|2011 Silver Circle Inductee Steve Cannon|
Steve Cannon was born in Idaho Falls "a long time ago," (when Harry Truman was president). He attended school in Idaho Falls and grew up being attended to by his loving family. Family has always been a major part of Steve's life.
After graduating from high school in Idaho Falls, Steve attended college and started his broadcasting career in radio in August 1970. He was a college student for two years before leaving to devote two years to his church, serving in England and Wales. Returning to the United States, Steve re-entered college and married the love of his life, Mary Alice.
While attending Idaho State University in Pocatello, Steve's academic advisor received a call from the News Director at (then) KID-TV3 in Idaho Falls, saying the station needed someone who could "be on-the-air, tonight!" A quick trip back to Idaho Falls resulted in Steve being hired as a weekend anchor for channel 3, a relationship that lasted over 31 years!
During his time at KID/KIDK-TV3, Steve held nearly every position within the news department. But most of his time was spent as chief meteorologist,?working on-air from 1977 to 2000, when he moved into a management position as Community Affairs Director. A reduction-in-force meant Steve had to leave channel 3 for a time, but he was re-hired as chief meteorologist in December 2009 and remains in that position today.
Steve joined the Idaho Falls Rotary Club in 2000 and became its president in 2007. He served on the board of directors for the Idaho Falls Symphony, Idaho Falls Family YMCA, the Eastern Idaho Technical College Foundation and the Skyline High School Character Education Coalition.
Perhaps the most important extracurricular activity outside of broadcasting has been Steve's involvement in the Idaho Falls Police Department's Citizen Watch Patrol. Steve was one of the six original members of this all-volunteer police unit and has been active as a leader, training officer and advisory board member. But perhaps the best part of Steve's service to the department was his introduction of the Amber Alert program to the City of Idaho Falls and Bonneville County.
Steve continues to serve his community, remaining involved in the CWP program and the Rotary Club, and continues to provide nightly on-air weathercasts on KIDK-TV3.?One of the most pleasant duties of his weather forecasting and presentation duties is the many school visits he makes. He routinely covers an area the size of the state of Indiana...from Montana on the north, Utah on the south, Wyoming on the east and central Idaho on the west.
With all the activities that compete for his attention, Steve is quick to point out that his family is first and foremost in his life. He and Mary Alice are the proud parents of five children, the family now including two daughters-in-law and one son-in-law, and grandparents to four grandsons and two granddaughters. As Steve is delighted to say, "Nobody on the planet enjoys being Grandpa more than me!"