A new radio show called The Polish American Program, will debut on WEBR 1440 AM on Saturday, July 11 at 11 a.m. The program’s host will be Andy Gołębiowski. The show will feature a wide variety of music from Poland, introduced in English, from 11-Noon every Saturday.
The radio program’s mission is to serve anyone in the Polish community regardless of when they or their ancestors arrived in the United States. Gołębiowski explained what motivated him to create the program by saying, “Polish-Americans of all ages are hungry for knowledge about their heritage, and also curious about the Poland of yesterday and today. They want to know how to find the village their grandmother came from, how to learn Polish, and also to hear what type of music people in Poland listen to these days.
The show will do that through through music and engaging information.” The program also aims to serve natives of Poland living locally, and worldwide.
The music presented will range from folk to classical, from something as unique as pre-war Polish jazz, to patriotic, and religious music, to modern pop, in Polish, and in English.
Born in Buffalo to immigrant parents, Andy Gołębiowski has worked in television and radio for many years. He prepared and presented the news in Polish for Stan Jasinski, and has worked as a Photojournalist for WGRZ-TV, Editor for Daybreak TV Productions, and Producer for WNED-TV.
The local PBS station recently invited him to produce a short film about Polish WWII survivors who settled in Buffalo after the war. Gołębiowski is also a professional Polish translator and interpreter. His mom Helena was Principal of and taught at the Polish Saturday School in Buffalo, for many years.
In addition to hearing it on WEBR 1440 AM in WNY and southern Ontario, listeners can hear the program online anywhere in the world, at WEBR1440.com through a cellphone, computer, tablet, or on an Alexa.
New ownership at 1440 AM has changed the station’s call letters from WJJL to WEBR and unveiled a new Monday-Friday format called The Great American Songbook. Weekends will be dedicated to community programming.
WEBR featured Polish programs in the early 1930s sponsored by various Polish-owned businesses, among them the Podeszwa i Kordula comedy show sponsored by Kolipinski Furniture, a show which the Fr. Justin Rosary Hour grew out of. Beginning July 11, The Rosary Hour will air in Polish, before Gołębiowski’s program, at 10:30 a.m. every Saturday. A replay of the Polish American Program will be broadcast every Sunday at 6 p.m.
For more information about the new program, contact Andy Gołębiowski at 716-510-7562.