Radio legend Steve Goddard was recently inducted into the Arizona Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame. He’s been at All Classic Hits 95.1 The Oasis for close to two years, where he has two self-syndicated shows: “Goddard’s Gold” and “The 70’s With Steve Goddard” to about 50 affiliates across the nation.
I remember his afternoon show on KZZP-FM back in 1980. It was all the rage!
Steve, time to share:
I am a true “Okie from Muskogee,” as I was born in Muskogee, Okla.
I was raised in the small town of Haskell, where my dad worked for the railroad, my grandfather owned the corner drug store with a soda fountain and mom was at home – a pretty good life. After working at the local grocery store for two years, on the advice of my high school English teacher, I applied for a radio job at the end of my sophomore year. At the young age of 16, I played my first record on the air on June 6, 1968. That was the start of an incredible journey.
After high school, an opportunity was made to me to play football for Tulsa University, but I chose Oklahoma State University where I worked on both campus stations, in addition to WKY in Oklahoma City, and occasionally back at my first radio station. It's a decision I've never regretted and I'm a fierce supporter of the Cowboys...in the stands.
After receiving my B.S. in Radio-Television from OSU I spent three years in Dallas at WFAA and in 1977 was hired by Kevin Metheny and Lee Bartell to do mornings in San Diego at KMJC. Upon “besting” the competition at rival KCBQ in the first ratings book, I was hired for the afternoon drive shift and began what would be considered “early voice tracking” for Rick and Bill Phalen.
During the early ‘80s I hosted one of the Valley's first music video shows on Channel 3 called “Wavelength” for 13 weeks.
My love of music is far reaching, with my collection various rock and roll memorabilia, my music room with 30 guitars hung on the wall, (yes I play them) and a specially designed archive room that houses about 50,000 vinyl records and over 15,000 compact discs. I’m lucky, blessed, and honored to be able to provide for my family for almost a half century doing something I love.
I’ve has been married to Janey for 16 years. She and my 9-year old granddaughter not only keep me grounded, they've opened up my world in a way I could have never imagined.
God has been good to this kid from a town of 2,000.