Polka Jamboree

Sundays from 7:00am-12:00 noon

Polka Jamboree

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Thanks for listening to WDEZ's Polka Jamboree, heard every Sunday morning from 7:00am-12:00 noon. Look for details of the 26th Anniversary Dance coming up March 19th and 20th.

Jeff Heinz
, the host has been doing the show for over 27 years now and has developed one of the most listened to polka programs in the country. Jeff now starts at 7AM with the "Early Bird Polka Hour" which features an hour of all Polish style music by popular demand brought to you by James Grezinski Forest Products. Jeff has many features on the show including his "Twin Spin" at 8:50 where he plays two songs by the same artist back to back. The WDEZ Twin Spin is brought to you by The Brickner Family Group with locations in Antigo, Little Chicago, Wausau and Merrill. Then at 9:50, Jeff features the Birthday and Anniversary requests for the day sponsored by Bletsoe Cheese. Then at 10:30 you hear "Polka Calendar" highlighting all the area polka events like polka festivals, church picnics, benefit dances and things like this brought to you by Kindred Health Care. Then at 11:20 you can enjoy a "Six Pak of Polkas", six polkas in a row back, to back. The six pak is brought to you by Our House Senior Living..The show is live almost all of the time and Jeff will take your birthday and anniversary requests at (715) 842-1019 or 1-800-644-1019, or you can e-mail Jeff with your requests here:

The show is a great mix of every style of Polka music, Polish, Slovanian, Dutchman, Bohemian, German and other novelty tunes. In the past, Jeff has interviewed people like Jimmy Sturr, Hank from the Polka Family, Stephanie, Lenny Gomulka, Kick, Wayne Horsburgh, Don Zamzow from Jerry Goetsch and many, many others. Scroll down to view the pictures! Jeff is now celebrating his 26th anniversary this year.

Jeff's Bio

Jeff's been involved with polka basically since he was born. His dad, Orv played with polka bands from high school on. Playing with Duke Wright to start and in the late 60's to mid 70's with Duke Wright and the "Nu Tones". Jeff got his start from his Dad and also from his Grandpa Orv, who played with Eddie Olshanski and "The Metropolitons". Jeff was very fortunate to fill in for both of these bands in the 70's. JoAnn, Jeff's mom, played the piano and dragged the family along to Orv's playing jobs..

Jeff has two brothers, Mark and Corey. Mark is also a musician, playing with the "Nu Tones", "Band Boys", Jerry Goetsch and also with The Polka Partners. He now plays regularly with The Jim Busta Band and Gary's Ridgeland Dutchmen. Corey, well, he's a polka "wanna-be" and just likes listening to the music. Jeff's first dance job was with his brother Mark, and Brian Barnetske when he was nine years old. Through the years he filled in for many bands, his main two were, "The Band Boys" and his current band "Neal Zunker and The Music Connection". He's played with this band for over twenty-five years. You can see pictures of Jeff and The Music Connection below!

Jeff has been married over 22 years. He and his wife have two wonderful boys, Alex (18) and Nicholas (15), and "Buddy" their dog. (He is a border collie/black lab mix) Diane works at Aspirus Hospital in Central billing and helps out with requests on the Polka Jamboree on occasion. Alex enjoys watching football, baseball,fishing, bow & arrow and is turning out to be quite the hunter bagging four bucks in the last 4 years, all 8 pointers or bigger. He also just bagged his first bear almost 250 lbs. He also went to state and nationals for trap shooting. Nicholas, enjoys watching movies, baseball,football, fishing, swimming, archery, basketball and also went to the state and national trap shoot this year. Nicholas also has a few deer to his name and enjoys the outdoors. He loves helping his dad out on Sunday's with requests and just loves the polish polka music. He's also sat in on the drums with The Music Conection, Polka Family and John Gora.. And yes, they both do enjoy polkas and texting on their cell phones.

Jeff is in Sales at WDEZ Radio in Wausau(715)842-1672, and has another radio show on our sister station Newsradio 550 WSAU on Saturday Mornings from 9:00-10:00AM. Now you can also listen to Jeff on 247 Polka Heaven on the internet 4 times a week. 247 Polka Heaven is a 24 hour, 7 day a week polka internet show. He is Past President of the Wausau Noon Optimists and a past board member of WATEA (Wisconsin Automotive and Truck Education Board). Jeff also is Master of Ceremony for many banquets including the Turkey Federation, Ducks Unlimited and Whitetails Unlimited. He enjoys hunting, fishing going to the casino, working, going to the Brickyard Saloon, The Chatterbox, Klucks and spending time with his family and shooting trap with Alex and Nicholas.

Thank You to all that voted and Congratulations Jeff!!! Not only for the awards from the Wisconsin Polka Music awards, but also inducted into the Wisconsin Polka Hall of Fame in 2006 for Support and Promotion!!
 - Click here to see award winners


Alex's 9 pointer from 2007!!!

Jeff with the World Famous "Wierd Al Yankovic"

Nicholas, Alex, Jeff and Diane with Wierd Al Yankovic!

EDDY J'S "I LOVE MY GREEN BAY PACKERS" You can get your very own copy of I Love My Green Bay Packers by going to www.eddyj.com or call Eddy direct at (414)762-5872 and he will guarantee delivery by Christmas.

NEAL ZUNKER AND THE MUSIC CONNECTION GOING TO Italy and Switzerland this September. A brewer game and the German Fest in West Bend, and Europe to name just a few. We will be going to Amana, IA with a bus trip in June. The Music Connection's schedule is posted below. If you would like any additional information, please e-mail jeff@wdez.com or call Lynn or Neal Zunker at 715-845-4313 or 715-551-0233.
 - Link to the Music Connection's Schedule

Hodag 2007 meet and greet with Alex, Nicholas Jeff Diane and Neal McCoy.

One of the most asked questions I get as A Polka DJ is "Where do you get CD'S like we hear on the Polka Jamboree?". Four great sources are "JIMMYKPOLKAS.COM" and "Polkamart.com". Locally in Central Wisconsin there some are available at Wausau Music Center at 715-845-4313 or contact Mike Skalecki in Wausau at 715-241-7652 and tell Mike what you're looking for especially Polish CD's.
 - Link to Jimmy K Polkas
 - Link to Polka Mart

Neal Zunker and The Music Connection with their award as 2007 Band of the Year from the Wisconsin Polka Hall Of Fame.

Polka Jamboree's Links
- The Polka Jamboree
- Email Jeff
- Jeff's Polka Jam