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Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Radio Personality

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black
Favorite Food:
Fried Chicken, Chocolate Cake
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall, Winter
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Paris, France
Favorite Quote:
It Has Its Moments.

Birthplace

Born:
1/6/1942
Birth Location:
New York, New York

Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Radio Personality

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black
Favorite Food:
Fried Chicken, Chocolate Cake
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall, Winter
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Paris, France
Favorite Quote:
It Has Its Moments.

Birthplace

Born:
1/6/1942
Birth Location:
New York
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Biography

Chicago radio personality Richard Steele was born Richard Slaughter on January 6, 1942 in Brooklyn, New York. Raised by his parents, Charles and Sylvia Slaughter, on Chicago’s south side, Steele attended Douglas and Ruggles Elementary Schools and then Parker High School. Graduating from Hirsch High School in 1960, he later attended Loop College.

From 1960 to 1964, Steele served in the United States Air Force in Orlando, Florida. Attending the New York School of Announcing and Speech in 1964, Steele worked in a part time job at WHIB-AM in 1967. A year later, he took his first full time job in radio as the program director and an on air personality at WTOY-AM in Roanoke, Virginia. In 1970, Steele joined WAAF-AM and WLID-AM in Boston in 1970 and then moved to WGRT-FM in Chicago. A program director at WJPC-FM in 1974, he was an on air personality for WVON-AM and WBMX-FM and hosted WBEZ-FM’s Page Two talk show in the 1980s. For five years, Steele hosted Morning Connection for WVAZ-FM before getting jobs at WBEZ-FM and WGCI-FM in 1994. Steele has also hosted Spirit Express on WGCI-AM gospel radio. At WCIU-TV Steele was seen on Chicago Today, The Discovery Showcase and Urban Street with Ty Wansley. He also worked on the TV specials Bridging the Gap and Two for the Show.

At Chicago public radio station WBEZ-FM Steele hosted Talk of the City, interviewing people like Gwendolyn Brooks, William Safire and Wynton Marsalis. A host and contributor to WBEZ’s talk shows and jazz programs, Steele is a past president of NATRA, the black radio announcers guild, and serves as a local board member of AFTRA. He also makes frequent appearances on WTTW-TV (PBS) as a reporter for Artbeat Chicago. Steele is known to support the efforts of the ETA Creative Arts Foundation and other African American community organizations. He lives with his wife on Chicago’s south side.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Richard Claude Steele describes his mother's family background, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Richard Claude Steele describes his mother's family background, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Richard Claude Steele describes his mother's young adult years in New York City
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Richard Claude Steele describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Richard Claude Steele describes his childhood home, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Richard Claude Steele describes his childhood home, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Richard Claude Steele recalls his childhood summers in Brooklyn, New York
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Richard Claude Steele describes his childhood experiences
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Richard Claude Steele recalls his childhood love for music
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Richard Claude Steele describes his elementary school experiences
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Richard Claude Steele recalls racist encounters in elementary school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Richard Claude Steele recalls his activities at Carey Temple A.M.E. Church
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Richard Claude Steele describes his favorite radio programs and personalities
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Richard Claude Steele recalls his favorite childhood television shows
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Richard Claude Steele recalls his high school activities
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Richard Claude Steele describes his time at Emil G. Hirsch Metropolitan High School
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Richard Claude Steele remembers his high school English teacher
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Richard Claude Steele describes his high school singing group, The Belvederes
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Richard Claude Steele remembers the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Richard Claude Steele recalls joining the U.S. Air Force after high school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Richard Claude Steele recalls joining a singing group in the U.S. Air Force
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Richard Claude Steele recalls winning talent contests in the U.S. Air Force and meeting HistoryMaker Berry Gordy
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Richard Claude Steele describes his first radio job
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Richard Claude Steele describes the schools he attended in New York City
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Richard Steele describes his early broadcasting jobs
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Richard Claude Steele recalls working for WTOY Radio in Roanoke, Virginia
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Richard Claude Steele describes WTOY Radio in Roanoke, Virginia
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Richard Claude Steele describes his fan base in Roanoke, Virginia
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Richard Claude Steele describes the social differences between New York City and Roanoke, Virginia
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Richard Claude Steele describes living in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Richard Claude Steele recalls his interview with WGRT Radio in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Richard Claude Steele describes the history of Chicago's WGRT Radio
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Richard Claude Steele explains the history of Chicago radio stations
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Richard Claude Steele describes his love for jazz music
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Richard Claude Steele recalls his favorite interviews
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Richard Claude Steele remembers Chicago Mayor Harold Washington
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Richard Claude Steele recalls a unity rally at Chicago's UIC Pavilion
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Richard Claude Steele reflects upon Harold Washington's death
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Richard Claude Steele details his radio broadcasting career
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Richard Claude Steele describes The Tavis Smiley Show
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Richard Claude Steele details his television career
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Richard Claude Steele reflects upon his decision not to pursue college
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Richard Claude Steele reflects upon his career
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Richard Claude Steele describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Richard Claude Steele reflects upon his life
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Richard Claude Steele reflects upon how his personality helped his career
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Richard Claude Steele reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Richard Claude Steele describes how he would like to be remembered