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Long-time German-”American Hour” host to retire; new hosts named

Toledo - Peter Petersen, long-time host of Toledo’s German-American Hour radio show, has elected to retire after a 33 year career.  His last program will be Sunday, August 27.  During that time, he has served as the “Voice of the German-American Festival” and his voice could be heard on radio commercials advertising the Festival with the tag line “Bring a Guest and come to the Fest!”

Carrying on Pete’s tradition will be Jack Renz and Tim Pecsenye.  Both Renz and Pecsenye are active in the Toledo German-American Community and beyond. 

Renz, a school principal, dances with the Holzhacker Buam Schuhplattler Bavarian dancers and can be seen on the Glockenspiel at the annual German-American Festival.  He also serves as chairman of the Festival marketing committee a member of the GBU and Toledo Schwaben Verein. 

Pecsenye serves as the Chairman of the German-American Festival, President of the Teutonia Männerchor, Toledo’s oldest continuing performance arts organization and is also a member of the GBU.  He has served as National President of the Nord-Amerikanischer Sängerbund (North American Singers’ Association) and it’s Central-Ohio Singers’ District.  Both are organizations made up of German choruses.  Both of the hosts are Trustees of the G.A.F. Society.

Both hosts share a commitment to continuing the radio program and expanding its listenership. Petersen approached the two future hosts because he saw in them a passion for the German community and the need to carry on a long tradition carried on by the late Heinz Kretchmer in the 50s, who took over from an announcer who would drive from Detroit and began the program in the 40s!  Pete wanted the German community to continue to have an hour of German music and information.  

“It is an honor to carry on a tradition like the German-American Hour,” said Renz.  He continued, “As hosts we want to continue to provide the music the show’s listeners are accustomed to hearing, and encourage younger members of our community to listen by playing many of the more recent Oktoberfest and Karneval hits being played today on German and Austrian radio.”

The German-American Hour includes all genres of German music from previous times to today’s hits!  Announcements of events in the German and Swiss community are aired.  The show can be heard each Sunday, between 9:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. on WCWA-AM 1230.  It is also streamed over the Internet at www.1230foxsports.com.

WCWA 1230-AM, North Summit St., Toledo, OH  43604. Contact:

Timothy Pecsenye, Cell: (419) 356-9790, E-mail:

tim629@sbcglobal.net

 

 

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