The blues is where it all began for Steve on KVMR and he continues to share his passion and enthusiasm for the music with listeners over 12 years later.
Steve traces his love for African-American music back to his West Tennessee childhood, where he spent hours listening to the soul and R&B coming out of Nashville and nearby Memphis on his transistor radio. Big names such as James Brown and His Fabulous Flames and the Ike and Tina Turner Review played often in Steve's hometown of Jackson and sparked an early interest.
Steve credits his parents, both teachers in the public school system, for influencing his appreciation for social and cultural diversity. After graduating from the University of Memphis he moved to Tucson, where he met his wife Mindy. They lived in Chicago for nearly 15 years, where Steve's love of blues was nurtured at neighborhood clubs. Moving to Sacramento in 1996, it wasn't long before Steve discovered KVMR. At a New Years event he was encouraged to take the broadcaster class and within the year he became a broadcaster.
While at first cutting his radio teeth primarily on blues shows, Steve went on to host many programs ranging from reggae to classical. He served as producer of both regular and special programs on KVMR, and in 1999 created "New Soul Revival" to celebrate contemporary soul, funk and R&B music, hosting the weekly show with partner Mickey Traina for two years.
Steve has written liner notes for recordings by Mary Taylor, Denise LaSalle, Priscilla Price, Roy Roberts and Destini Rawls, as well as articles published in Blues & Rhythm magazine, Because People Matter and The Observer newspapers and on artist websites. He plans to continue expanding his writing career within the music industry.