Bass player Val Eddy to appear on WTPB FM

One of the city’s most popular musicians will discuss his long career on WTPB’s new interview show, Everyday People. The program is set to air during the week of July 16 for two weeks.

Eddy, who has played with the city’s oldest dance band, the Bill Engberg Orchestra, for many years, will also talk about his travels with the famous Del Courtney Orchestra. “This band played in all the famous night spots all over the country,” Eddy recalls. “We were in a different ballroom every night.”

Of late, Val has been performing with Maximum Jazz at the Beloit Gun Club with pianist Maxine Holler and drummer Bob Devita. His Val-Aires often play at the Stockholm Inn. The show is hosted by John Russell. Future guests on the program include local Musicians Union President Bill Johnson, big band DJ Bill Korst, and accordion player Mike Alongi.

Everyday People is heard periodically on Rockford’s new community radio station, WTPB LP 99.3 FM. The station is owned and operated by Third Presbyterian Church.

from the July 11-17, 2007, issue

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