The sound tracks are now complete for Season 8 of PolkaRama and as soon as the folks at Access are finished editing, we will be looking at an early fall launch. Meanwhile, catch Brian Sklar, host of Polka Power on CJTR 91.3 FM, Regina's Community Radio, Mondays from 7 to 9 pm.
In 2002, the Western Senators decided to shoot 12 half-hour television shows with Canada's Polka King, three-time Grammy winner Walter Ostanek. The show was to be shot live at Casino Regina and broadcast on the Access system throughout Saskatchewan. One of the group's members, Joe Schultz, had been part of the group The Canadian Polka Kings in the late fifties and early sixties. The group had performed live on television and radio weekly and the shows had a large and enthusiastic audience. So the Senators thought it might be time for a revival of live dancehall broadcasts...this time performed live but recorded to allow for multiple replays.
The first PolkaRama show aired on New Year's Eve, 2002 and was an instant success. Now in its 11th year, it continues to be a fan favourite in an ever-growing number of markets.
In addition to Ostanek and Saskatchewan's Grammy nominated Western Senators, PolkaRama has featured guest performers Eddie Rodick and his band from Cleveland, banjo wizard Ronnie Sluga, who worked with Frankie Yankovic for nearly 30 years, and Klancnik and Friends from Nashville. Brian Sklar's country band, the Tex Pistols also make guest appearances every week on PolkaRama. DVDs of the show are available by mail order though this site or by calling 306-545-1865.
"The Western Senators are favorites at Norsk Høstfest. Their performances are always jam packed."
- Pamela Alme Davy, Executive Director, Norsk Høstfest
"The Western Senators are top draw at Danceland. They always fill the house and New Year's Eve wouldn't be the same without the Senators."
- Arnie & Millie Streuby, Owners, Danceland Manitou Beach
“Ein prosit!! The Western Senators were a smash hit at last year’s Whitefish Oktoberfest, and we can’t wait to get them back here this October! Oom pah, polka, western swing and rock … they do it all!”
- Kevin Gartland, Executive Director, Whitefish Chamber of Commerce