Steve Grant (’76): Springfield NBC-affiliate broadcaster
June 25, 2010
While wrapping up final exams during his sophomore year, Communication student Steve Grant was summoned to the office of Evangel’s venerable speech professor, Nonna Dee Dalan. With her customary nonchalance, Dr. Dalan suggested he “go audition for a summer newsroom job” at KY3-TV. The station invited him to sign-on full time the very next day.
Thirty-six years later the Springfield broadcaster, who jokingly calls himself the “world’s oldest summer intern,” has anchored and reported on more than 20,000 newscasts. During Steve’s career, the legendary NBC affiliate has stayed in the vanguard of award-winning broadcast journalism and enjoys #1 news ratings nationwide.
His commitment to community service, steadfast dedication, passion and unmatched national ratings have earned Grant (’76) the 2010 Distinguished Alumnus Award.
Inspired by initial appearances on local TV’s children’s programs and advice from Springfield’s broadcasting community, Steve set his professional compass early on. Personal visits with network news commentator Paul Harvey and other national correspondents kept him on course during and after his Evangel years. Since then, his assignments have covered every corner of the Ozarks’ vast and growing viewing area as well as Washington, New York, Hollywood, and even the Vatican for a private audience with Pope John Paul.
Steve got his start at age 15 as a disc jockey on Springfield’s KTXR-FM. The platter and chatter served him well in getting started with KY3, just two years after graduating high school. Well into his TV news work, Grant went back on radio “across the nation and around the world” on Revivaltime’s 660 stations. From Assemblies of God headquarters, he was a longtime announcer for radio evangelist Dan Betzer until the broadcast ended.
Away from the studio, Steve is continually involved in church and community service. He was an original board member for The Kitchen’s homeless shelter, and is a 10-year member of the Springfield (Sheltered) Workshop’s board of trustees. He is a regular guest speaker at area churches and schools, and emcee for a long list of civic and charitable events. Twice he has traveled to Kenya on medical missions to aid his former childhood physician in bringing supplies and support to tribal people. In 2009 he became spokesman for Ozarks Honor Flight, and through KY3 has helped raised thousands of dollars to take aging veterans to the World War II Memorial in Washington.
He also lends his talents to his alma mater for homecoming videos, fundraising campaigns and co-hosting Evangel’s popular Christmas concert.
Despite many professional honors, including an Emmy Award, Steve has never followed the traditional, transient ladder to the network or cable news. “Bigger is not necessarily better in television,” he explains, “KY3 is a destination station, and I’ve never wanted to live out of an apartment and a suitcase.”
There are two Evangel alumni in the Grant household. His wife, Stephanie, earned her Master’s of Organizational Leadership from Evangel in 2009. They have one grown son.