Nowhere to turn: Steve’s story

Steve Kelly in the radio booth.
Steve Kelly in the radio booth.

For people living in Palm Springs who tune into KPTR 1450 AM from 4-6 p.m., Steve Kelly’s voice should sound familiar.

That’s because Steve hosts his own talk radio show down in the Palm Springs desert and serves as Program Director for KPTR and KPSI 920 AM. But before becoming a public media personality, Steve struggled with alcoholism.

Thanks to the help he received from the Millionair Club Charity, he was able to turn his life around.

“I moved to Seattle in 1990 with very little money and a drinking problem,” says Steve. “I worked out of the Millionair Club for ten months, including having Thanksgiving dinner here.”

Steve worked at several general labor and cleaning jobs before finally getting his life back in order. He says he’s been sober for 23 years.

“Even though I had an alcohol addiction, the Millionair Club Charity showed me kindness at the lowest point of my life. And I never forgot it,” Steve says.

When he’s not on the radio, Steve works as a freelance journalist. Some of his career highlights include covering the US Open in 2008 down in San Diego and broadcasting live from Ground Zero on the fifth anniversary of 9/11 through ABC. But through his highs and lows, Steve is especially thankful for the Millionair Club Charity for being there when he had nowhere else to go.

“I am so thankful for the Millionair Club. There are great people and great stories coming out of here,” Steve says.

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