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Steve Butler, Director of News and Programming, KYW Newsradio

Steve Butler is the director of news and programming at KYW Newsradio, where he is proud to oversee the on-air and newsroom staff of 70 people who have helped keep KYW the #1 radio station in Philadelphia.

Butler is also VP/Radio News for the CBS Radio station group, acting as corporate liaison for the eight all-news stations owned by the company.

The Glenside, Pa. native calls himself a “KYW brat” whose connections with the station date back to 1974, when he was a participant in the station’s annual Newstudies program for high school seniors, attending Saturday morning classes about broadcast news conducted by KYW news staffers.  During college, he was a desk assistant in the KYW newsroom.

After graduating from Temple University and a year-long stop at WTTM in Trenton as legislative reporter, Butler joined the KYW Newsradio staff in 1979 as a news writer and reporter.  He covered the transportation and City Hall beats until 1985, when he left to be a field producer at WCAU-TV.

Returning to KYW Newsradio as news director and executive editor in 1986, Butler left again in 1989 to oversee editorial operations at Inside Radio, a daily trade publication for the US radio industry.

Since 1997, Butler has been back at KYW Newsradio to supervise all on-air production and content of the station — hopefully, he says, his final return to the station which has been such a large part of his working life.

Butler lives in Haddonfield, NJ, with wife Mimi, a musician and teacher; and daughter Samantha, a fashion designer.  He is an avid sailor with a boat on the Chesapeake Bay.


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