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Top 40 Pioneer Steve Brown Dies

OMAHA -- December 14, 2008: Steve Brown, who joined Top 40 KOIL "Mighty 1290" in Omaha in 1959 and later programmmed the station and its clustermates, died Saturday while preparing for his talk shift on Clear Channel News/Talker KFAB/Omaha.

Brown, says radio commentator and consultant John Rook at johnrook.com, "played a major role in the early history of Top 40 radio." KOIL under his purview served as a launching pad for Top 40 stars including Gary Owens, Dave Dean, Dr. Don Rose, and The Real Don Steele (a name Brown came up with). Brown also helped in the push to get the music of The Beatles and The Beach Boys on the air.

Brown remained in Omaha radio, later serving as a talk host on KKAR, and had most recently been doing Saturdays 4-7 on KFAB.

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