Steve Palec, the host of WKLH's "Rock and Roll Roots" wrote a letter to every radio station in town when he was a sophomore in high school. He offered to sweep floors.
Two responses came back, including one janitor position. Steve took the other: the opportunity to hang out at WUWM.
After that, he worked at WAUK, then WQFM, then WZUU, then back to WQFM ... and finally worked afternoons at WKLH for a little while.
"I gave up Eddie Money to earn money in 1986," says Steve, who eventually entered the world of commercial real estate.
"But 23 years ago WKLH offered me the chance to wake up early every Sunday morning," he says. "I mean every Sunday morning. I mean like 5:30 am. I mean no matter what I did on Saturday night. Live every Sunday morning. I love it."
|Living - August 23, 2019|
|A fast food lover's tips to healthy living|
|I've had a lot of people ask me lately why I'm not fat, so feel free to use these tips, tricks and philosophies that keep me healthy and skinny despite myself.|
|Living - March 26, 2019|
|Looking back at a decade in Milwaukee|
|It's been an amazing 10 years. Look me up when you visit and I, plus a few hundred thousand other friendly Milwaukeeans, will enthusiastically make sure you enjoy what we don't take for granted.|
|Sports - February 2, 2019|
|Super Bowl halftime shows, ranked|
|Before the Los Angeles Rams and the New England Patriots take the field Sunday and Maroon 5 provides the intermission entertainment, let's look back and rank all of the Super Bowl halftime shows.|
|Sports - January 27, 2019|
|My day as Bob Uecker's teammate|
|The legendary Bob Uecker turned 85 years old on Saturday. We were teammates once. Yes, THAT Bob Uecker. The fact is I'll never forget that day in 1979, much less the time in the 21st century I actually talked to Ueck.|
|Living - December 17, 2018|
|What's your favorite day of each month?|
|Within the course of three hours, I had three different people talk to me about the remaining two weeks of the year, each offering different opinions about the mood. It got me thinking about my favorite day of each month.|
|Buzz - November 27, 2018|
|A glass half-full or half-empty?|
|We all know the glass half-full versus half-empty analogy. But is it always consistent? Let's test the theory with the Brewers, the recent medical marijuana referendum and the state of Downtown Milwaukee.|
|Living - October 19, 2018|
|Feeling old: Is there an app for that?|
|I always try to stay open minded and young at heart. There is one thing, however, about life in 2018 that does have me questioning my full participation in it: the insistence of every company to direct you to their app.|
|Festival Guide - July 10, 2018|
|12 new State Fair foods Steve Palec can't wait to try|
|The Wisconsin State Fair is Aug. 2-12, and while that means entertainment, jobs, rides, competition, animals and various other aspects of summer, to me, it means FOOD. Here's some thoughts on the new choices this year, announced this week.|
|Buzz - May 7, 2018|
|Remembering local radio mainstay John Rausch, a friend and a fighter|
|I'm not sure this is the right word, but it was "poetic" that I heard about John' Rausch's passing on a Sunday morning while I was on the air. I don't know that the words I used did him justice, but I knew that he would have wanted me to play some Little Feat.|
|Music - October 3, 2017|
|Remembering Tom Petty: Honest, humble and anything but average|
|I've heard more than a few people refer to Tom Petty, who died Monday evening of cardiac arrest, as a "regular guy." I believe Tom Petty was humble and honest. But the rock and roll legend certainly wasn't regular.|
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