It is with an extremely heavy heart, we regret to inform everyone of the passing of our good friend and co-worker Mike (Steele) Vrable. He passed away in the evening hours last night.
Mike was a part-time jock on ‘DVE, a local producer for the Penguins games on The X, and produced the local segment of the Steelers Radio Network. He also did fill in work on 3WS and could be counted on at a moments notice for anything the stations need...a jack-of-all trades.
Mike started out at 106.7 The Force in Beaver Falls. He was present for the transition when The Force became 105.9 The X in 1995. After a few years he moved to Austin, TX to work for Rock Station KLBJ. In 2011, he returned to WDVE.
Mike never had a bad word to say about anyone, and rarely complained about life in general. His passion was music, especially local music.
Mike will be missed by all.
Portraits in gallery are courtesy of Joe Maher.
Devastating news... Mike always made me laugh during frequent talks about his favorite things; @penguins @steelers @govtmuleband music festivals & comedy movies. Huge part of @DVERADIO @1059thex & Pgh -God bless! https://t.co/cZNo4ghnVo— Madden Producer (@MaddenProducer) July 3, 2018
We are heartbroken over the loss of a member of the DVE family. Rest easy, Mike... https://t.co/hN80VbdhW5— Val Porter (@DVEValPorter) July 3, 2018
We lost an invaluable member of the DVE team this morning. Everyone on Fleet St is stunned. RIP Mike Steele https://t.co/DQyU8xc4gF— RandyBaumann (@DVERandy) July 3, 2018
This has just been a bad year for losing good people. Gonna miss the booming voice of the gentle giant in these Fleet Street halls. Rest easy, Mike. pic.twitter.com/QuwDDBBp46— Sheri Van Dyke (@3WSSheri) July 3, 2018
Beyond heartbroken to hear about the passing of a great coworker and an even greater friend, Mike Steele. A big guy with a big heart and probably the biggest Govt Mule fan to ever live. I’ll miss seeing you in the office and hearing your voice on @DVERADIO #RIP— John Lombardo (@tourdadjohn) July 3, 2018
Another major loss for our iHeart Pittsburgh family. The last time I saw Mike, he hugged me & offered words of comfort when I lost Bruce. That was him...always kind, always helpful, always a warm presence. Rest easy, Steely. We’ll miss you. https://t.co/gltfHlYRtp— Tall Cathy (@tallcathy) July 3, 2018
I worked many a Steelers post game show with Mike at the controls. A consummate pro, a man dedicated to his craft. He was multi talented. But most importantly, he was a really, REALLY, good dude. So terribly sad. #RIP my friend.— Stan Savran (@StanLoveTheShow) July 3, 2018
I’m stunned. Steele was a utility player for The X and DVE, doing tons of different jobs on and off air over the years and a really good dude. RIP https://t.co/CI1mGBIWMn— Bill Crawford (@dveBillCrawford) July 3, 2018
Doing the DVE Morning Show is A LOT, especially when you’re a new guy coming into town. Mike Steele was the perfect guy to introduce me to Pittsburgh and DVE. Mike was always there for me when I needed him. He will be missed in and out of 200 Fleet Street.— Randy Slack (@Slackamania) July 3, 2018
Just devastated to hear about the passing of Mike Steele. He was there in the early days, had us on air when he worked in Austin. Always a pleasure to hang with. Just a great guy. RIP Mike. https://t.co/CH35bXPRnC— Scott Blasey (@scottblasey) July 3, 2018
Our thoughts are with Mike's family at this difficult time.— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) July 3, 2018
Mike assisted with Penguins radio broadcasts on @1059thex and helped bring Penguins hockey to a multitude of fans in the Pittsburgh area. https://t.co/KksUnx7OAQ
Mike Steele loved radio the way you’re supposed to, was a deep-track music lover and was up for any job you threw his way. I’m lucky to have worked with him and this is another one that aches for our iHeart family. https://t.co/i3Cvswbuvl— Abby Kat Krizner (@AbbyOnTheX) July 3, 2018
One of the best guys you'd meet in any profession, we were just lucky to have him in radio. @MikeSteeleRadio could do anything and did. Rest in peace Mike, you will be remembered fondly— Jeff Hathhorn (@jhathhorn) July 3, 2018
I can’t believe that I have to say goodbye to you. You are one of the reasons I’ve made it this far. You taught me how to do everything. We spent so many nights together watching hockey and laughing until we cried. I love you @DVEMikeSteele thank you for being a great friend ❤️ pic.twitter.com/eFBbXGvb15— Travis🎙 (@pghTRAV) July 3, 2018
Extremely saddened to hear of our friend and colleague @DVEMikeSteele . Mike was a righteous dude with a heart of gold and a head-full of radio knowledge/ history. Thank you for all of your wisdom and kindness, Mike. I will miss you. https://t.co/AcsHXAsApC— Scottro (@DjScottro) July 3, 2018
Stage AE. 5min before we start Steeler pre game. Mike on phone at studio.Trying to get us on air @ DVE— Tim Benz (@TimBenzPGH) July 3, 2018
Mike-Put your headset on.Count back from 10.Start talking
Me-How will I know you can hear me?
Mike-If u hear Skynard you'll know I can't. Now count!
RIP Mike. You will be missed https://t.co/GVjIQJnPzX
Just unbelievable news about Mike.. he had a passion for the business like few others, and loved the Pens like few others.. RIP friend.. we are missing you here on Fleet Street. https://t.co/bAMjZRy8U1— WhipontheX (@WhipontheX) July 3, 2018