SEPTEMBER 5, 2008: Nominees for Awards Show #21 on November 29 in Cleveland are:   LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT: Frankie Mullec, Lynn Marie, Eddie Rodick, Del Sinchak, Hank Thunander and Eddie Vallus.  ALL-TIME HITS:  Argentina Waltz, El Rio Drive, Glas Harmonika, Pony Tail, Quick Stop, Squeezer's, and Zip Polka.  NEW POLKA OR WALTZ:  Walter's Polka by Fred Scherz, The Love That We Both Share by Ken Novak, Denis' Fast Polka by Denis Novato, Don't Play Me A Sad Song at Christmas by Fred Ziwich.  CULTURAL HERITAGE:  Fairport American Slovenian Club, Fantije Na Vasi, SNPJ Circle 2 Junior Chorus and Joe Valencic. SUPPORT/PROMOTION:  John and Helen Kuzman, Ed Ostry, Larry Placek, Joe Valencic and Pam and Jerry Zagar.  BUTTON BOX INDIVIDUAL:  Al Ray Combo, Joe Grkman Jr., Ron Likovic, Joe Novak, Denis Novato and Fred Ziwich.  BUTTON BOX GROUP:  Fairport Jammers, Magic Buttons, Magic City Showcase, Mahoning Valley and Western PA SNPJ Club.   BEST VOCALIST:  Bob Feritto, Christine Hibbs, Nancy Novak, Kim Rodick, John Ross and Ken Umeck.  BEST MUSICIAN:  Joe Grkman Jr., Eric Noltkamper, Joe Novak, Brian O'Boyle, and Fred Ziwich.  BAND OF THE YEAR:  Klancnik and Friends, Joe Novak and Friends, Eddie Rodick Orchestra, Wayne Tomsic Combo, Fred Ziwich and the ISM.  RECORDING OF THE YEAR:  "Tribute to Benzy Rathbone" by Tony Grandovic and Friends, "Denis Novato Plays Cleveland Style" by Denis Novato, "Dueling Polkas" by Walter Ostanek and the Western Senators, "Diamnond Anniversary Edition" by Penn-Ohio Polka Pals, "Live from Casino Regina" by Eddie Rodick and "Whoop" by Western PA SNPJ Button Box Club.  BEST SIDEMEN:  Gary Byndas (ISM), Bob Feritto (Joe Novak), Gary Fisher (Joe Novak), Fran Gondell (Turcola and Zalac),  Steve Grkman (Grkmania), Frank Puskar (Karl Lukitsch), Joe Reboudo (Wayne Tomsic), Eddie Rodick III (Eddie Rodick), Kim Rodick (Eddie Rodick), and Brian Zupancic (Joe Novak).  If you wish to vote and you are not a member of the Polka Hall of Fame, contact them at 1-216-261FAME or go to their website at www.clevelandstyle.com .   Winners are in bold.
NOVEMBER 29, 2008: We were lucky enough to attend awards show XXI for the Polka Hall of Fame today.  Here are the winners of the various categories.  To see all nominees, go down to our news from September 5 farther down this page.  Congratulations to all winners and listen to our show tomorrow for music from the winners.  LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT:  Eddie Rodick and Frankie Mullec.  TRUSTEES HONOR ROLL:  Louis Spehek, Bob Turcola, Violet Ruparcich, Dick Sodja, Tony Fortuna, Dave Wolnik.  SONGS OF THE YEAR:  Zip Polka and Argentina Waltz.  NEW SONG:  Don't Play Me A Sad Song at Christmas by Fred Ziwich.  CULTURAL HERITAGE AWARD:  Joe Valencic.  SUPPORT/PROMOTION:  Ed Ostry.  BUTTON BOX/INDIVIDUAL:  Ron Likovic.  BUTTON BOX/GROUP:  Western PA. SNPJ Button Box Group.  BEST VOCALIST:  Kim Rodick.  BEST MUSICIAN:  Eric Noltkamper.  BAND OF THE YEAR:  Eddie Rodick Orchestra.  RECORDING OF THE YEAR:  A Tribute to Benzy Rathbone by Tony Grandovic and Friends.  SIDEMEN (3 WINNERS) OF THE YEAR:  Steve Grkman, Eddie Rodick III and Kim Rodick.
NOVEMBER 28, 2009:  The Awards Show 22 winners were announced today in Cleveland.  We are very proud that Johnny Spetich will be one of the trustees honor roll recipients.  Winners are in bold.  Nominees for Awards Show #22 on November 28 in Cleveland are:   LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT: Del Sinchak, Hank Thunander, Bill Seles, Art Perko and Fred Kuhar..  ALL-TIME HITS:   El Rio Drive, Give Back My Heart, Glas Harmonika, Pony Tail, Quick Stop, Squeezer's, Iron Mike, Red Lips Red Wine, Waltz of Love.   TRUSTEES HONOR ROLL: Johnny Spetich, Greg Drust, SNPJ Farm, Kathy Hlad, Ron Luznar and Mirk Yama.  NEW POLKA OR WALTZ:  "Chili Donuts" by Joe Bajuk, "Half of the Time" by Mikey Dee, "Quarter to 3 in the Morning" by Ron Pivovar, "Please Don't Wait Till Tomorrow Waltz" by Fred Sherz Sr., "Someone" by Ron Sluga and Joey Tomsick, "Polka Funhouse" by Joey Tomsick. CULTURAL HERITAGE:  Fantije Na Vasi, SNPJ Circle 2 Junior Chorus, Glasbena Matica, Slovenian Home East 80th, SNPJ Heritage Center, and Joe Valencic. SUPPORT/PROMOTION:  John and Helen Kuzman, Joe Gabrosek and Gene Kovack,SNPJ Lodge #6 Sygan, Val Pawlowski and Pam and Jerry Zagar.  BUTTON BOX INDIVIDUAL: Joe Grkman Jr., Ron Likovic, Joe Novak, Ron Pivovar and Fred Ziwich.  BUTTON BOX GROUP: Fairport Jammers, Magic Buttons, Mahoning Valley and Western PA SNPJ Club.   BEST VOCALIST:   Christine Hibbs, Nancy Novak, Kim Rodick, John Ross and Ken Umeck.  BEST MUSICIAN:  Joe Grkman Jr. Bob Kravos, Eric Noltkamper, Joe Novak, Brian O'Boyle, Joey Tomsick, and Fred Ziwich.  BAND OF THE YEAR:   Joe Novak and Friends, Eddie Rodick Orchestra, Joey Tomsick , Mikey Dee and Bob Kravos and the Boys in the Band..  RECORDING OF THE YEAR:  "Bang!" by Mikey Dee, "Gaylord Klancnik" by Gaylord Klancnik, "Polka Funhouse" by Joey Tomsick, and "Back to Back" by Ostanek, Kravos and Darlak.   BEST SIDEMEN:  Gary Byndas (ISM), Bob Feritto (Joe Novak), Gary Fisher (Joe Novak), Fran Gondell (Turcola and Zalac), Frank Puskar (Karl Lukitsch), Joe Reboudo (Wayne Tomsic), Hank Guzel (Joey Tomsick), Phil Hrvatin (Joey Tomsick), Jack Tankovich (Bob Kravos)  and Brian Zupancic (Joe Novak). 

NOVEMBER 27, 2010: Here are the winners (IN BOLD) from Awards Show XXIII at the Polka Hall of Fame.  LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT: Bob Timko, Dick Sodja, Fred Ziwich, Fred Kuhar, and Hank Thunander.  ALL-TIME HITS:  "Give Back My Heart Waltz", "Happy Days Polka", "Iron Mike Polka", "Kamnik", "No Beer In Heaven", "Pony Tail Polka", Red Lips Red Wine Polka", "Squeezers Polka".  NEW POLKA OR WALTZ:  "LaBella Luna" by Dick Tady, "Come Home Safe" by Fred Scherz Sr., "Donuts" by Alex Meixner, "I'm Here Waltz" by Jerry Kernz, and "Please Don't Wait Till Tomorrow Waltz" by Fred Scherz Sr.  CULTURAL HERITAGE:  American Slovenian Citizens Association (Acme Club), Glasbena Matica Singing Society, Slovenian National Home East 80th, SNPJ Heritage Room, Joe Valencic.  SUPPORT/PROMOTION:  Joe Gabrosek & Gene Kovack, Kathy Paulenich & Kay Sefcik, Val Pawlowski, Jack Tady Polka Place, United Musicians Polka Association of Pennsylvania (UMPAPA), Pam & Jerry Zagar.  BUTTON BOX INDIVIDUAL:  Joe Grkman Jr., Ron Likovic, Joe Novak, Dick Tady, Joey Tomsick, Fred Ziwich.  BUTTON BOX GROUP:  Fairport Jammers, Magic Buttons, Mahoning Valley Button Box Club, Polka Pirates, Western Pennsylvania Button Box Club.   BEST VOCALIST: Christine Hibbs, Nancy Novak, Kim Rodick, John Ross and Dick Tady.  BEST MUSICIAN:  Bob Kravos, Eric Noltkamper, Joe Novak, Brian O'Boyle, and Dick Tady.  BAND OF THE YEAR:  Klancnik and Friends, Bob Kravos and the Boys in the Band, Joe Novak and Friends, Eddie Rodick Orchestra, Dick Tady and the DTO, Fred Ziwich and the ISM.  RECORDING OF THE YEAR:  "It's Never Too Late" by Jerry Kernz, "Best of Cleveland Style" by Bob Kravos and others, "Jammin'" by Fairport Jammers, "Stay All Night" by Alex Meixner, "Timeless" by Walter Ostanek.  BEST SIDEMEN:  Gary Byndas, Phil Hrvatin , Bob Ferritto, Brian O'Boyle , Joe Gill, Frank Puskar , Ed Gould, Mike Yanek , Steve Grkman, Brian Zupancic.
NOVEMBER 26, 2011: Nominees for Awards Show #24 on November 26 in Cleveland are (winners are in BOLD):   LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT: Bob Timko, Eddie Adamic, Fred Kuhar, Hank Thunander, and Father Frank Perkovich.  ALL-TIME HITS:  "Beverly's Waltz", "Gogebec Range Polka", "Italian Nights Waltz", "Kamnik", "Lee and Ann Polka", "Red Lips Red Wine Polka", "Save The Last Dance", "Squeezers Polka", "Terezinka Polka".  TRUSTEES HONOR ROLL:  John Gerl, Linda Lee Brown, Gus Oswald, Angie Zabjac, Al Sturkel, Ray Skovenski, Bill Tomsick, Ray Sterle and Mike Dragas.  NEW POLKA OR WALTZ:  "Arlene's Waltz", by Dan Peters, "Free Beer Polka", by Jake Kouwe, "Logan's Polka", by Ron Pivovar, "Old Glory Polka", by Marge Ford, "A Waltzing Symphony", by Joe Bajuk. CULTURAL HERITAGE:  The Singing Slovenes (MN), SNPJ Circle 2 Junior Chorus, Slovenian Home Sharon, Pennsylvania, SNPJ Heritage Room, Joe Valencic.  SUPPORT/PROMOTION:  Joe Gabrosek & Gene Kovack, Ed Ostry, Kathy Paulenich & Kay Sefcik, Val Pawlowski, Gary Rhamy, Pam & Jerry Zagar.  BUTTON BOX INDIVIDUAL:  Joe Bajuk, Joe Grkman Jr., Kathy Hlad, Joe Jagunich and John Stark, Ron Pivovar.  BUTTON BOX GROUP:  Alaska Button Box Gang, Fairport Jammers, Mahoning Valley Button Box Club, Northern Ohio Players, Western Pennsylvania Button Box Club.   BEST VOCALIST:  Hank Guzel Jr., Susan McGovern, Mary Spehar-White, Kim Rodick, John Ross.  BEST MUSICIAN:  Joe Grkman Jr., Bob Kravos, Joe Novak, Brian O'Boyle, Ron Pivovar, Joey Tomsick.  BAND OF THE YEAR:  Klancnik and Friends, Bob Kravos and the Boys in the Band, Joe Novak and Friends, Eddie Rodick Orchestra, Joey Tomsick Orchestra.  RECORDING OF THE YEAR:  "Getting Together" by Dan Peters, "Polka Lust" by Ron Pivovar, "Rainbow of Music" by Frankie Spetich, "Something for Everyone" by Bob Kravos, "Triglav" by the Singing Slovenes.  BEST SIDEMEN:  Mark Habat, Phil Hrvatin , Brian O'Boyle, Frank Okicki, Jim Penko, Eric Stehle, Jack Tankovich, Mike Yanek, Brian Zupancic.
NOVEMBER 25, 2012:  Nominees for Awards Show #25 on November 24, 2012 are (WINNERS IN BOLD):  LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT:  Eddie Adamic, Steve Meisner, Father Frank Perkovich, Lynn Marie Hrovat Rink, Eddie Vallus.  CULTURAL AND HERITAGE AWARD:  SNPJ Farm, Kirtland, Ohio, SNPJ Heritage Room, Pennsylvania, Slovenian Home, E 80th Street, Cleveland, Slovenska Pristava, Harpersfield, Ohio, Joe Valencic, Jure Zmauc.  BUTTON BOX:  INDIVIDUAL OR DUO:  Patty Candela, Matt Frank, Joe Grkman, Bud Hyrczyk, Joe Novak, Joey Tomsick.  BUTTON BOX GROUP:  Fairport Jammers, Magic Buttons, Mahoning Valley, Polka Pirates, Western PA SNPJ Sygan.  VOCALIST:  Dale Bucar, Bob Ferrito, Murrary McFadgen, Nancy Novak, Kim Rodick, John Ross, Jack Tankovich.  MUSICIAN:  INDIVIDUAL:  Bob Kravos, Joe Novak, Brian O'Boyle, Frank Svet, Wayne Tomsic.  MUSICIAN:  SIDEMEN:  Al Bambic, Bob Ferritto, Gary Fisher, Mark Habat, Brian O'Boyle, Frank Okicki, Jim Penko, Eric Stehle, Brian Zupancic.  BAND OF THE YEAR:  Klancnik and Friends, Bob Kravos and the Boys in the Band, Eddie Rodick Orchestra, Wayne Tomsic Band, Joey Tomsick and the JTO.  SUPPORT AND PROMOTION:  Mary Lou Downs and Chuck Tomecek, Joe Gabrosek and Gene Kovack, Val Pawlowski, Joe Valencic, Pam and Jerry Zagar.  GREATEST ALL TIME SONG:  Beverly's Waltz, El Rio Drive, Iron Mike Polka, Kamnik, Red Lips and Red Wine Polka, Riverboat Polka, Squeezers Polka, Tic-Toc Polka.  RECORDING OF THE YEAR:  "Button Box Meagerie", Part 1" by Fred Ziwich, "Encore Tribute to Benzy Rathbone" by Tony Grandovic, "More Svet" by Frank Svet, "Staiduhar Finale" by George Staiduhar, "You're My Pretty Little Flower" by Wayne Tomsic.  NEW ORIGINAL SONG:  "If You Only Believe" by Bud Hyrczyk, "Kiss, Kiss Polka" by Nancy Seibert, "Music Box for Samantha Waltz" by Bruce Burger, "Sweet Memories Waltz" by George Staiduhar, "You're My Pretty Little Flower" by Wayne Tomsic, "Zikalamata Polka" by Fred Ziwich.  TRUSTEES HONOR ROLL:  Lud Hrovat, Jack Fronhoffer, Ken Tomsick, Ray Young, Zeke and Charlie Vrtovsnik, Frank Yankovic Hollywood Band:  Tops Cardone, Al Leslie, Buddy Graebel, Carl Paradiso.
DECEMBER 3, 2013:  Nominees and winners for Awards Show #26 on November 30, 2013 are (winners are in BOLD):  LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT:  Dwight Gobely, Jim Kozel, Frankie Zeitz, Eddie Adamic, Lynn Marie Hrovat RinkCULTURAL AND HERITAGE AWARD:  SNPJ Farm, Kirtland, Ohio, SNPJ Heritage Room, Pennsylvania, Slovenian Home, E 80th Street, Cleveland, Fantje Na Vasi, Joe Valencic.  BUTTON BOX:  INDIVIDUAL OR DUO:  Patty Candela, Matt Frank, Joe Grkman, Kathy Hlad.  BUTTON BOX GROUP:  Fairport Jammers, Magic Buttons, Mahoning Valley, Polka Pirates, Western PA SNPJ.  VOCALIST:  Dale Bucar, Bob Ferrito, Jim Lapinski, Murrary McFadgen, John Ross.  MUSICIAN:  INDIVIDUAL:  Joe Novak, Brian O'Boyle, Frank Stanger, Frank Svet, Wayne Tomsic.  MUSICIAN:  SIDEMEN:  Bob Ferritto,  Mark Habat, Andy Hudak, Jim Slatinski, Jim Penko, Jack Tankovich, Brian Zupancic.  BAND OF THE YEAR:   Chardon Polka Band, Klancnik and Friends, Frank Moravcik Band, Joe Novak and Friends, Frank Stanger Band.  SUPPORT AND PROMOTION:  Joe Gabrosek and Gene Kovack, Mark Habat, Steve and Dana Novosel, Val Pawlowski, Pam and Jerry Zagar.  GREATEST ALL TIME SONG:  El Rio Drive, Hambone Polka, Kamnik, Pony Tail Polka, Squeezers Polka.  RECORDING OF THE YEAR: "All Keyed Up" By Frank Stanger, "A Fistful of Polka" By Chardon Polka Band, "Journey To Remember" by Anthony Culkar, "Meisner Time" by Steve Meisner, "Sweet" by Logan Watson.  NEW ORIGINAL SONG:  "Bring Me More Beer", "A Fistful of Polka", "Hogan's Waltz", "Punxsutawney Phil Polka", "Schrader's Polka", "Waltz With Charlie".  TRUSTEES HONOR ROLL: Joe Gabrosek and Gene Kovach, Mahoning Valley Button Box Club, Bob McGuire, Joe Miklavic, Slovenian Home on East 80th Street, John Zipay
OCTOBER 9, 2014:  Nominees and winners for Awards Show #27 on November 29, 2014 are (winners are in BOLD):  LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT:  Denny Bucar and Don Lipovac .  CULTURAL AND HERITAGE AWARD:  BUTTON BOX:  INDIVIDUAL OR DUO:   BUTTON BOX GROUP:   VOCALIST:   MUSICIAN:  INDIVIDUAL:    MUSICIAN:  SIDEMEN:  .  BAND OF THE YEAR:    SUPPORT AND PROMOTION:   GREATEST ALL TIME SONG:  El Rio Drive, Iron Mike Polka.  RECORDING OF THE YEAR:NEW ORIGINAL SONG:   TRUSTEES HONOR ROLL: Bill Sneller, Sheila, Tom Grahek, Ted Lysziak, Tony Trontel, Jerry Jasinski