Perhaps the best known broadcasting voice in Alaska, Steve Heimel began his career at a radio station in rural Pennsylvania and worked his way up to two of the nation's Top Ten commercial media markets. He moved to public radio in 1974 for greater creative latitude and moved to Alaska in 1982, working for the statewide Alaska Public Radio Network for 32 years as Managing Editor, morning news announcer and host of the statewide “Talk of Alaska” call-in show.
He is a practicing visual artist and widely known as "The Old Bullrider," host of "The Truck Stop" vintage country music radio show that’s been running for 20 years. Heimel has been an instructor for the national training efforts of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and National Public Radio. He began working as KYUK’s Managing Editor in 2016.