I first met Steve Trevelese in 1979 when he was the 7-10pm disc jockey on WRLB, 107FM out of Long Branch NJ. When I knew him back then, for over two years, he was a very upbeat guy and had a firm handle on where he wanted to go. I found out years later, that “where” was Philadelphia. I didn’t get to spend any time with him outside of the station, but after working with someone like that, after two years you get to know someone.
It was a bit odd, but years later when I found myself back in NJ, I ran across Steve in a very odd place. There was a point where every Wednesday I was surveyor for the Lundberg Survey…the folks who tell us about the gasoline prices throughout the country. I was driving Southbound on I-295 in between a couple of the stops when I looked over in the next lane and spotted a familiar face behind the wheel of a gold Mercedes Benz…it was Steve! I pulled him over and in a couple of minutes on the side of the freeway, we caught up. I told him of how I was driving limos and taxis and he told me that he was a traffic reporter for several stations in Philly while he pursued a stand-up career.
Other than the regret I always had about not staying in radio with Ken Marks, this was another case of regret. I felt bad as Steve drove off in his Benz, and me in a 5 year old Ford Escort. I thought…had I only stayed in radio…and that is still behind me. It’s certainly not Steve’s fault. It’s mine, I realize that. I think what kept me from going back into radio are my two fears. Fear of failure…for obvious reasons, and fear of success. If I ever found a way to conquer those I would have been back on the air years ago. This picture of Steve was not taken by me.