Last night, I learned longtime K100 morning host Harvey Steele had passed away at age 60. This morning, his family made the official announcement during the morning show he had co-hosted for the past 17 years (he spent 35 years in Toledo radio).
I only met Harvey a handful of times during my five years in Toledo, always at a Toledo Walleye game; and, as you would expect, he was warm and gracious each and every time. We never talked "shop" about radio. Instead, he always made a point of asking how my son, Cole, was doing. He knew my son had received a liver transplant nearly nine years ago -- the same procedure which had saved his life twenty years ago.
Everyone here at iHeartRadio who knows Harvey speaks fondly of him. That seems to be the type of person he was. And, you certainly can not dispute his involvement in the community, or the success he and co-host Gary Shores enjoyed on the air for so many years.
Thanks to someone's generous gift of life through organ donation, Harvey was able to enjoy an additional twenty years with his family and he repaid that gift through his numerous charitable efforts in Northwest Ohio.
I wanted to write something about Harvey in hopes that you would see what those extra twenty years of life meant to both his family and his community -- that it would show you how important organ donation can be -- and that you would register as an organ donor this week in honor of Harvey Steele. Click here to register as an organ donor with Life Connection of Ohio
Harvey's family and friends are in our thoughts this week. Sincerest condolences from all of of at iHeartRadio.
A fund is being set up in Harvey's memory through the Toledo Community Foundation -- Click Here for More. Donations can be made to the "Harvey J. Steele Memorial Fund" at the time you donate. A memorial of Harvey's life will be held at Walker Funeral Home on Wednesday, January 3, from 12noon to 8pm, the public is welcome to attend.