‘Preacher’ was radio luminary with cool style, swagger
By Bob Kostanczuk Post-Tribune correspondent February 29, 2012 2:08PM
Region radio personality Steve "The Preacher" Glover passed away Feb. 22 at the age of 54. | Photo Provided
Updated: April 3, 2012 8:05AM
The clearest way I can describe Steve “The Preacher” Glover is to call him a true radio personality.
There was substance there, and some grit.
Here was an on-air broadcaster with distinctive traits the audience could sink its teeth into.
In Northwest Indiana, those kind of talk-show hosts are definitely in short supply.
Love him or hate him, you knew who Preacher was.
He often wore sunglasses.
And he drove a sporty car.
There was a swagger about him.
The graduate of Hammond Morton High School was a “Region” guy to the bone.
In 2006, the gabmeister got married live on-air, tying the knot with Elvie on his WJOB morning show, with Hammond Mayor Thomas McDermott Jr. in attendance.
On the airwaves, Preacher got into local politics.
He made enemies here and there.
But no one could ever slap the “dull” label on him.
I had the good fortune to talk entertainment with him on his “The Region Underground” show on Hammond’s WJOB-AM (1230).
It was a relatively brief run that ended last summer, but I had a hoot doing it once a week.
“Preach” opened the door for me to come on his show to get some radio experience, and for that I’m forever grateful to Mr. Glover, who passed away Feb. 22 at age 54.
We had a segment during which we discussed cinema with a young local girl whom Preach dubbed Movie Moron.
The name felt a bit politically incorrect to me, but I went with it.
I have fond memories of yakking with Preach outside the studio, just off noisy Indianapolis Boulevard, near 165th Street. During those breaks and post-show moments, we’d talk about tweaking our mighty collaboration ... or the conversation would swing around to plugging Preach in my newspaper ... or maybe it was politics or Preach’s health, which wasn’t all that great.
He had heart problems. But he liked his good times, and raced ahead with life.
Although the talk format was his main focus professionally, he also had a big interest in certain pop music, especially the Beatles. Fab Four tunes were played at the Feb. 26 visitation for him in a Hammond funeral home.
Speaking of oldies, Preacher was a fixture at Freddy’s Steak House in the down-to-earth Hessville section of Hammond. It was there that he’d whip out “Preacher’s Jukebox,” affording him the chance to play disc jockey once a week by dishing classic rock from the 1960s and ’70s.
Held in the bar area with beer specials on Preacher nights, the drinks flowed, as did the neighborhood chatter from regulars.
Glover built a following as Preacher through years of work at WJOB, where he took on a variety of shifts, including early afternoon and the coveted late-afternoon “drive” time.
Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller was no stranger to Preach’s radio show, frequently logging time as a guest.
“The Preacher was a legendary raconteur — debating hardball politics one minute, recounting his golf game the next,” Zoeller said in a news release. “I always appreciated Preacher’s gregarious, unpretentious style in sharing his political opinions and giving others the opportunity to share theirs on the air, and underneath his bluster was someone who cared about the Hammond community and was eager to promote charitable efforts.”
I’ll miss the man known to Region types for taking the wheel of that WJOB endeavor known as “The Region Underground — Party Line 219.”
I know Preacher is gone too soon, but he’d really want you to focus on the happy times shared with all of you.
To borrow some Preacher phrasing, “would it kill ya” to remember him that way?