Bay Area Radio Hall of Fame broadcaster Steve Bitker from KCBS
Like many during the COVID-19 pandemic, Steve Bitker has adjusted to working from home to be a continued radio presence on KCBS each morning from the sports desk. The Bay Area Radio Hall of Fame broadcaster offers his candid insight on how and why this crisis has escalated. While their haven’t been games, there is still plenty of content to fill his radio segments and our conversation–where society, sports and free speech intertwine. The appreciation of fine food has become family affair along with a social consciousness that has was passed down from his father. Bitker discusses sports books, meeting the writer of an iconic favorite and the challenges of being a book author. Finally, Steve takes a peek at the career finish line and a life beyond :15 and :45.
KCBS’ Steve Bitker Beyond the Box Score: From Food to Trump
"If you're not nervous, that's a problem...Pressure is a privilege. I think that may have been Billie Jean King. And to really understand that and get after it, it's really important. And I think there's a balance, too. Of recognizing you are enough, too. And that's what Jenna Fischer talks about in her book that sometimes you don't have to be over the top--that you are enough."
"I think it's foolish to believe that teams don't have some type of dysfunction within them regardless of their record and place in the standings. And this, obviously has gone public But I feel this is more trending toward a bump in the road than an implosion because those guys realize how special it is what they have and I think they'll be hungry to rekindle it and get back to that level of play soon.
"You have to learn to see yourself. You're hiding something. And not just the physical body. We're talking about everything goes on internally. The emotional body. That's why we go there--to heal, really because the yoga is really mental work.
"I never show up knowing what I'm getting paid for a gig. I never ask. I'll leave without getting my check, which is not good. So managers out there who are listening and think they can rip me off, no!
"There's nights I have to work until 8 a.m. and then have my morning staff meeting with the Mudbugs at 8:45. So I have to go straight from the casino to the staff meeting and start my day like it never ended. Those are days you're not seeing correctly. Sometimes, you're sleep deprived and I'm asking myself, 'What are you doing here?' Am I seriously going to work insane hours, have no life outside these two jobs, just to try to make it, TRY to make it as a hockey broadcaster?"