We all know Rachel Steele from her many media roles and broadcasting achievements, but the accomplishment she is most proud of is living and working in Cleveland with her family and friends. “Since I was born and raised in the area, my family and friends are all here. I love being with my sons, ages seven and five, and being able to have a career in my hometown is also something that I’m very thankful for.”
She remained in Middays through the switch from Xtreme Radio to K-Rock, until the format was changed again and the station went jockless on December 1, 2008. “Throughout those years, I tried to learn as much as I could about the business. I stayed after my shifts to learn the process and guidelines of scheduling music, and very often scheduled music for both Xtreme and K-Rock. ”
Making the transition to Music Director and Afternoon Drive personality on WLFM 87.7 Cleveland’s Sound took considerably less time. “I received a phone call one day regarding a new station. I had breakfast with the owners, and was hired a week later.”
Currently Rachel is a DJ on SiriusXM’s “Classic Vinyl” show, airing Mondays and Fridays from 12noon-6pm on Channel 26. “We broadcast from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In addition to my role of being a jock, I interact with Rock Hall visitors. The studio is located on the 5th floor, in the middle of the Rolling Stones exhibit. It’s a high foot-traffic area!! There are headphones hanging outside the studio window, and I have a ‘lobby’ button on my board. I press the button and chit-chat with people who are visiting.”
The partnership between the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and SiriusXM is ideal, according to Rachel. “The visitors seem to love the experience of peeking inside a real radio studio! It’s also great exposure for the city of Cleveland. No matter where you are in the United States, and some parts of Canada, you hear me say, ‘Live at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland.'”
Rachel has seen many changes in the industry since she went on the air. “The Ipod was introduced right around the time I started in radio. Since then, many other good, solid services such as Pandora, Spotify, IHeartRadio, along with SiriusXM, etc., have entered the scene. The level of competition for terrestrial radio stations is so much greater than it was just 13 years ago. Music listeners and lovers have so many great options.”
In between her professional duties and personal life, Rachel somehow manages to make special appearances, and often DJs at private parties and events. Interested parties can visit her website at www.djrachelsteele.com to find out more details and booking information.
But at the end of the day (or even the early morning), Rachel’s main focus is on her two boys. They are not the only children who benefit from Rachel’s loving, caring nature. “I’ve worked with a charity for years called ‘W.A.G.S. for Kids’ (Working Animals Giving Service for Kids). It’s an unbelievable organization that trains dogs and places them with disabled children. I will be DJing the 2nd Annual ‘Have a Heart Bachelor Charity Raffle’ on June 25th downtown. The ladies arrive in droves and bid on dates with local celebrities, athletes, and other local singles looking for love.”
You can visit www.clevelandhaveaheart.org for ticket info and details on how to become a bachelor for the event. And to find Rachel as she spins “classic vinyl,” roll on down to the Rock Hall or check out the SiriusXM website.
Originally Posted by Cleve Land