National Cleveland Style Polka Hall of Fame and Museum
605 East 222nd Street Euclid, OH 44123
Toll Free: 1-800-66POLKA
Bill Randle was the top opular music disc jockey in the United States in the 1950s.
He is credited with discovering Elvis Presley and Johnny Ray, among others. He identified
many rising stars and introduced their music to radio audiences. Bill admired polka
music and knew most of the city's Cleveland-Style musicians. He was a good friend
of Al Tercek, and aired Al's "Annabelle Waltz" constantly when it was released. Later,
Bill introduced Avsenik's "Wind Song" on the air and featured it for weeks. He hired
polkas bands to play on his show, "Swap and Shop." He co-hosted a couple of tours
to Slovenia with Tony Petkovsek. He was an expert on popular music, earned six different
college degrees, and was a practicing lawyer. Bill once said, "I want to come back
as a Slovenian."