Growing up in suburban Detroit, Steve’s earliest memories are of Motown, blues and rock coming from his ever-present radio.
While in high school, Steve worked at Cousino High School’s WPHS radio and interned at the legendary (and now defunct) WABX in Detroit.
Landing a job as a roadie for The Sugarcubes, Steve moved to Iceland with the band and earned his permanent radio operator’s license through a correspondence course he saw advertised on a napkin. A chance at his dream job brought Labenz back to the U.S., and he did the morning farm report on a Waxahachie, Texas, station for 17 years while he raced flat-track motorcycles in his spare time.
He now takes his helmet off long enough to do middays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday and Sunday afternoon drive time at Greatest Hits 98.7 WFGR.