|KQV Program Director John
Rook brought Big Steve Rizen to KQV from KTLK in Denver. Steve joined KQV
for middays on May 29, 1964 replacing Henry DaBecco. In July of 1965, Big
Steve switched with Hal Murray and moved to the morning slot at KQV.
Steve says one of his biggest moments in Pittsburgh was the night KQV introduced the Beatles on stage at the Civic Arena (Sept 14, 1964). It is said that Ringo's only memory of the Pittsburgh appearance was the big guy in the cowboy hat (Big Steve).
In September of 1965, KQV puts up Billboards promoting Big Steve Rizen. Mustaches were painted on Steve. A lucky listener won $1,000 by guessing who painted the mustaches on Big Steve.
Also in September of 1965, Steve Rizen became the host of a new TV game show, WIIC-TV, Channel 11's Give It A Whirl. On July 31, 1967, Steve left KQV for WJAS.
In 1989, Steve went back to school and became a teacher. Steve says, "For the last eight years I have been teaching algebra, geometry, trig, and calculus, high-end physics and chemistry here in Houston schools. It turns out I'm rather gud att it. (But I doughn't spel all tht gud.) I'm best in physics because it uses all that other stuff."
A kind and gentle man with a booming voice, Steve says, "I would like the visitors to your 14 KQV website to know there is life beyond broadcasting if your talents can take you there." As Big Steve used to sing, "I am happy in my work."
Steve Rizen passed away in March, 2011.
August 7, 1964
BREAKFAST STEAK FOR
Grown-Up Voice, Vocabulary
Steve interviewed Paul McCartney at the press conference
before the Beatles September 14, 1964 concert.
(Billboard Magazine 6/26/1965)