The Don Romano Tribute Page

        My name is Donald Romano.  I have had a radio show at Elmhurst College's radio station WRSE for about five years.  On my show I play popular music from the first half of the 20th century.  Most of the music I play is from the canon of popular music called the Great American Songbook.  I play rare and unusual recordings from some of the greatest songwriters of all time.  Among my favorite are Irving Berlin, George Gershwin, Richard Rodgers and Hugh Martin.  Among my favorite interpreters I play on my show are Ella Fitzgerald, Blossom Dearie, Jo Stafford, and of course Peggy King.    

        Since becoming friends with Peggy, I have had a number of great stories to add to my show.  We can talk about some of our favorite songs, interpreters, and film stars not even realizing a whole hour had gone by!  I do not know a nicer or more knowledgeable person with such a unique look at the past.  She has an unmatched appreciation for early popular song and a great enthusiasm for all-things musical.  She is truly one of the great interpreters of popular song and a delight to know.    

        I hope you will join me on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. CST to hear Peggy and some other great interpreters of popular song.  Hear the songs and hear the stories behind them here or at"  

WRSE is a college radio station with only limited coverage in the Chicago area.  Don's program can be heard online on Sunday mornings, but you can listen any time to archived episodes of each program on this website.  Click the image at left for links to Don's programs that you can access here.  Programs will be added from time to time as they become available.  Addition 12/16/17
Don has collected a number of articles appearing in the popular press over the years relating to Peggy and her career.  We begin with a short feature that appeared in Time magazine in 1954, which describe's Peggy's discovery by Columbia Records' Mitch Miller upon hearing Peggy sing the Hunt's tomato sauce commercial on radio.  

Click Peggy's image at left to read the Time magazine article, then watch this page or check the Site Map for the latest additions to Don's collection of interesting stories about Peggy reproduced here.  Addition 05/11/13
Among his many interests, Don is a musical historian and archivist. Click the image at left to go to a page of assorted memorabilia from the life and career of Peggy King that Don has collected.  Addition 08/20/13