Steve Smith

Operations Manager/Host of Ten O'clock Blues


As American as apple pie, the blues have carved an important niche in this nation's musical history. On this episode of the B-Sides with Bolin and Blumberg, we take a look at some of the more recent additions to this legacy.

Joined by Steve Smith, host of Siouxland Public Media's Ten O'clock Blues, we take a trip from coast to coast to coast to bring you some of the more prolific artists tied to this genre.

This is Steve Smith and you’re listening to Check It Out. Baseball season is upon us and it doesn’t matter if it’s little league, high school, college or the pros, the sights, smells and sounds are alive and well. Fans come in many different shapes and sizes because discrimination doesn’t exist in baseball.

Fresh Cold Press, creates fresh juices, including sugar cane juice and coconut juice, on site at their Southern Hills Mall location and in season, at the Sioux City Farmer's Market. Aaron Haase provides Adrian with the juicy details....(Editor's Note: I'm so sorry about that, I couldn't help it.)

Siouxland's 10 Under 40

Jun 15, 2016

Siouxland Magazine's 5th annual 10 under 40 issue is gearing up for another issue. There's still time to nominate! SPM's Steve Smith is in dialog with editor Susan Fey to tell you how. 

The Sioux City Symphony Orchestra closes its 100th season with Collide, an innovative concert mixing the symphony hall with the beats from the streets. The SCSO's Ryan Haskins joined SPM's Steve Smith. 

Ambi: I’m Elsa / Have you heard about our watermelon beer?

Leadership Siouxland

Leadership Siouxland prepares leaders for all the facets of our community, whether its the ambitious entrepreneur or the  retired community organizer. And, to the benefit of Siouxland, they have been on this mission for 30 years. Executive director Amanda Beller joined Steve Smith to talk about how you can get involved with leadership Siouxland, as well as how you can help celebrate their 30th anniversary.   

SCSO's Ode to Joy

Apr 15, 2016

More that 400 musicians will perform for the Sioux City Symphony's 100th Season finale. Ryan Haskins, the fellow tasked with keeping them all together, joined Steve Smith. 

Sioux City Symphony Orchestra

The Sioux City Symphony Orchestra's concert this Saturday is designed to celebrate the musicians, the voices, of this great institution. Each piece on the program was selected by them, and each piece will by introduced by them, giving the audience the opportunity to hear the intimacy felt between the player and the music. Music director and conductor Ryan Haskins joined Steve Smith for a conversation about the evening. 


Morningside College

This will be the 20th anniversary of Christmas at Morningside, and to celebrate, the college has commissioned new arrangements from Stacey V. Gibbs, who has, in addition to the arrangements, written original music for accompaniment.

Cultural Continuum 10.09.15

Oct 9, 2015
"Bathing Beuties" by Paula Streeter

The Artisans Road Trip takes place this Saturday and Sunday. Professional artists in northwest Iowa will welcome guests into their studios to discover original works of art. The self-guided tour begins at 9:00 on Saturday and noon on Sunday.     

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Council on Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence

The Council on Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence (CSADV) presents “Music Against Violence,” tonight (Friday). Bands performing include Elsa Va, Black Death Jet Set, The Clutch, and Lil Red & the Medicated Moose Band. It takes place at the Chesterfield. Doors open at 8:00 p.m.

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Riverssance Beckons

Sep 28, 2015
Greg Kenkel

The Kingdom of Riverssance reconvenes at Riverside Park in Sioux City this Saturday and Sunday. Siouxland Public Media's Steve Smith had an opportunity to talk with festival organizer Phil Claeys about this year's preparation. 

Lamb Arts Regional Theatre presents the world premiere of “Monster Makers,” running September 25 to October 18. Based on real events, Stephen Dolginoff’s new musical brings the magic of film to the stage with three tales of famous monster movies. The stories are told 'through the lens' of each film's original appearance - moving from the sepia-toned silent films, early Hollywood black and white, and finally the technicolor tones of the 1970's Hammer horror films. Curtain time is 7:30 p.m., Thursdays through Saturdays.

The Sioux City Symphony Orchestra opens their 100th season with 6-time Tony winner Audra McDonald, Saturday night at the Orpheum Theatre. Music director Ryan Haskins had a chat with FM90's Steve Smith about her, her voice, and 100 years of music.


Sioux City Symphony Orchestra

This Saturday, the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra begins celebrating its 100th anniversary. Singer Audra McDonald will be the soloist, singing favorites from opera, Broadway, and more. Later this year, the Symphony will join with the National Music Museum in Vermillion for a concert featuring historical instruments, including the Amati "King" cello. This year's program is truly exciting.

Iowa Prairie Heritage Network

Iowa Prairie Heritage Week begins September 13, and the Iowa Prairie Network is coordinating events throughout northwest Iowa. Hillview Recreation Area in Hinton will host “Monarchs and Milkweeds” on the 13th, and Tiffany Prairie will host a “Prairie Visit and Reception in Buena Vista County,” on the 26th.

Cultural Continuum 08.28.15

Aug 28, 2015
Sioux City Art Center

Art Splash takes place over Labor Day weekend, September 5 and 6. This year, Massive Brass Attack will perform Saturday night, and the Potts and Pans Steelband will perform Sunday. There will also be arts on display as well as kid-friendly crafts and activities. It takes place at Riverside Park.   

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Cultural Continuum 08.07.15

Aug 6, 2015
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With the arrival of the new moon, the heavens are in our favor for viewing the Perseid meteor shower. You can, of course, just slip outside and watch for falling stars anywhere; however, if you would like a bit of society, join Woodbury County Parks at the Southwood Conservation Area on Saturday, or meet up with fellow stargazers at the Sanford Museum and Planetarium on Thursday. Or go to both events!

Cultural Continuum 07.31.15

Jul 31, 2015
Sanford Center

The Jackson St. Cook-off for the Sanford Center Gang Prevention Program takes place Saturday, August 1. Nine churches on Jackson Street, including Iglesia La Biblia Abierta, the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, and St. John Lutheran Church, have been challenged to a cook off to be held on the playground of Hunt School. It begins at 11:00 a.m.

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Saturday, July 25, the Disabilities Resource Center of Siouxland and the Sioux City Human Rights Commission will host a celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the ADA. Expert panelists from local agencies will be present to talk about issues facing the disabled community and answer questions. There will be food and activities. It takes place in the Sioux City Public Museum beginning at noon.

Sioux City Journal

Morningside College present's Hansel and Gretel and the Long Way Hometonight at  7:00 and tomorrow morning 10:00. The musical will be performed by LAMB Arts Regional Theatre’s LAMB Caravan. The original musical was written by Diana Guhin Wooley, CEO of LAMB Arts. It will take place in the Buhler Outdoor Performance Center.

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Emily Johnson Live

The Emily Johnson Band headlines Fridays on the Promenade, tonight. This 10-piece soul/R&B outfit has been delighting music fans in Siouxland with their high energy, passionate, and lay-it-down-to-get-you-up fun. Backed by a spick-and-span horn section and a rhythm section you could set your watch to, Emily Johnson has the perfect set up to let go. And she does. What a voice! 

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Cats opens this year's Betty Ling Tsang Fine Arts Series at Morningside College. This musical, the longest running Broadway musical, is based on a collection of T.S. Elliot poems and tells the story of a tribe of cats who audition for the chance to be selected to be reborn.

Susan Fey, editor of Siouxland Magazine, dropped by to talk to FM90's Steve Smith about the application process for the magazine's "10 under 40" issue.  

Fridays on the Promenade summer concert series begins tonight in downtown Sioux City. The Hobo Nephew's of Uncle Frank are the first headliners. They perform stomping Americana music (see below). And, not to be missed, Garie Lewis will open. It begins at 6:30 p.m.

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Barbara-Anne Huculak joins Steve Smith today especially to discuss the Women Aware and Siouxland Trails Foundation's "Tri-State Trails Tour XI," happening Saturday, June 13. Riders will choose the distance of their own rides, taking routes that lead them up to 60 miles through the Siouxland landscape. Check-in will begin at 9:00 a.m. at Bev's on the River.