Evangel Profile

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.

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