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Tony Petkovsek

Tony Petkovsek has been on daily polka radio since 1961 and currently on Saturdays from Noon till 3pm, which is also sumilcast on www.247PolkaHeaven.com. For some 50 years, he also broadcasted on a daily basis. His shows emanated from his own studios at Tony's Polka Village, Kollander World Travel, both on E185th Street in Cleveland. Today, his shows are done live from his home studio in Fairport Harbor.

He previously was on the FM stations of WXEN-106.5; WZAK-93.1; and Public Radio 90.3. He is currently on WELW-1330AM and simulcast on www.247PolkaHeaven.com.

At Kollander Travel he originated the very first polka and music tour in 1967 and hosted tours with leading musicians to Alaska, Hawaii, South America, the Carribbean, Australia and Europe (45 visits to Slovenia alone) taking thousands of participants to many destinations, including all of Europe. Kollander is a partner with Kompas Tours Slovenia.

Tony established his own booster group of volunteers, the Cleveland Slovenian Radio Club, which staged the biggest community events and dance shows over the Thanksgiving weekend from Slovenian National Home on St. Clair Avenue; St. Joseph High School on E185th Street; to downtown Cleveland in the 90's, including Stouffer's Inn On the Square and the Cleveland Marriott Hotel on Public Square, filling this 25-story hotel to capacity. Fans travelled from coast to coast, Canada and even Europe to be a part of the festivities. This year's 2012 holiday event will be managed by the Polka Hall of Fame, for which Tony Petkovsek is the 25 year Founding Chairman. The Polka Hall of Fame is at 605 E222nd Street in Euclid.

Over the years, Tony was accorded man honors from youngest Slovenian Man of the Year in Cleveland in 1967 with an epitome recognition in 2012 from the President of Slovenia, Danilo Turk, a merit badge for service to the Slovenians in Cleveland and in Slovenia itself.

...contact Tony Petkovsek by email at tonyp@welw.com



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