Northern Illinois Swedish Radio Programming To End

ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) __ A longtime northern Illinois radio broadcast in Swedish is coming to an end.

The Salvation Army Rockford Temple Corps says it’s ending “Temple Toner” next month. For 75 years the half-hour radio program of worship and music has catered to the area’s Swedish diaspora.

The programming airs Sundays on WNTA in Rockford. The final show is June 26.

Salvation Army Major Randy Hellstrom tells The Rockford Register Star that the show has served its purpose and there are fewer people who speak Swedish.

U.S. Census Bureau estimates show about 27,500 Winnebago County residents, or about 9 percent, claim Swedish ancestry. But it’s unclear how many speak Swedish.

The show’s host Marita Sjogren is 66 and was born in Sweden. She says many listeners are no longer around.

Copyright Associated Press

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