German Radio Klub/Hour

The German Radio Hour was founded by Kurt Kuenzel and his wife, Elva Marie Kuenzel, in 1946.  The club was very active and very influential in the German community. 

An ad in the mid-70s show that the radio program aired every Sunday morning from 9:00-10:00 am on WBMD (750) and from 11:00am to noon on WFMM-FM (93.1).

The Radio Club took annual trips.  We know in 1970 they travelled to Germany (the cost to club members of the roundtrip airfare was $210 and in June 1971 they travelled to Germany (Airfare $321.) In June 1973 they went to Hawaii (total trip costs including airfare $700).

Almost every year from their 20th Anniversary on, they received pretty good publicity and coverage from the Washington Journal, the Baltimore Correspondent and The Sun. 

The Officers at their 25th Anniversary (held at the Eichenkrantz Hall on March 30th , 1971)

Kurt Kuenzel, President
Karl Schultz, Vice President
Elva Kuenzel, Treasuer
Ilse Kluge, Secretary
Board of Directors:
Lynn Clavey
Carl Grimmer
Willy Kluge
Sherman Dahlgreen
William Tannenbush
Joseph Opelensky

Social Director:  Betty Dahlgreen
Auditor:  Edward Clancey

They held their 31st Anniversary dinner on Saturday April 2, 1977 at the Overlea Hall on Belair Road.  The music was provided by the Happy Wanderers and the admission was $16.50.

It appears that Kurt Kuenzel remained the President of the group for their many years in existence.  He was active in many of the German clubs in the area and served as an officer in many.  His profile is in the Business section of the Profile Section on this website. 

The newspaper articles, the Club minutes and correspondence -Courtesy of Kluge/Kuenzel/Brooke Family.

 Washington Journal
 March 21, 1980    
 75th Birthday Celebration Ilse Kluge- GRH


Washington Journal

June 6, 1980

Obituary Kurt Kuenzel



Baltimore Correspondent

November 2, 1958

Silver Wedding Anniversary Kurt Künzel




October 7, 1963 to January 23, 1976

Minutes from the meetings of the German Radio Hour



Washington Journal

April 16, 1971

German Radio Hour 25th Anniversary



Baltimore Correspondent

December 6, 1975

Photo-GRH holds Fall Dance 11.22.1975



Letter from Dept. of Comptroller

April 25, 1971

Poem by then Comptroller Hymen Pressman

Marking the 25th Anniversary of German Radio Hour








1-19-1965 to 2-24-1980



Washington Journal

April 15, 1977

Photos from celebration of 31st Anniversary



Baltimore Correspondent


Trip leaving for Frankfurt Germany

Photo of Group leaving on Lufthansa-119 passengers from the Deutsches Rundfunk Club (German Broadcasting Club)


Washington Journal

February, 1978

32nd Anniversary German Radio Hour

Sweetheart Dance at Libertini’s


Baltimore Correspondent

April 17, 1976

30TH Anniversary of German Radio Hour


 50     Washington Journal
 1979 Kuenzel Celebrates 50th Anniversary of Arrival in the US
Unknown-found in a letter    
German Radio Club Crabfeast