Steve Brown

2007 - Matousek Lifetime Achievement Award

Steve Brown grew up in a musical family in Des Moines, his mother was an accomplished Pianist and Organist. However, her musical skills did not rub off on him. He became interested in communications and electronics as an early teen.

In 1964, he was offered the opportunity to become involved in producing and hosting a weekly television show on WHO-TV, sponsored by Junior Achievement with advisors from WHO Radio and Television. He and the other high school students in the “company” located bands to perform and interesting people to interview from throughout central Iowa. They also were responsible for selling advertising and writing copy for the commercials in the show.

During his senior year at North High School he also worked at KDMI FM, which was then owned by Dick Vance. He had been accepted at Brown Institute of Broadcasting in Minneapolis. A few weeks after his graduation from North High School in 1965 the Vietnam conflict altered his plans, as it did for many others.

He enlisted in the Navy and was assigned to a Communications Intelligence unit in the Philippines and served on several ships off the coast of Viet Nam and Korea. While in the Philippines he was able to spend spare time broadcasting on Armed Forces Radio and also produced shows for the Enlisted Men’s Club, booking popular Philippine bands out of Olongapo City and Manila to come to the remote base to perform. The shows were a huge success, enabling service men and their families to see the entertainment that was so popular with the fleet personnel on liberty, in a much safer environment.  After returning to the United States he found times had changed and responsibilities of family life required him to rethink his plans and choose another career path.

In 1998 he was getting involved in website development as a hobby and heard about the Iowa RockNRoll Music Association. He approached them and offered to put them on the Internet with In 2000 he was elected to their Board of Directors and in 2006 elected to the position of Vice President of Finance/Legal.

During his time on the IRRMA Board he produced shows in Waterloo and Cedar Rapids, and assisted with many other throughout the state, raising over $18000.00 for the Association. He has been involved with the membership committee, events committee and nominations committee while still maintaining the web site. In 2006 he coordinated the re-design of by a professional developer and implemented the transition to a “state of the art” web site, taking the association into the 21st century in the “cyber world”.

Presenting him with the Danny Matousek Lifetime Achievement Award, inducting him into the IRRMA Hall of Fame is due to his dedication to the promotion of music and musicians. His hundreds of hours of volunteer work for the mission of IRRMA and tireless efforts to help it grow into the successful organization it is today have earned him designation as a Lifetime Achievement winner.

The Iowa Rock 'n Roll Music Association Hall of Fame & Museum exists to preserve the legacy of rock and roll music in Iowa by honoring achievements, educating youth and inspiring artists. Established in 1997, we are a501(c)(3) non-profit statewide organization with many areas of service.

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