Rockford accordionist goes worldwide

The music of the city’s top accordionist, Mike Alongi, will be heard around the world on Aug. 21. Alongi will discuss his career with John Russell Ghrist, also of Rockford, who hosts the Midwest Ballroom radio show on the College of DuPage’s WDCB. The station serves the Chicago area, but Rockford and worldwide listeners can hear the show by clicking on on their computers.

Alongi is well known in the Rockford area for his public and private performances. He has also recorded many commercial jingles for such firms as Beef-A-Roo. Last year, Alongi released his first CD/album titled Freshly Squeezed, which includes some original and classic tunes.

Midwest Ballroom is heard every Saturday at 5 p.m. on the college station. Listeners may contact the program at P.O. Box 1073, Dundee, IL 60118, or at

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