An Emmy and Telly award winning video storyteller at heart, Steve spent much of his career in TV news... mostly in Miami and Orlando.
An intrepid entrepreneur, Steve started and ran his own broadcasting business in the mountains of North Carolina building a radio station from scratch atop Beech Mountain, growing a station group, and renovating a TV station in Boone... launching and running news operations, station websites, and creative promotions along the way.
Then came an adventure as Marketing Manager at Indiana's historic French Lick Resort. Steve started and ran the video and audio production unit, in the process becoming the face and voice of the resort. His trademark historic storytelling became a major social media attraction online and helped the resort maintain contact with its loyal client base during the height of the pandemic. Steve has made TV appearances and done interviews across the Midwest and MC'd the resort's major events.
Through it all he's been the face and voice of Drum Corps International since 1979. Steve hosted the championship broadcast on PBS for 26 years, then on ESPN, and now anchors two live National Cinemedia shows annually in movie theaters across the country. His love of marching music has made him a popular stadium announcer at band and drum corps shows across the country.
Steve earned his Master of Science Degree in Mass Media Arts in December 2020... just 44 years after his BA.
Steve's on-camera cohost for the live five-hour broadcast of the 1980 DCI Championship on PBS was Rita Moreno, (She was great!)
Steve was once kissed onstage by Bill Cosby at the opening of the Orlando Arena. (End of story.)
Favorite interview? Paul McCartney. (Amazing how many people wanted to help.)
Best lunch ever? With Ronald Reagan in the East Room of the White House. (Ask about the Mars story.)
Reporting passion: Covering all things space from the advent of the shuttle program. (If I couldn't be an astronaut...)
Best day on-air? The space shuttle Discovery's return to flight post-Challenger when we were joined live by astronaut icons John Glenn and Wally Schirra. (Thanks to a fortuitous run to the bathroom.)
Most fascinating foreign assignment? Beirut, Lebanon on the heels of the first mass suicide bombing, which targeted our US troops. (I learned a lot.)
Best encounter: When I thought baseball legend Ted Williams was going to chew me out and instead said, "Well God$%^&*(, I've been wanting to meet you." Likewise, Ted. (It got even better from there thanks to Curt Gowdy.)
... oh, I have stories.