The voice of the airwaves, Steve Adams of Energy 106 will be emceeing this year’s Winnipeg March for Mental Health on May 6th. In preparation for the annual event, Steve took us through his amazing career and his connection to the mental health community.
Please tell us a bit about you broadcasting work. What would you want people to know?
I’ve worked in Winnipeg radio for about 15 years now, doing everything from news, to country, to classic hits, to top 40, which is where I am currently at Energy 106, where I’m also the music director. To get into media in the first place, I took Creative Communications at Red River College, where I majored in journalism. And before I got into radio, I worked for a number of years as a nightclub DJ, predominantly at the Tijuana Yacht Club.
What is your connection to mental health?
For starters, I had the pleasure of MC’ing your event last year! I’ve been fortunate though, neither I, nor anyone in my immediate family has suffered from any mental health issues, but recently, someone very close to me revealed that they struggle with depression. It’s a frustrating thing to deal with, because you try to help them, you try to offer assistance, or cheer them up, but there aren’t any easy solutions, and you feel helpless.
Why do you think something like the Winnipeg March for Mental Health has value?
I think everyone has crossed paths with someone with a mental health issue – be it a close friend or family member, or a co-worker or casual acquaintance. Whether it’s something as manageable as seasonal affective disorder, or something as severe as suicide, it’s something that affects everybody in one way or another, and it’s becoming more and more common, so it should be highlighted and addressed as easily and as openly as possible.
Steve Adams is our brilliant MC of the Winnipeg March for Mental Health. Catch Steve Adams and the Energy 106 crew on May 6, 2017 at St. Vital Park from 1pm-4pm.