Steve Julian (1958 - 2016)

Broadcaster Steve Julian, who served as the longtime morning edition host for Southern California’s National Public Radio affiliate 89.3 KPCC, died April 24, according to multiple news sources. He was 57.

Julian died of complications of brain cancer, according to the radio station’s vice president of content, Melanie Sill. He was diagnosed with the cancer in November 2015.

Since 2000, the smooth-voiced host provided listeners in Southern California with the news, traffic, and weather.

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The former police officer was born July 4, 1958, in Pomona, California. He began his career as a police dispatcher before becoming an officer in Baldwin Park, California. He also worked a five-year stint as a traffic reporter for a local firm.

He was the recipient of five Los Angeles Press Club awards, three Edward R. Murrow awards, and three Golden Mike awards.

Julian also acted in plays and directed at theaters around Southern California. He served on the boards of two theater companies, according to his radio station’s website.

A page to raise funds to help cover his medical and funeral expenses has been started at

In a post on Facebook, KCRW radio said, “Our hearts go out to our Los Angeles public radio family over at KPCC today.”

“No one cared about listeners more than Steve,” his best friend, Larry Mantle, told the Los Angeles Times.

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