'Arcadia On The Air' signs off after 53 years

Published On: Dec 29 2012 08:00:42 PM CST   Updated On: Dec 31 2012 11:41:22 AM CST

After more than five decades on air, a daily radio program in our area held its final show on Saturday.

"Arcadia on the Air" broadcast its final show from the Arcadia Area Historical Society Museum.

The 1-hour daily program was started in 1949 by polka band leader Ernie Reck. It's aired on weekdays since then at 12:45 p.m.

The show has featured polka music as well as news, weather and live interviews.

When Reck died in 1996, his assistant Ruth Gappa took over as host of the show. Now in her 70's, Gappa says it's time to call it quits.

But she admits she will miss it a lot.

"Absolutely. I love the music. I love the people. I love the interviews I do. I go out to dances and everybody knows who I am. It's a lot of fun and I'm going to miss is tremendously," said Gappa.

Members of Reck's family attended the final show. His daughter, Sherry Reck-Haines, says it was a fitting farewell.

"I think my parents would be very proud to see this and that comes from the fact that this is a historical building and a church and that it was saved," she said.

"That's like (my parents) Ernie and Nettie Reck. They still live on in this community," said Reck-Haines.