“Big Joe Polka Show” was a radio and television show that featured polka music and dance, hosted by Joseph Siedlik. The show aired on Sundays for more than five decades and at one time was broadcast over 30 radio stations across the United States. The TV show featured polka festivals, where Siedlik helped promote various polka bands.
“Big Joe Polka Show” was one of the first shows to air on the RFD-TV network. The show remained with the network until 2011, after contract disputes between the show’s producers and the network happened the year prior. As of 2015 the show returned to the network in the form of reruns called, “Big Joe Polka Classics.”
From 1956 to 1958, Siedlik served in the U.S. Army, and he later became a chef. Siedlik also owned a nursery that sponsored a polka radio show in Omaha, Nebraska. After selling his business, he moved to Columbus, Nebraska, and his career with polka music began to grow. Siedlik later produced polka albums and used polka music to hold numerous fundraisers for those in need. In early 2015, Siedlik passed away at the age of 80; according to his daughter he died from an aggressive form of cancer.