Polka Parade Duties
- Polka Parade President
- DJ for the Cafe Slovenia
- DJ for the International Carousel
Don Hunjadi, like the rest of the Polka Parade staff, grew up with polka music. Don often watched his father play drums with various Milwaukee-area polka bands as a child.
When Don was just 15 years old, he began playing bass guitar with the Joey Klass Band. In 1982, at the age of 19, Don opened his own recording studio. HG Studio quickly became a standard setting example for the industry to follow. Don has lent his extraordinary talents as a recording engineer to thousands of recordings of all musical styles over the past nearly 30 years. Don has engineered many recordings that have won critical acclaim from the Wisconsin Area Music Industry Awards (WAMI), including many from Wisconsin Polka Hall of Fame Lifetime Achievement award winner Verne Meisner
Shortly after opening HG Studio, Don became involved with polka radio. Together with Rick Gundrum, he hosted "Blue Chip Polkas" on WYMS, a Milwaukee area Public Schools radio station, for many years. During the later half of the 1980s and throughout the 1990's, Don also hosted "Polka Funtime" every Sunday morning on WAUK radio out of Waukesha, Wisconsin, where he also held the mid-day on-air slot for several years playing clasic country music on 1510 AM. Now with over 28 years of radio experience, Don Hunjadi has become one of the longest-running polka radio show hosts in the state. With the advent of the Internet, Don's quick wit and up-beat style shows are now heard by polka lovers from across the United States and throughout the world.
With hundreds of polka music releases to Don Hunjadi and HG Studio's credit, it is hard to thumb through a stack of polka recordings and not find some that Don has either played on, recorded in his studio, or both. Don's polka music plans for the future are simple: Continue to deliver polka radio shows and record polka music in the recording studio for the public's consumption and enjoyment! For more information about Don Hunjadi and HG Studio, take a look at his story and history right here.