Mollie Busta and Ted Lange (her fiancé and fellow Squeezebox band member) will be part of the new TV show “Mollie B. Polka Party” on the RFD-TV network
Mollie Busta and Ted Lange (her fiancé and fellow Squeezebox band member) will be part of the new TV show “Mollie B. Polka Party” on the RFD-TV network
At 8 years old most kids are perfecting their bike riding skills, swimming and playing with friends. But by the time this little girl was 8 she was on stage playing the keyboard in her dad's band.

This little girl whom her mother says "was dancing the polka before she could walk" is Mollie Busta. Her father's band is well known locally (and nationally) - the Jim Busta Band.

All of her musical experiences beginning from this young age on have helped prepare her for her newest adventure - the on-air host of a new weekly polka television show, "Mollie B. Polka Party" on the RFD-TV network.

"I am so proud to now be a part of the RFD-TV team," said Busta. "In many ways, I believe that I have been training for this opportunity nearly all my life. Over the past 10 years, no television channel has done more for polka music than RFD-TV.

"Ted [her fiancé] and I along with the support of polka bands from all corners of this great country, look forward to helping RFD-TV take polka music into its next decade."

'Mollie B. Polka Party'

Taping just wrapped up for the premiere show that will air at 9 p.m. CST on Saturday, July 2, on the RFD-TV cable network. Additional tapings are scheduled for 2011 in the Midwest and Texas. The "Mollie B. Polka Party" will continue to air on Saturday evenings in this same time slot.

"I am so pleased with how our first taping went," commented Busta. "We all had a great time. I'm not the type of host to just stand back and watch from afar, I really enjoyed getting out and dancing with the audience and talking with them, too.

"Part of the show will be short little interviews with the audience and band members. During this taping for one of the interviews I talked to two physical education teachers about how polka dancing is good for your health. It was a lot of fun! It really felt like a party!"

The new polka show is a one-hour program featuring the nation's top polka bands and a wide-variety of ethnic styles produced on location at music festivals from around the country.

Busta will introduce the various bands on cameras as well as interact extensively with the on-site audience. During the first four days of taping in Wahoo, Neb., 24 different bands were recorded. Six high-definition cameras were used for the production making these the first polka broadcasts to be recorded and aired in high definition.

Busta's fiancé, Ted Lange, is the producer of the "Mollie B. Polka Party" show and will work with booking the bands and festivals where they will record the show.

They will also be taping in Michigan at Frankenmuth's Summer Music Festival Aug. 13 to16. They will be recording 12 bands that are already scheduled to perform at the festival.

"Many of these bands have received Grammy nominations," commented Busta when talking about the quality of the bands that will be at this festival.

"If I was going to take someone to hear a polka band for the first time, I would take them to this festival because there are young musicians and instruments like the bass guitar instead of the tuba. It's a great town known as Michigan's Little Bavaria and it really is like a little piece of Germany."

Christmas show also in works

In addition to the "Mollie B. Polka Party," Busta and Lange are working on another special program for the RFD channel - "Mollie B's Christmas Special."

The taping of the Christmas Special will be Sunday, Nov. 13, at 2:30 and 7 p.m. at the RFD Theater in Branson, Mo.

The program will be about one-and-a-half to two hours in length with the intermission. Busta's parents, Jim and Mary Lou, are working on coordinating a bus trip to Branson to attend Mollie's Christmas program plus other Christmas shows in Branson theaters.

Contact Jim or Mary Lou at jbmlb@springgrove.coop or (507) 498-5896 to find out more about the bus trip.

"I'm excited for this Christmas special," remarked Busta. "There will be a lot of traditional Christmas music including some Christmas polkas. I have always enjoyed Christmas and the concerts I have been in and the ones I have directed. To have my own Christmas show in Branson is really a dream come true."

Busy schedule underway

Busta and Lange are both members of the band Squeezebox, based out of Ohio, and perform in about 100 engagements a year. She also continues to play 20 to 30 performances with her father's band.

In addition to recording and playing with both bands and working on the new polka show, Busta also teaches 45 private voice and piano students out of her home. Plus, she is busy planning her wedding for this fall.

She was named "Favorite Female Vocalist" by the United States Polka Association in 2008 and 2009. She has performed in nine countries and in 25 of the United States. Her musical talents can be heard on 18 recordings, 13 of those are considered "polka recordings" with over one-third of the songs being polkas.

Busta will be performing with her father's band, Jim Busta Band, twice during this summer's Music-In-The-Park series in Spring Grove. She, along with Lange, will be guest musicians at the Wednesday, July 6, performance and she will return again on July 27.

"I attribute my personality and view on life to my family, faith and my music," commented Busta. "Polka music always lifts my spirits. There is something about the upbeat tempo that gets you moving.

"If you watch young children, who don't necessarily care what others think about they are doing, listen to polka music, you'll see them just start bouncing and moving to the beat.....they just can't help it! It's infectious!"

Fans and RFD-TV

Busta and RFD-TV invite fans and viewers to contact her with comments and suggestions about the new show. She can be reached at mollieb@rfdtv.com. Polka bands interested in performing on the new show, can contact Lange at ted@squeezeboxband.com.

RFD-TV is the nation's first 24-hour television channel dedicated to serving the needs and interests of rural America with programming focused on rural lifestyle as well as traditional music and entertainment.

It currently is available via DISH Network, DIRECTV, Time Warner, Mediacom, Charter and more than 600 independent rural cable systems.