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John Stanky and His Family on WVIA's State of Pennsylvania
(2004-12-27)
(wvia) - John Stanky and His Family on WVIA's State of Pennsylvania

John "Stanky" Stankovic of Nanticoke, Pennsylvania, has been entertaining people of all ages with his polka magic for almost 60 years. In 1945, at the age of nine, Stanky and some friends landed a job playing polka music at a three-day wedding in Nanticoke. From that beginning, Stanky and the Coal Miners, as he and his band are known now, have gone on to play all over the world with scores of famous people. He has recorded twenty-six albums.

In 1988, Stanky and the Coal Miners played to a crowd of a million people in Tiananmen Square in Beijing, China.

Stanky and Dottie also host and produce the popular "Pennsylvania Polka" program on WVIA, Northeastern Pennsylvania's public television station. The show has aired for over two decades, allowing him to reach a wider audience of fans. While Stanky travels the world, he always remembers the region he calls home and the people who love his music. When he is in Northeastern Pennsylvania, Stanky also devotes one or two days a week to playing concerts at local rest homes.

While the membership of the Coal Miners has changed many times over the years, Stanky's own family now forms the core of the band, including his wife, Dottie and his daughters and granddaughters. They'll join host, Bill Kelly, on a very special State of Pennsylvania, Thursday, January 6, at 7:00pm on WVIA TV.

Call 1-800-326-9842 with your questions and comments on the next State of Pennsylvania, Thursday, January 6, at 7:00pm. The show will be repeated Monday, January 10 at 6:30am. Calls will not be taken during the rebroadcast.

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