Steve Mathews

2016 - Disc Jockey

Steve began his rock and roll career in seventh grade when he joined a band with five of his friends that became known as Con Brio. The band won the 1979 Battle of the Bands at Teen Town during the Iowa State Fair. They played everything from the Top 40 hits of the day to R&B to folk protest rock music to unknown tracks. Steve traveled all over Iowa and believes it was a great way to grow up.

Like so many Baby Boomers, Mathews was raised on KIOA Radio. In 1969 he was drafted to the world of Top 40 Radio, at only 16 years old, working at KBAB in Indianola. In 1973 Steve officially became a KIOA alum at the age of 19. He worked along with such greats as Davis and Monaco, Ron Phillips, Mike Welch, Bruce Allen and Stan Warren.

Along with on-air duties, Steve learned how to write and produce promos and commercials. He spent time as Music Director and finally, in 1985, he became Program Director which took him back to his roots on 940 AM, an oldies station. Steve had so much fun at his job working with Dic Youngs, Lee Githens, Jay Weiss and Scott Kaye.

Steve worked with Chuck Berry, The Temptations, Bobby Vee, Styx, The Doobie Brothers, Johnny Rivers, Leslie Gore, Peter Noone, The Monkeys and more during his time at KIOA. Local artists he worked with include The Rumbles, Mason Proffit, Crow, Captain Beefheart and the Shipwrecks, The Flippers, The Echos V, and others.

Steve left KIOA in 1990 to start The Radio Garage. Today he is still running The Radio Garage, working with clients all across the country. Steve also plays drums in a rock and roll band called Get OFF My Lawn.

Steve often quotes Oliver Wendell Holmes, “Men do not quit playing because they grow old, they grow old because they quit playing.” Also he credits Bob Hope, “Thanks for the memories.”

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