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This RadioMall Page is provided to the Wisconsin Polka Hall of Fame at Hartford, Wisconsin as a public service of WTKM Radio.

Wisconsin Polka

Hall of Fame


Established in 1996


Mission Statement

The Wisconsin Polka Hall of Fame will recognize the bands and leaders, as well as those who teach polka music, teach polka dancing, promote polkas, and any accomplishments in the field of polka music.  The Hall of Fame will establish a membership of polka band members, leaders and polka music fans to biennially, in the odd numbered years, nominate and thereafter vote for the person(s) of their choice in each fame category specified; and will also conduct the nomination and election of board members and officers in the even number years.


Nominees and Inductees

The selecting and voting for the nominees and inductees into the hall of fame is done by the membership at large, with each member, the board and trustees included, casting one vote. The process begins in late summer when nomination requests are mailed to the entire roster of members. The returned forms are presented, unopened, to a certified public accountant for tabulation, and the results are returned to the WPHOF Board.


The qualified nominees are posted on a ballot in their appropriate categories and again, it is sent to the entire membership for voting. The tabulation process is repeated and the resulting information permits the board to manufacture the awards, plaques, etc. This, in late fall, culminates in the awards ceremony.


2003 - 04  Board of Directors




Bryan O,Donnell, President

12020 West Saint Martins Road

Franklin, WI 53132

(414) 425-0539


Rick Gundrum, Vice-President

301 Winters Lane

Slinger, WI 53086

(262) 644-7002      E-mail


Jim Ebner, Secretary

N57 W34476 Nickels Point Rd

Oconomowoc, WI 53066

(262) 567-1884      E-mail


Ron Vandenboom, Treasurer

524  124th Street

Franksville, WI 53126

(4140 425-6967      E-mail



Louie Bashell

4939 South 65th Court

Greenfield, WI 53220

(414) 282-8936


Carlo Micale

1624 South 55th Street

Milwaukee, WI 53214

(414) 327-3593


Maureen Hornung

N168 W19939 Ridgeway Ct #12

Jackson, WI 53037

(262) 677-1680       E-mail


Richard T. Talatzko

18085 Thorn Apple Lane

New Berlin, WI 53146

(262) 748-9680


Ted Ignasiak

9880 South 112th Street

Franklin, WI 53017

(414) 529-3939


Ralph Thull

2479 Hwy H

Kewaskum, WI 53040

(262) 338-6308       E-mail




Robert Ullenberg

3387 South Kinnickinnic Ave

Milwaukee, WI 53207

(414) 483-3578



Museum of Wisconsin Polka Hall of Fame containing awards and artifacts is located in Hartford, Wisconsin, (53027) at the historic Chandelier Ballroom, 150 Jefferson Avenue.



As a member of the Wisconsin Polka Hall of Fame (WPHOF) you have the opportunity to nominate prominent musicians and members of the polka community for possible induction into the WPHOF. Many are nominated each award year, and the recipients with the greatest number of nominations have their names listed on the final ballot. The entire membership then decides the winner(s) in each of the categories. If your favorite doesn't win, you have the benefit of nominating him/her again, next voting cycle. Promotion is helpful.


Membership is $14 annually. If you sign-up for two years ($28), you will receive a CD or cassette copy of Polka Hall of Famers Volume One, a $15 value! Lifetime membership is $100 and entitles you to Polka Hall of Famers Volume One, and all future volumes, as they are created. These albums are certain to become collectors items because none will ever be sold, they are membership premiums only!


To apply for membership,

contact Maureen Hornung at E-mail or (262) 677-1680.


For general information call any officer or trustee.


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