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Jim Kucharski first started playing polka music in 1987 with the late Joe Walega. Since then, he has performed with many bands over the years, including Gennie O & the Windy City Brass, Stas Golonka, Tony Blazonczyk’s South Side Sounds, CMA, Take Five, The Ampol-Aires, The Good Times, Freeze Dried, & Bill Gula’s Chicago Image.
He caught the radio bug in October of 2000 and began airing a show on 247PolkaHeaven.com until February of 2004. During that time, he was approached by Polkaman Jack Baciewski to take part in a new venture: the Polka Jammer Network. His first show aired in January of 2003. After Polkaman Jack’s departure in 2008, Jim took over all operations of the network and became its President, serving in that capacity from 2008 until 2013. Personal & financial issues resulting from the Great Recession forced Jim to leave the Polka Jammer Network in 2014. He returned in January of 2017.
In October of 2010, Major Mel helped Jim realize a dream of doing a show on FM radio. He started airing a show on WERG 90.5FM in Erie, PA. His show has been heard on WHYP, WWCB, & WHRU-LP. In July of 2015, Jim was asked to do the Polish Hour for the Polka Parade in Milwaukee, WI with the retirement of Jerry Halkoski.
While Jim Kucharski no longer performs polka music on stage, he is involved in the Music Ministry at St. John Fisher Church on the Southwest Side of Chicago, and has been since 2002.
For more information, please visit Jim’s website at: www.polkamadhouse.com