National Cleveland Style Polka Hall of Fame and Museum
605 East 222nd Street Euclid, OH 44123
Toll Free: 1-800-66POLKA
Polka DJ and promoter Jelse Vos (1961) was born in the north east province of Drenthe
in The Netherlands. As a boy he listened to the music of his father who was always
playing Frankie Yankovic polkas. Since those early years polka music has been a part
of his life. In order to share his love of this music Jelse started his own radio
station so he could play Cleveland-Style polkas. In addition to his radio station,
Jelse has also been responsible for publishing more than 20 polka 45s and cd's –
yes they are still a hit in The Netherlands – as well as several CDs. He has also
organized three polka festivals in the Netherlands with special guests from Cleveland.
For the past 15 years he is a well-known participant in Cleveland at the Thanksgiving
polka weekend. In 2007 Jelse was asked to present the Lifetime Achievement Award
for his deceased friend and polka hero Gaylord Klancnik. Jelse will be remembered
as the “Biggest Dutch Polka Fan” as there are three polkas named in his honor - Jelse’s
Polka (Stan Blout), Jelse’s Polka #2 (Ron Pivovar) and Jelse Pelse Polka (Alex Meixner).