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El Campo every Saturday morning. I had the chance to get to know more
about Mr. Milder.
TPN: How did you get started in polka deejaying?
Frank: Longtime polka DJ at KULP, Al Kozel, was retiring in 1999 and was
asked by management to find his replacement. Al was looking for
someone familiar with polka music and had approached a couple people
who weren't interested in the job. He knew that I was playing accordion
for the singing group, The Gulf Coast Czech Singers, and gave me a call. I
thought it would be great to broadcast polka music over the radio and I
accepted the position and have been here ever since.
TPN: What is your favorite part about being a polka DJ?
Frank: My favorite part is when I get to play music that my listeners and I
like. I feel satisfaction when I can find a particular tune that a listener
requests. Some are on the computer, but others may require searching
my collection of CDs, which I also enjoy doing.
TPN: Do you have a fond memory from polka deejaying?
Frank: I would have to say when I was being interviewed for the job by
former KULP station manager, Jerry Aulds. I really wanted to host the
polka show and I knew it was up to him if I got the position. When I was
hired, I was very happy and I'll never forget that moment.
TPN: What is one thing you hope your polka show does in the future?
Frank: One thing I'm hoping is that my show will educate the youngsters
on the Czech culture and heritage.
TPN: How do you feel about people being able to listen to your show
Frank: It's great! With technology rising faster and faster, most people
don't listen to actual radios anymore. But thanks to the internet, my show
is able to reach those who prefer listening online. I'm also able to receive
emails from fans at the end of the show thanking me for having an
enjoyable program that morning.
The Polka Parade Show airs Saturday from 6-10 am on KULP 106.7 in El
Campo and online at kulpradio.com.
Story By Justin Everett (Texas Polka News - May 2019)