Voice of the island: Steve Reynolds is a man of many names, jobs, and talents
He wears many hats, and many T-shirts, and for that matter, even has many names. You could call him the “voice of the island,” or even the “mouth of the South,” if Ted Turner didn’t have that one locked up.
Steve Reynolds, as most on Marco Island know him, is a ubiquitous presence at island events. Through his disc jockey business, Island Paradise DJs, he spins tunes for a myriad of charitable and civic affairs, as well as parties and every Friday night at Nacho Mama’s.
Reynolds also serves as afternoon radio personality, with an airshift on WVOI, 1480-AM and 98.1-FM on Marco Island as well as 88.1-FM in Everglades City, although it is pre-recorded so he can perform the feat of appearing in two places at one time.
He serves as organizer, announcer and/or stage manager for events including the Tour de Marco, Mutts & Martinis, the Marco Island Car Show put on by the Kiwanis, the Marco Island Seafood and Music Festival, the Souper Bowl fundraiser, the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, and the Taste of Marco. This is merely a partial listing, omitting many appearances such as the city’s Memorial Day and Veterans’ Day observances, Marco Boxing Club Main Events, Island Rocks concert series, Christmas Island Style events, and others.
As Anthony DeLucia, his actual birth name, this same guy works for the Marco Island Police Department as a code enforcement inspector and community resource officer. He previously worked as a personal banker at BMO Harris Bank on the island. He worked fulltime for seven years for the Greater Marco YMCA as membership and community relations coordinator, and is currently running their adult volleyball league – along with tasks such as serving as tour director for the Tour de Marco bicycle rally.
Along with emceeing events like the Seafood & Music Festival, Reynolds is the talent wrangler and act booker, and even gets up onstage and plays congas with the musicians, “for any band requesting my services,” he said, along with the worship band at the New Life Community Church on the island. Music is a lifelong passion, and as DJ, he always seems to have the right tune for the moment.
Steve (or Anthony) is married to June DeLucia, and between them they have six children, and 15 grandchildren, scattered from Florida to Texas, Iowa, Pennsylvania and Ohio.
“We combined 30 years ago, and became the Brady Bunch,” he said.
He is originally from Youngstown, Ohio, where he attained the rank of Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America, and arrived in Florida in 2002, moving to the Marco Island area in 2006. He is a past president of the Marco Island Civitan Club, and a member of the city’s Parks and Recreation Major Events Committee, along with American Legion Post 404, the Marco Island Police Foundation and Fire Foundation, the chamber of commerce, the Association of Code Enforcement Officers, the Marco Island ACS board of directors, and the American Disc Jockey Association.
Cindy Love, CEO of the Greater Marco Family YMCA, said, “often times, I feel Steve is the glue that keeps our special events running smoothly. I value and admire his talents. I never hear his say a bad word about anyone. Our community would not be as special with Steve – he is simply awesome!”
Reynolds, she said, is the “C-ommunity guy,” describing him as caring, calm – “no matter what happens, he is cool as a cucumber,” connected, celebrity – “everyone knows and likes him,” and committed – “loyal, dedicated and reliable in everything he does.”
Police Capt. Dave Baer, supervisor of DeLucia (still the same guy) in the Code Enforcement Department, said, “he is so ingrained in the community, with all his civic work. All those things make him knowledgeable, and he knows everybody” although that can also make the job of code enforcement more difficult.
“He’s an exceptionally hard worker, and routinely volunteers for difficult assignments. We’re happy to have him here.”
Steve has worked in the past as 911 EMS operator – he holds certification as an intermediate EMT, owner of a talent agency and a retail record store, a radio news reporter, program director, sports director and general manager. Two years ago, “I tried retiring, but it didn’t stick.”
You can see, by any name, this is a guy who likes to stay busy.