Richie Tokarz (1949-2014)

Richie Push Richie Tokarz (1949 2014)We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of Richie Tokarz. He passed away on April 22nd at 12:15pm Chicago Time from complications of Type 1 Diabetes. He was 65 years old.

A native of Whiting, IN, Richie performed with a number of bands over the years, including the Pala Brothers, Marion Lush, Eddie Blazonczyk & The Versatones, and most recently Lenny Gomulka & The Chicago Push.  He recorded on numerous albums and was a composer of songs such as “Stella At The Wheel” & “Wrong Number Polka”. Richie was inducted into the IPA Hall Of Fame in 2000.

On behalf of all of us at the Jammer, we offer the family of Richie Tokarz our deepest condolences.
At the request of the family, no funeral services will be held.

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Richie Tokarz performing trumpet with Marion Lush in the early 1970′s. Photo courtesy of Steve Litwin.

Honors & Awards for PJN IJs

Congratulations to the following PJN IJs for the honors bestowed upon them:

By The Polka America Corporation (PAC), as they announced their awards for 2014:

pacelogonew Honors & Awards for PJN IJsTodd Zaganiacz, recipient of the Frankie Award, which recognizes outstanding contributions and service to polka music in the name of Frankie Yankovic. The Frankie Award is a national service award given to those individuals whose efforts have been instrumental in sustaining the polka genre.

and to

Billy Belina and Todd Zaganiacz for being awarded
for their work done on the Ray Henry “Ballroom Polka” from the original DANA COLLECTION

To see a full listing of all award winners, please click on this link:


saratogabridgeslogo1 Honors & Awards for PJN IJsBy the Saratoga Bridges, one of the largest non-profit organizations in Saratoga County, New York, which has been providing services and programs to people with developmental disabilities and their families for more than 55 years by promoting their abilities and achievements, a Certificate of Congratulations to:

Chris Valcik and Gerry Rymanowski for their Red Hot Polkas show being awarded the Favorite Polka Show at The 25th Annual Polka Benefit Dance held on Sunday, April 13, in Saratoga, New York.

Peter J. Danielczuk to Receive USPA Lifetime Achievement Award!

PeterJDanielczukmenu Peter J. Danielczuk to Receive USPA Lifetime Achievement Award!We are pleased to announce that our very own Peter J. Danielczuk, a co-founder of the Polka Jammer Network, will be receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award by the United States Polka Association. (USPA)

Our very own Joni Zychowski Minehart will present Peter with his award at the USPA Convention in Strongsville, OH on Saturday, May 24th.

Congratulations to Peter J. Danielczuk on this achievement!

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