Toledo - Peter Petersen, long-time host of Toledo’s German-American
Hour radio show, has elected to retire after a 33 year career. His last
program will be Sunday, August 27. During that time, he has served as the
“Voice of the German-American Festival” and his voice could be heard on
radio commercials advertising the Festival with the tag line “Bring a Guest
and come to the Fest!”
Carrying on Pete’s tradition will be Jack Renz and Tim Pecsenye. Both Renz
and Pecsenye are active in the Toledo German-American Community and beyond.
Renz, a school principal, dances with the Holzhacker Buam Schuhplattler
Bavarian dancers and can be seen on the Glockenspiel at the annual
German-American Festival. He also serves as chairman of the Festival
marketing committee a member of the GBU and Toledo Schwaben Verein.
Pecsenye serves as the Chairman of the German-American Festival, President
of the Teutonia Männerchor, Toledo’s oldest continuing performance arts
organization and is also a member of the GBU. He has served as National
President of the Nord-Amerikanischer Sängerbund (North American Singers’
Association) and it’s Central-Ohio Singers’ District. Both are
organizations made up of German choruses. Both of the hosts are Trustees of
the G.A.F. Society.
Both hosts share a commitment to continuing the radio program and expanding
its listenership. Petersen approached the two future hosts because he saw in
them a passion for the German community and the need to carry on a long
tradition carried on by the late Heinz Kretchmer in the 50s, who took over
from an announcer who would drive from Detroit and began the program in the
40s! Pete wanted the German community to continue to have an hour of German
music and information.
“It is an honor to carry on a tradition like the German-American Hour,” said
Renz. He continued, “As hosts we want to continue to provide the music the
show’s listeners are accustomed to hearing, and encourage younger members of
our community to listen by playing many of the more recent Oktoberfest and
Karneval hits being played today on German and Austrian radio.”
The German-American Hour includes all genres of German music from previous
times to today’s hits! Announcements of events in the German and Swiss
community are aired. The show can be heard each Sunday, between 9:00 a.m.
and 10:00 a.m. on WCWA-AM 1230. It is also streamed over the Internet at
WCWA 1230-AM, North Summit St., Toledo, OH 43604. Contact:
Timothy Pecsenye, Cell: (419) 356-9790, E-mail: