAL HERITAGE

Waupun "Volksfest"

Mike Schneider Band

 

BAND OF THE YEAR

Mark Jirikovec Orchestra

Neal Zunker & the Music Connection

Kenny Brandt

Goodtime Dutchmen

 

YOUTH MENTOR

David Jerabek

 

YOUTH ACHIEVEMENT

Brendon Adolf

 

 

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"NEWS"

 

The Wisconsin Polka Hall of Fame is a Non-Profit, Wisconsin based corporation formed in 1995. The organization is dedicated to recognize and honor those individuals who have excelled in the performance, preservation, and promotion of ethnic folk music in "Polka Style" within the State of Wisconsin. The Polka Dance is the Official Dance of Wisconsin.

The Wisconsin Polka Hall of Fame as part of its duties, will historically maintain the various ethnic backgrounds of the traditional music of Wisconsin for generations to come.

Members of the Wisconsin Polka Hall of Fame are entitled to nominate and vote for persons who have made contributions to polka music within the State of Wisconsin.


Awards are presented annually to winners of nomination in categories such as:

Lifetime Achievement

Cultural Heritage Award

Support and Promotion

Honor Roll Award

Side Person of the Year

Band of the Year

Youth Achievement

Youth Mentor

In 1995, a group of volunteers came together to form a non-profit organization to boost the radio signal of southeastern Wisconsin polka radio station WTKM. This boost was to allow WTKM to rebroadcast into the city of Milwaukee. At that time, there was great interest for WTKM's happy polka beat. Following several meetings, it was discovered that the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) had just assigned the only available radio frequency in Milwaukee to WFMR, a classical station. This closed the door on the idea of rebroadcasting WTKM into Milwaukee, and left the motivated individuals without a mission.

In the weeks to follow, it was decided that the group would move forward with the creation of a new organization. This organization would recognize and honor individuals who have influenced the polka industry throughout the state of Wisconsin.

On December 3, 1995 there was a big "kick-off" dance, held at the Blue Canary in Milwaukee, WI to introduce this non-profit organization, known as the Wisconsin Polka Hall of Fame. As of today, the Wisconsin Polka Hall of Fame has inducted many talented individuals. The categories of recognition include: Lifetime Achievement, Senior Achievement, Honor Roll, Support and Promotion, Side Person of the Year, Band of the Year, Youth Achievement,Youth Mentor and Gone But Not Forgotten.

The founders include: Noyes Lane, Barbara Lane-Krainz, Ray Mallak, Gene Schweiger, Bernadine Nelson, John Pinter, Greg Drust and Jim Boren.

 

If you have any questions, please email us at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.%20">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Thank you!

"Tuba Dan" Jerabek – President

(920) 428-7931

Tim Baumann – Vice President

Tom Schneider – Treasurer


Greg Laabs – Secretary

 

Congratulations to all Inductees!


Wisconsin Polka Hall of Fame

2012 WPHF INDUCTEES

Lifetime Achievement

Ray Konkol


Honor Roll

Carl Laack

Romy's Nitingale

Duane Westphal

Support & Promotion

Gary Brueggen


Side Person of the Year

Brian Seehafer

Mike Cielecki

Don Hunjadi

Cultural Heritage Award

Jerry Voelker

Band of the Year

Brian's Mississippi Valley Dutchmen


Youth Mentor

Ernest Broeniman

Youth Achievement

Derrick Ziegenbein




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