Steve Palec Ends Rock ‘n Roll Roots Radio Show On WKLH After 34 Years

Steve Palec joins Irgens as Marketing Director. (Photo credit: Scott Paulus)

Last update on April 19, 2021 at 11:46 a.m.

Steve Paleca prominent figure of the past 35+ years in the Milwaukee commercial real estate industry and also a longtime local radio show host, will end his Rock’n’roll roots broadcast on WKLH-FM 96.5.

Palec has hosted the show since 1987. He said it was “totally my choice” to end it.

His final show will be from 9 a.m. to noon this Sunday.

“I take pride in telling stories, sharing music, having fun, interviewing legends and informing an audience during wars, tragedies, births, bulletins, weather issues and seven U.S. presidents, never ‘mailing it out’ since I prepped for each show for hours,” Palec said.

Back in high school, Palec has been on radio in Milwaukee for 49 years. This includes stints at WUWM 89.7 FM, WAUK 540 AM, WQFM 93.3 FM, WZUU and as a sportscaster.

Palec has been a man on the move in recent years, during which time he made a major career change and became a published author.

In 2019, he quit his job as a desktop broker at Colliers International | Wisconsin to join Milwaukee-based office developer Irgens Partners LLC as Marketing Director.

Around this time, Palec said he was looking for a change after 35 years as a broker.

Later that year he published a book. “In Awe: Beatles, Baseball & Bourbon” is a collection of stories from Palec’s life.

Palec has been involved in several major office transactions in southeast Wisconsin, representing GE Healthcare in the 500,000 square foot lease in Wauwatosa, assisting ManpowerGroup with its downtown Milwaukee headquarters project and facilitating the move from Baker Tilly to downtown. Most recently, he worked with Irgens on the downtown BMO tower, which was completed in 2020.

Palec said he enjoyed his role at Irgens. He added that as much as his wife (partner and co-founder of Living As A Leader, and BizTimes Milwaukee strategy columnist, Aleta Norris) would like him to cut back on his constant pontifications on music and other topics, “who knows what’s next?”


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