Born in Welch, West Virginia in 1957, Steve Harvey was already a successful stand-up comedian and star of the television series Showtime at the Apollo when he began his radio career in 1996 as a morning host on WGCI/Chicago, with a show he lovingly referred to as “Club ThrowDown.”
Harvey’s simultaneous success at WGCI and in Hollywood—where he became the star of the situation comedy The Steve Harvey Show—led him to move the morning show to KKBT/Los Angeles in 2000, where it quickly became the city’s top-rated radio show. During his five successful years at KKBT, the show was syndicated to KBFB/Dallas, and was widely praised for its tireless efforts to benefit the community.
In the fall of 2005, The Steve Harvey Morning Show moved to WBLS/New York. Later that year, Premiere Networks began syndicating the show, which is heard on over ninety stations nationwide, offering a mixture of music, interviews, inspirational advice, news, community outreach, comedic observations from Harvey and his cast—including Shirley Strawberry, Carla Ferrell, Thomas “Nephew Tommy” Miles and Junior —and the popular “Strawberry Letter” segment, in which listener questions lead to discussions of life issues ranging from the personal to the spiritual.
Steve Harvey was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 2016.