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Radio Executive Steve Harris Dies After Stroke

Steve Harris, who put Radio One’s FM sports talk station on the air here in 2013, has died following a stroke, says Tom Taylor’s NOW daily radio newsletter.

Harris, a former ESPN and ABC radio programmer, came here in 2010 as program and operations manager for Radio One’s WIZ, MOJO and WDBZ-AM in summer 2010. He changed MOJO to WCFN-FM (100.3) in January 2013, the short-lived FM sports talk station with Tom Gamble, Richard Skinner, Will Chambers, Chad Brendel, Rich Ucchino, Rick Broering and former Reds pitcher Joe Price.

He left the station when Radio One abruptly ended "The Fan” format after seven months, on July 30, 2013. The station is now known as WOSL-FM (100.3), playing old school R&B.

Harris also worked here at old WCIN-AM (1480) in the late 1980s or early 1990s.

Tom Taylor’s NOW newsletter Monday said Harris “enjoyed an especially wide-ranging programming career in both urban radio and sports.” He was an ABC Radio Networks vice president for urban programming; XM Satellite Radio vice president; and worked for ESPN Radio. 

John Kiesewetter, who has covered television and media for more than 35 years, has been working for Cincinnati Public Radio and WVXU-FM since 2015.