Steve Somers

steve somers1 Steve SomersSteve Somers, a.k.a., “The Schmoozer”, is truly a “FAN original”, having been an on air fixture on WFAN since the station debuted on July 1 1987.

Steve’s path to sports talk radio WFAN began in the bay area where he was born. Even before graduating high school, Steve was working at KYA radio in San Francisco delivering on air high school sports reports.

Steve graduated from the University of California at Berkeley in 1969 and began hosting a news talk show on KNEW in San Francisco long before the talk radio format became popular. In fact, Time Magazine ran a story naming Steve the youngest talk show host in the country at that period of time.

Television beckoned and Steve joined CBS affiliate KPIX-TV as a weekend sports anchor in 1970, where he won a San Francisco Press Club Award. Steve then moved on to KOVR-TV in Sacramento as the full time on air sports anchor as well as serving as Sports Director.

Next up for Steve was ABC-TV affiliate WXIA in Atlanta as Sports Director. While in Atlanta, he won a local Emmy for a half hour documentary on Ted Turner’s victory in the 1977 America’s Cup.

Steve headed back west to Los Angeles’ KNBC-TV in 1979. While serving as both a television sports reporter during the week and a sports anchor on the weekend, Steve also ventured back in to radio, hosting his own sports talk show on KMPC.

Steve has become a popular fixture on WFAN and has been the recipient of lots of press coverage and critical acclaim. In the 90’s, Steve was featured as part of a story on Late Night New York on the Television news program 48 Hours. He has also been profiled on MTV News and was named on of New York’s “77 Essential New Yorkers” by Time Out New York.

Regular listeners and some time callers to the Steve Somers program include Charles Grodin and Tony Roberts. Steve celebrated his 25th year at WFAN with frequent guest Jerry Seinfeld joining him on the air.

Steve was also highlighted in the oral history of WFAN’s first 25 years by Bill Simmons and was featured on the front page of the NY Times sports section.

A die-hard Rangers and Mets fan, Steve currently resides in Manhattan.