Stephen Soboroff

2017 - Iowa Rock 'n Roll Music Association Lifetime Achievement Award

Stephen Soboroff began his prodigious radio career in 1965 at the age of 15. He worked part-time at various stations in Iowa until 1969 when he acquired his show at KSTT in Davenport as Steve "Ain't No Other Brother" Bridges.  Steve stayed at KSTT until June 1972 when he moved to KXEL AM & FM in Waterloo to take on the duties of Program Director. Steve converted KXEL-FM into a Top 40 station. He then moved on to become the Operations Manager at KLEU-AM which signed on in Waterloo in 1973 but was later sold in the same year.

 

In June of 1973, Steve became Program Director at KWPC-AM and KFMH-FM in Muscatine. Steve changed KWPC to a country format and moved KFMH to a progressive rock format. Also, in the early 80's Steve worked weekends at KJJY in Des Moines.  In 1982 Steve was named one of the ten best small market radio personalities of the year by the Hard Report.  In January of 1990, Steve purchased minority ownership of KFMH aka 99plus. That same year, Steve shared a cover story with Howard Stern in Broadcasting magazine. In March of 1994, KFMH was sold, and Steve (by then known as Captain Steve) purchased KCJJ-AM in Iowa City. Steve took KCJJ from the bottom of the market to the top of the market in a matter of a few short years.  In March of 2013 after being off the air for 19 years, Steve revived KFMH as an internet-only radio station - 99pluskfmh.com - with original deejays.

 

Steve has worked tirelessly over the years to raise money for various community causes. For twenty years, Steve raised money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association and helped conduct Telethons for MDA on WQAD-TV in Moline. For the last twenty years on KCJJ, Steve has helped raise over $500,000 for Table to Table, Iowa's premier food rescue organization.

 

Steve has been married to Janet Johnson Soboroff for 43 years, and they have one son, Dr. Shane D. Soboroff, daughter-in-law Holly Soboroff, and two grandchildren:  Charlotte (11) and Henry (8).

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