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. 


TOB: 1.30.16

Feb 1, 2016

From their 4th album Moon Turn Red, Canadian power trio Monkeyjunk leads us into the 10 O’Clock Blues.  

The Reverend Shawn Amos might not be a real reverend but he can preach the blues like all get-out.  

TOB: Best of 2015

Jan 12, 2016

It’s the annual Top 25 countdown on the 10 O’Clock Blues! Who will be number 1? 

Texas guitar-slinger Mike Zito has just released his latest album, Keep Coming Back, on Ruf records, and it’s super good. Good enough, in fact, to lead off the 10 O’Clock Blues this week.

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.

Tommy Castro is a West Coast bluesman who never puts out a bad album. That trend continues with his latest, Method to my Madness

The official release of The Reverend Shawn Amos is Friday 10/16 but we’ve had it at the TOB for a month or so, and we’ve been playing it like crazy because it’s super good. Guest appearances by the Blind Boys of Alabama and Missy Anderson don’t hurt either. The Rev. gets the lead-off spot on this episode of the 10 O’clock Blues.  

Buddy Guy’s new album is called Born to Play Guitar and we’re not gonna argue with that. We’ll crack open the 10 O’clock Blues with one from this fine collection of songs. Kim Wilson is featured on harp.

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.     

    Also happening

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.

  Also happening

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.

Warren Haynes has teamed up with Railroad Earth and some fabulous guests like Shawn Colvin and Grace Potter (pictured) for Ashes and Dust. We’ll begin with that this time on the 10 O’Clock Blues.

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.