Celebrating 27 years of award-winning radio!Prime Time Polkas!
Your host Jerry Zagar

Heard LIVE Saturdays Noon-1:00PM Eastern Time on
92.3/94.1/102.1 FM / 620 AM
KHB Radio, Pittsburgh, PA, USA
And Polka Parade, AM1340 WJOI, Milwaukee, WI (as part of a rotating DJ schedule)

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Fri.-Sun. May 24-26: National Button Accordion Festival
Mon. May 27: Frank Stanger, Don Wojtila
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Prime Time Polkas is very proud to have TWO original theme songs written for the show.  The "Prime Time Polka" was written by Don Rutkauskas (lyrics and music) and was recorded and performed by George Suhon.  "The Saga of Pam & Jerry in Polka Land" was written, performed & recorded by George Suhon.
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Annual Summer Dance
Sunday, July 7, 2024
at the White Eagles Club
303 Adams Ave, Canonsburg, PA
Upstairs in their event hall
Handicap entrance & parking available
Music 2-6PM with
plus special guests and more!
Food & refreshments available. All proceeds benefit the continued broadcasting of Prime Time Polkas

 5/16/24  Tune in our latest shows from the Broadcasts page:
May 18 (KHB & Polka Parade), May 11, May 4, April 27, April 20, April 13 (KHB & Polka Parade), , April 6, March 30, March 23, March 16 (KHB & Polka Parade), March 9, March 2, February 24, February 17 (KHB & Polka Parade), Febrary 10, February 3, January 27, January 20 (KHB & Polka Parade), January 13, January 6 and many more archived KHB Pittsburgh and Polka Parade Milwaukee broadcasts going back to 2018. 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. After a year hiatus, Jerry is back as part of a rotating DJ schedule on Polka Parade, heard Saturdays over 98.7 FM / 1340 AM WJOI (formerly WJYI) in Milwaukee, WI, producing a one-hour Slovenian / Cleveland Style show. Check out numerous CD premiere interviews as well. Access all of these 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!

11/30/23  New Recordings of the latest polka material:
"35th Anniversary" by Mikey Dee
"Never Say Never" by Al Battistelli, Anthony Culkar and Friends
"51st Anniversary Edition" by Penn-Ohio Polka Pals (19 bands)
"70th Birthday Recording" by Fred Ziwich
"Same Dance, New Song" by Ron Pivovar
"Grab A Little Sunshine" by Kris and the Riverbend Dutchmen
"50th Anniversary" by Penn-Ohio Polka Pals (many bands)
"Escape to Polka Paradise" by Tom Brusky
"When It's Polka Time in Cleveland" by Fred Ziwich
"Please Santa, Play Me A Song At Christmas" re-release by Fred Ziwich
"Na Zdrowie!" by Zupe and The Polka Commandos
"My Happiness" by Walter Ostanek
"Music With My Friends" by Alex Meixner
"The National Button Accordion Festival All-Stars Volume II" by Ron Pivovar & guests
"Back To Slovenia" by Joey Miskulin
"Christmas Kielbasa" by Mike Schneider
"Scrub Scrub Scrub 2020 COVID-19 version" by Mike Schneider
"The National Button Accordion Festival All-Stars" by Ron Pivovar & guests
"Country Christmas Collection" by Tom Brusky (non-polka)
"Button Box From the Heart" by Walter Ostanek
"In Charge!" by Johnny Pecon & Lou Trebar
"Remembering Al Meixner" by Al Meixner
and many, many more...

Thank you!
27th Anniversary Radio Benefit Dance
Sunday, April 28, 2024
at the Yukon (PA) Slovenian Hall
Music 2-6PM with
Jack Tady Bears
Celebrating 72 Years of promoting polka music
plus Guys & Satin Dolls, special guests and more!
All proceeds benefit our continued broadcasting. Hope to see you there!

Thank You!
Annual Oktoberfest Dance
Sunday, October 15, 2023
at the White Eagles Club
303 Adams Ave, Canonsburg, PA
Upstairs in their event hall
Handicap entrance & parking available
Music 2-6PM with
plus special guests Frank & Darryl Valencic
and more!
Food & refreshments available. All proceeds benefit the continued broadcasting of Prime Time Polkas

Thank you!
Annual Summer Dance
Sunday July 2, 2023
Yukon Slovenian Hall
137 Yukon Ave., Yukon, PA

Dancing 2-5:30pm featuring
and more!
Food & refreshments available, all proceeds benefit our radio show

26th Anniversary Radio Benefit Dance
Saturday, May 13, 2023
at the Yukon (PA) Slovenian Hall
Music 4-8PM with
Bill Bevec Band
from Youngstown, Ohio
and more!
All proceeds benefit our continued broadcasting. Hope to see you there!

5/29/21  From a cassette tape found in the archives, listen to our final broadcast at our former home for four years at 540AM WWCS Radio in Canonsburg, PA, on Friday, February 9, 2001. Hear what the show sounded like 20 years ago! Pam, Jerry and Don Rutkauskas are joined by a few guests during those final two hours. This was a transition time for our show as our time ended abruptly at WWCS and it was prior to confirming the move to KHB Radio two weeks later. Tune in from the Broadcasts page and enjoy!

1/22/21  Jerry is back producing a one-hour Slovenian Cleveland Style broadcast on Milwaukee's Polka Parade. AM 1340/98.7 FM WJYI. Check out their site for more great polka music online. Tune in this specific hour from the Broadcasts page.

9/3/20  Dave English has written and built a play entitled The Dragon of Polish Hill, produced at The New Hazlett Theater in Pittsburgh. It's a rust belt folk tale set in the Polish Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh where he lives. The main character is an old Onion man named Stanley Onion who happens to be one of the oldest people in the world and a former polka dancer. We learn about his amazing life through his rocky friendship with a young hipster punk who just moved to the neighborhood. The play includes original characters, story, puppets, dancing, and music! Due to the pandemic the in-person version of the play was cancelled so they are turning it into a movie, which means people can watch it anywhere in the world! The live screening is happening September 24th and 25th with a live Q&A afterward. Learn more about the play here. Listen to the original soundtrack here.

7/24/20  We regret to announce that our 23rd Radio Anniversary Dance (originally scheduled for April 19, then rescheduled for May 17) and our Annual Summer Dance on June 21 had to be canceled due to Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf's restrictions on holding public events of any size. Also, great annual festivals that normally would take place over Memorial Day Weekend and the second weekend in July, notably the National Button Accordion Festival and the SNPJ's Slovenefest, have also been canceled due to the governor's restrictions.

11/30/19  Winners of the Support / Promotion Award!
The voting members of the National Cleveland Style Polka Hall of Fame have awarded us their their 2019 Support / Promotion Crystal Award at the Polka Hall of Fame Awards Show.  This was our 19th consecutive year being nominated for this prestigious annual award, winning it for just the second time since 2007.  We thank YOU, all the people that continue to vote for us.  The winners were announced at the PHOF's award show held Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019 in Cleveland, OH.

Jerry with guest co-host Bill Seles
7/18/19  Sad news to report: the passing of "Western PA's Polka Ambassador" Bill Seles. He was a great influence to us as a DJ, promoter and a person. R.I.P Bill. View the write-up by Trib Live here and the obituary here.

2/15/19  Sad news to report the passing of my (Jerry's) father, Gerald (Jerry) Zagar Sr. on Thursday, Feb. 14. "Senior" was a great supporter of everything I and we (Pam) did, especially when it came to polka music. I'm sure there's at least one more polka for you in Heaven. Rest in Peace, dad. View funeral arrangements here.

12/24/18  Watch nearly an hour of excerpts from Mollie B's 2016 Christmas Special available online for the first time courtesy of Farm and Ranch TV.

11/1/18  For those of you way-early planners, the schedule for Slovenefest 2019 has been finalized and released. It takes place July 12-14, 2019, at the SNPJ Recreation Center, Boro of SNPJ, Enon Valley, PA, and co-sponsored by the Slovene National Benefit Society. Make your plans now!

Johnny 6/15/18  We had the pleasure of spending some time with one of our faithful listeners and most frequent callers on Saturday, June 9, 2018, at the Slovene Heritage's Center weekend with the Frank Stanger Orchetsra at the SNPJ Recreation Center in Enon Valley, PA. That's Johnny "5-pack" Preisner from New Castle. Surprise - he's requesting something by Johnny Pecon.

 11/6/16  KHB Radio is now simulcasting on 102.1 FM serving the city of Pittsburgh, PA. The signal eminates from the WDUQ tower in the city's Oakland section. You can also hear us on 92.3 FM and 94.1 FM (which both generally serve eastern Allegheny County and more). Try these FM frequencies for a better Prime Time listening experience. Of course, those listeners out of those areas can get us on 620 AM blasting 5,500 watts into 5 states.

10/29/16  Congratulations to Pam Zagar as she has been awarded 2016 DJ of the Year by the United Musicians Polka Association of Pennsylvania (UMPAPA).  They'll be holding their annual awards banquet at Imperial SNPJ Lodge 106 on Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016.  Find the complete details of the event on our Weekender page.  Congrats to UMPAPA's 2016 Man of the Year Brian O'Boyle and the other award winners!

4/22/16  On our April 16 show, Dick Tady stopped by to premiere his latest solo project He's Back!. The first song is dedicated to his grandchildren Maggie & Justie Dvorsak. Here they are in-studio with Jerry during the broadcast.

Maggie & Justie Dvorsak with Jerry

3/27/16  With deep sadness, we regret to report the passing of George Suhon on Easter Sunday, March 27. Please join us in praying for the Suhon family at this most difficult time.  Send cards and letters to Beth Suhon, 598 Dry Ridge Rd., West Alexander, PA, 15376. View the obituary here.

Looking for festive Christmas polka music for the holiday season?  Visit our Christmas Music page for some Prime Time recommendations.  If you're looking for that "perfect" gift, may we recommend Chia Pet, the "greatest and worst gift ever." The pottery that grows. Awesome. You can pick these up at Ames and Woolworth department stores.

2/2/16  After 15+ years of hosting our online-only radio station, Live365 has ceased broadcasting at the end of January. It was a great run but we're opening up a new, even better online-only station with an incredibly long playlist of polkas, waltzes and more. Keep checking back here for the latest details and an official launch date to be announced very soon.

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.

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 Milwaukee broadcast just happens to run simultaneously with our KHB Pittsburgh show.  Ahhh, the wonders of technology.  Our first broadcasts were July 21 & August 11, 2012, at 11AM Central.  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!

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.

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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- "I gotta tell you. I just spent the afternoon listening to PTP on Live 365. I really enjoyed it !!! Great song selection. Nice mix of old and (relatively) new. And good quality music. Not some of those songs you have to play whether you want to or not.TWO THUMBS UP !!!!" - Live365 listener

- "Hi guys! I love it. Former Clevelander getting a taste from home." - Live365 listener

- "enjoy your station, listen as much as i can, only wish we had radio stations like yours in the chicagoland areas." - Robert, IL

- "Hi. Just letting you al know That I love your polka station, keep up the good work." - Stan, Canada

- "Found your station today...i've been listening for 3 hours! thanks for being there!" - Butch & Robin V., NJ

- "From London, England a very good station. Makes me homesick.I'm also from Pittsburgh, been listening to 365 for over 5yrs. now."

- "Great station. I play tuba in a small over 50 german polka band and enjoy hearing all typs of polkas. Keep up the good work." - Charlie

- "Hello from Geneva,Ohio. This station is the best; keep up the good work! My wife and I are coming to Pittsburgh Labor Day."

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- "one of the last bastians of good, albeit liberal, polka broadcasting." - George S., PA

- "being from western pa and now living in kansas city i miss listening to polka music. there no radio stations that play polka music. thanks to live 365 I can now relive my past. thank you" - Walt C

- "I thoroughly enjoy listening to your program while I spend a lot of time on my computer. I've been a fan of Cleveland style for most of my life. My mom listened to Yankovic in the 40's and I've been hooked ever since. One of my favorite polka shows was Polka Time America from Florida. You are the high tech version of that program. Keep up the good work. I also just discovered YouTube." - Jerry M.

- "love the polkas !!!!! im in wisconsin we love polkas here too!!! keep up the great job. polka on!!!" - Francis, WI

- "Just a note to let you know how much I enjoy your music here in Mesa, Arizona. Being from Western Pennsylvania, you're a breath of fresh air. I listen to your programs when I get back there along with other Slovene D.J.'s. Out here, we have none. Keep up the good work.
From a happy Slovene in Arizona." - Don N., AZ

- "Recently I said there should come a internet radio station with only instrumental music. I like polka very much. I learned it in the 60.years and later with Johnny Pecon and Franky Yankovic. Broadcasted in the Netherland by illegal radio stations. They still exist and still sending polka numbers. They made the polka great in our neighbourhood. Unbelievable. What a great polka station you are. All wellknown numbers of Johnny Pecon are back again. Fantastic ! I was searching for it for many years. Great ! Great ! Thanks a lot !  Regards," - Alphons S., The Netherlands

- "We love your music days and night" - Elisabeth and Johnny, The Netherlands

- "Finally, a great polka station, I love it!" - Don, Detroit, MI

- "From the bottom of my heart Thank You for this beautiful music." - Elisabeth, The Netherlands

- "Hi, Pam, Jerry & Don, It`s been a couple of years I have been listening to your radio show.  It is a great source of enjoyment way down here in South Florida (Boynton Beach), So far away from the hot Cleveland Style Polka performers.  I do think you all should be commended as I am sure you are & have been recognized as the best Polka Radio Show in the good ole USA.  Keep up the good work..." - Will P., FL.

- "There is for one radio station on internet, it's yours.  Prime Time Polkas  I listen 24 hours a day to your programs on internet.  Thank you for this beautiful music." - Greetings from Jan van N., The Netherlands


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- "I stumbled onto your web-site and I had to write to you and congratulate you all for a great radio program. It's great to hear your radio program over the internet. Makes me want to get up and party...unfortunately everyone in the office would wonder what's a matter with me. Keep up the good work. From all of us Slovenian-Canadians from Toronto and Southern Ontario CHEERS! Keep pumping out those polkas!" - Boris L., Toronto Canada

- "The Best Damn Radio Show.....Period"!!!!!!  My thought has always been, less talk/ more music, you are the best at that concept. Keep up the good work." - Gary P., PA

- "Hello from Northglenn, Co. Love Polkas and your station, keep up the good work and God Bless." - Bill and Joan, CO

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- "I would like to thank you for the great effort you put into your primetime polka programs.  Your music is wonderful and without a doubt, you play the greatest polkas I have ever heard.  This is a very sincere:  THANK YOU!" - David D.

- "I just want to thank you for a little bit of home over here in the desert. I could go on about how my grandparents spoke polish, how my aunts and uncles all did the polka, how we saw Jimmy Sturr in concert at the Onion Festivals in Pine Island NY. Lets just say your music brings back many fond memories to one deployed soldier in Kuwait." - MSG Fred S., 8th MED BDE, Camp Arifjan

- "'A Class Act' - We are recording button accordionists from the Minnesota Iron Range in Northeastern Minnesota and love your polka show and have passed the computer info. on how to tune you in to all of our polka loving friends. Keep up the wonderful job you are doing promoting polkas. In sum, you are a class act - Roles Royce Of Polka Music!" - Ronny, Shelby & Susan S., MN

- "Hi, thanks for the great music on your website. I listen to it all the time." - David K.

- "How restful and beautiful are the polkas and waltzes you play. I try to listen every week to get some relief from the audio excrement that floods the airways. Stay healthy, live long and keep playing that beautiful music." - Leo S., PA

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- "Love the Slovene Music.  Thank you so much for your hard work we will never SEE, but we do HEAR!!! Thanks again for teaching us the POLKA AND WALTZ play button. - John and Karen P., AZ

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- "We always wanted to hear polkas as much of the day as we can so we were glad to find this channel on the computer. All we can say is thank you very much. Always" - Jacob and Carolyn, OH

- "Just wanted to let you know that 'PrimeTimePolkas' is No. 1 with the members of SNPJ's newest lodge in Palm Beach County, FL, Gold Coast Lodge 787.  It's nice hearing the new numbers and the oldies that most of us grew up hearing played. Best wishes for continued success." - Jack B., FL

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