Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Radio since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting. During his two and a half decades in broadcasting, Steve has won numerous awards, including accolades from the Associated Press and Radio and Television News Directors Association. Away from the broadcast booth, Steve is an avid reader and movie fanatic.
What person, alive or dead, would you like to have lunch with? Why?
My wife. She’s the best company I’ve ever had, or expect to, over lunch.
How did you get involved in radio?
I started listening to all news radio when I was about 8 years old. In my teens, when other kids were listening to rock stations, I was flipping between KYW and WCAU in Philadelphia. I was fascinated listening to the news developing and changing through the day. When the time came to decide on what I wanted to study at college, I was drawn to broadcasting and journalism. I spent most of my four years in college at the campus radio station, including two years as news director.
What is your favorite way to spend your free time?
I read (usually two books at a time, one book at work, another at home) and I go to see a lot of movies (about 50 or more a year)
What has been your most memorable experience as a reporter/host/etc.?
Covering the federal building bombing in Oklahoma City in 1995 was a remarkable experience. It was going to be a quiet day newswise. Not much happening. I was at the state capitol to cover a rally. The earth shattering explosion changed that. I spent the next ten hours wandering around downtown, filing reports to my home station and NPR. For the next six weeks, it was literally the only story my station covered.
What one song do you think best summarizes your taste in music?
Zilch. I don’t listen to music.
What is your favorite program on Michigan Radio? Why?
This American Life. It’s the best story telling on radio.
What's a hidden talent you have that most people don’t know about?
I have no talent. Anyone who knows me well would agree.
What is one ability or talent you really wish you possessed?
The ability to cook.
What do you like best about working in public radio?
I like having the time to tell a story. I’ve grown tired over time working in commercial radio of trying to tell a complex story in 25 seconds or less. You can tell some stories in less than 25 seconds. But often, a truly interesting story needs a minute, 3 minutes or more to explain.
If you could interview any contemporary newsmaker, who would it be?
No one really.
Is there a T.V. show you never miss? If so, which one?
The Amazing Race. As a fan and a former contestant, I just enjoy the thrill of seeing different parts of the world.
What would your perfect meal consist of?
A light appetizer. A good fish course. A well done steak. A pleasant dessert. A fine 20 year tawny port.
What modern convenience would it be most difficult for you to live without?
The computer. It has changed my personal and professional life.
What are people usually very surprised to learn about you?
That I not only watch Reality TV, but that I’ve been a Reality TV star (retired).
What else would you like people to know about you?
I enjoy living in Jackson, MI. So many Michigan cities and towns are struggling these days. Jackson’s no different. But, the people there are forging ahead. Jackson is also committed to being a community.
A new Michigan State University report finds about 10% of eligible students are being held back under the state’s Read by Grade Three law.
The president toured a silicon chip manufacturing plant where a South Korean company spent $300 million dollars on an expansion.
A circuit court judge is scheduled to hear a motion Wednesday by attorneys seeking to have criminal charges against former Governor Rick Snyder dismissed.
Criminal charges against seven former government officials in the Flint water crisis have been dismissed.
Prosecutors have charged a 15-year-old with murder, terrorism and other crimes in connection with Tuesday's school shooting in Michigan in which 4 people were killed.
Most of the money is coming from the state of Michigan, which was accused of overlooking the risks of switching Flint's water source in 2014 without treating the water to prevent lead contamination.
It will be at least another month before the U.S. will reopen its border with Canada for non-essential travel.
U.S. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm was in Michigan Thursday to tout the Biden administration’s new fuel economy standards and a goal to significantly increase electric vehicle sales.
The city of Flint is looking at setting up a witness protection program to encourage city residents to come forward with information on violent crime.Flint’s homicide rate this year is running about 30 percent higher so far this year compared to the first half of 2020.
Former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm is returning to the state Thursday, Aug 5, in her first official return to Michigan as US Secretary of Energy. She’s scheduled to make several stops Thursday to promote domestic manufacturing and building a clean energy economy.