Rockford’s Bill Engberg Orchestra goes worldwide

Rockford’s Bill Engberg Orchestra goes worldwide


Rockford’s oldest dance band, the Bill Engberg Orchestra, will be featured on “Midwest Ballroom” on Saturday, Oct. 12. The show will be broadcast in the Chicagoland area over the College of DuPage radio station WDCB 90.9 FM.

Listeners in the Rockford area will be able to hear the show on the Internet at Since the station broadcasts on the Internet, the music of the Bill Engberg Orchestra will be heard around the world.

The show will consist of excerpts from the band’s recent appearance at the Rockford Waterfront Festival held over the Labor Day weekend. There will also be interviews with the band and audience. Host John Russell Ghrist, also of Rockford, will interview bandleader Ken Flodin, about the history of the orchestra. The Bill Engberg Orchestra began in the 1930s and was composed of students from Lincoln Junior High School in Rockford. Flodin will also perform his traditional favorite, “Sam, You Made the Pants Too Long”, on the program. Other popular big band standards will also be played by the band on the program. Harriett Ford will also sing on the show.

“There isn’t much on the radio anymore for seniors to enjoy,” says Ghrist, who is in his 40th year in radio. “I hope that many people in the Chicagoland area and on the Internet will be able to tune in.” Ghrist, who uses just his first two names on the program, is a volunteer at the college station.

“Midwest Ballroom” airs at 5 p.m. on Saturdays on WDCB, which serves the Chicago area. Listeners may contact the program at P.O. Box 1073, Dundee, IL 60118.

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