(Good friends: Mike Stradford, Maxx Myrick, Steve Harris)
RFFocus is sad to announce the passing of industry vet Steve Harris. He had been ill for quite some time according to sources and passed away yesterday. Harris programmed many Urban ACs and was the Director of Urban Programming in the 90s and 2000s. He was responsible from launching Tom Joyner, Doug Banks and other urban formats. He was most recently with Radio One in Cincinnati.
He was from Cleveland, attended Hampton Univ. and worked on the air at WDAO, WBMX, and WGCI before becoming Program Director at Love 94 in Houston and WCIN in Cincinnati. He later became VP of Programming at ABC Radio Networks and launched the Tom Joyner Morning Show and the Doug Banks Show. He was a VP of Programming at XM Satellite Radio and helped launch the network . Before leaving the industry he was Director of Operations Radio One Cincinnati. He’s the proud father of two sons, a daughter.
Steve’s close friends Mike Stradford and Maxx Myrick stated to RFFocus ….
Mike Stradford: “I met him in the early days during my radio experiences. He was a PD at WDRQ, we developed a friendship and kept in touch over the years. We were good friends for a long time. He had some health challenges over the last couple of years and I was hoping he wold overcome them. Me, Max, Mike Horton James Alexander and Gordon Alderson had plans to see him in early November, we thought we had a little more time. He was a man of deep faith and I’m sure he found some comfort in that. He was back with his family in Cleveland where he got support. He’s one of the best people I’ve even known and I’m glad his suffering is over. For those of us who know and love him, we will continue to suffer the loss. “
Maxx Myrick stated: “Steve was a true professional. An example of how a man should conduct his life. He was man of faith, a great father, friend and mentor to so many of us. I’m so fortunate to have had him as a friend.”
Skip Dillard stated: “Today Radio lost a true programmer, teacher, mentor & friend. Standing just behind me in this photo (about 1994) is Steve Harris. He, along with his then assistant (now BET Guru) Steven Hill, came in from ABC Radio to teach me, a first time PD, how to run a syndicated morning show. With Steve Harris’ patience and encouragement, the Tom Joyner Morning Show took off, hitting the top of the ratings in New Orleans quickly. Steve Harris, THANK YOU! Rest in Peace my fellow radio geek and Hampton University Alum.”
No word on services but we will keep you posted.