April 15, 1950: ‘Buffalo’s Polka King’ starts daily radio show

By Steve Cichon
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As the 1950s wore on, Stan “Stas” Jasinski would become known as Buffalo’s Polka King with his daily programs first heard on WWOL and WXRA, and then on powerful WKBW. The platform made him known to the community at large, not just the Polish-American community.

His mix of Polish and English songs and commercials made his shows appealing to the Polish community and the community in general.  Jasinski went on to own WMMJ Radio, before founding Channel 29.

Also mentioned as part of Jasinski’s team was Dan Leslie, whose real name was Dan Lesniak. As the owner of WADV-FM in the 1960s and 1970s, Lesniak provided a home for polka music on Buffalo’s FM dial.

On April 15, 1950, Jasinski started a new Polish language program on WXRA, Kenmore.

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Steve Cichon

Steve Cichon writes about Buffalo’s pop culture history. His stories of Buffalo's past have appeared more than 1600 times in The Buffalo News. He's a proud Buffalonian helping the world experience the city he loves. Since the earliest days of the internet, Cichon's been creating content celebrating the people, places, and ideas that make Buffalo unique and special. The 25-year veteran of Buffalo radio and television has written five books and curates The Buffalo Stories Archives-- hundreds of thousands of books, images, and audio/visual media which tell the stories of who we are in Western New York.