The Grenadiers

The Grenadiers was a long time WTMJ variety program featuring Heine and His Grenadiers. Bob Heiss was the announcer and later host from 1939 to about 1950.

A bet between Bob and the Grenadiers on the day of the opening game of baseball season in about 1948 resulted in Bob Heiss losing his mustache in front of a live studio audience.



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Content courtesy Bob Lazar, grandson of Bob Heiss.







  1. Darrel Whiting

    Just searching for some music from this band, my Uncle Harold Stark played the trumbone for them for years, we went to the studio to see him once while visiting Milwaukee. Harold was called Droopy Stark as his eyelids drooped a bit, they lived in Wauwatosa and we lived in Little Suamico and DePere Wis. Guess there aren’t any web sites that would play their music?

  2. Arthur Schmidt

    I remember listening to that band, when I was a kid, living in central Wisconsin. I enjoyed the band, all marching band music as well. Then came Frankie Yankovic, I heard on a radio station, while visiting relatives in Milwaukee. ( a few “good ole Days )

  3. Harvey Nowland

    We lived on Holton Street and it was just a nice walk to the WTMJ radio station next to the bridge that crosses the Milwaukee River on Capitol Drive. What great memories of my mother taking me to the theater at the WTMJ station to hear Heine and His Grenadiers. It was pre-WWII and I suppose that I thought it was a big deal to be one of the “Million Friends” of Heine’s Band. Was it simply a coincidence — or part of a greater plan — that Heine and His Grenadiers began playing their great music at WTMJ in 1932, the year I was born? Just asking.

  4. Patricia Nefstead

    My cousin Carol took me to the WTMJtv. studio to see the Grenadier‘s I was like 4 or 5 yrs old..I am 77 now

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