DR SKY - STEVE R. KATES - Astronomer - on The Lou Gentile Show - Tues. 3/4/2003
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DR SKY - STEVE R. KATES - Astronomer
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MEET DR SKY - STEVE R. KATES - Astronomer
Steve R. Kates
Steve R. Kates Dr. Sky® has been engaged in the
science of Astronomy for well over thirty years,
having got his first experiences while a young man
from his parents, Bob and Dolores. His first true
observations occurred while just seven years old,
viewing the moon and planets in a ten dollar
telescope provided by family members. The first
real event he saw, was the 1966 Leonid meteor
shower from his home in New York City, atop a tall
building. This encouraged him to make the SKY his
passion and has been so ever since.
Starting in film and television and at a young
age, Steve Kates has worked in many acting and
model roles for major studios and had some roles
in TV commercials of the 1960"s, through his
agent. While a native of New York City, Steve
Kates moved to the suburbs of New Jersey in 1967
and found the night sky once again. Having formed
the Hackensack Astronomy Club, he and his friends
did lots of research on the night sky and were
regular contributors to the popular magazine, "Sky
and Telescope", specializing in Lunar /Solar
observations and Meteor Astronomy.
During his days as a student at Paramus Catholic
High, he began teaching an accredited class in
Astronomy for credit. Once again, Steve had the
public in mind when he and a group of fellow
students had one of the largest public gatherings
in NJ during the time of the late, and not so
great comet, Comet Kohoutek in 1973! During his
college days, Steve began his broadcasting career
with a weekly update on radio station WBAI in New
York, producing "Skywatch," which still remains on
the air to this day with host Robert Knight of the
exciting program "Earthwatch" heard on WBAI on
Wednesday evenings at midnight.
Dr. Sky® also had a regular class on Astronomy on
station WFDU in Teaneck, New Jersey, along with
weekly reports on WFUV (Fordham University) and
the popular rock radio station WDHA 105.5 FM, for
which he served for well over ten years in his
popular drive time "SkyReport. On the television
side, he has worked with CNN as a special
correspondent during the early days of 1982 (New
York) bureau and has provided content for the
superstation WWOR in NJ.
One of the most memorable events was his planning
of a major "Halley's Comet Watch" in 1986, from
High Point State Park in NJ, for well over 5,000
people atop this small spot in NJ. This was
covered heavily by the media.
Having moved to Arizona in 1988, Steve Kates Dr.
Sky® has continued to promote his love of the
night sky and aviation/space science topics. He
has formed a company known as Sky Source, which is
the foundation of Sky Source Productions,
specializing in video and audio programs on many
special interest topics in the realm of
Locally, Steve Kates Dr. Sky® can be seen on a
regular basis on such programs as 3TV's "Good
Morning Arizona" and Fox 10's "Arizona Morning",
sharing the secrets of the night sky and other
related events. In the radio realm-- Steve Kates
has been a contributor to such programs as KFYI's
Wake Up Arizona and has been a regular with KXAM's
1310 AM radio personality Bill Straus, "Straus'
Dr. Sky® has also been a guest numerous times on
the popular morning radio program known as "Beth
and Bill on KEZ and with the evening drive time
duo" Maggie and Marty" also on KEZ 99.9 FM in
Phoenix. Dr. Sky® makes the rounds on the Arizona
News Radio Network, heard on some 20 radio
stations throughout Arizona. Call George Tanner at
602-266-2882 for a listing of stations and times
and sponsorship rates.
Dr. Sky® continues to promote the events in the
sky with a recent public event centered around
such films as "Deep Impact" and "Armageddon" while
showing well over 5,000 interested fans, the
connection between asteroids and impacts on earth.
"Keep your Eyes to the Skies"
Steve Kates Dr. Sky® lives in Phoenix and feels
that this is one of the most wonderful places in
world to view the sky and travels with friends to
a "secret" location once a month in the SW of
Arizona's deserts to continue that special bond
with the night sky.
Steve and his brother Joe are active with the
Maricopa County Sheriff's Office in the Special
Forces Unit and help to fight crime in the sixth
largest metro area in the nation.
My personal interest is to work on helping to see
donations come to the Lions Club in the special
area of helping people with all types of visual
disability's attain the help and comfort that they
need in keeping one of the most precious senses,
sight, knowing how wonderful the experience is to
see the wonders of the SKY. Sight is precious!
Always remember to keep your eyes to the skies !