In the late 50s there was a talent contest on CHAT Radio sponsored by Pet Instant Milk. This was the house band that accompanied the contestants and was simply called the “Pet Milk Band”, according to Archie Thome’s recollection.L to R …Frank Kochie (fiddle)…Archie Thome (rhythm guitar)….Bob Munday (steel guitar)…Stan Antonuk (lead guitar) ( See The Country Gentlemen, Ed and Gloria van Wert)….Carl Zubot (bass) ( See Joe Boschee, The County Gentlemen). (For more Archie Thome see The Country Gentlemen, Ray and Wayne Spackman)
One of the contestants on the Pet Milk talent contest was a young Elgin Mann who wound up winning the contest in about 1958. The contestants performed live in the CHAT radio studios on First Street ( see the microphone) and would be broadcast live on the radio . See above for the lineup of players.