Dynamic Duos

Nine pairs of people who, through their unique partnerships—some romantic, some not—make Denver a more interesting, entertaining and welcoming place to live.

February 2014

Radio Heads
Alice 105.9 drive-time DJs Slacker and Steve have been happily finishing each other’s sentences for seven years.

5280: So how did you first get together?

Steve: He roofied me.

Slacker: That’s only half true. I was touring with a band, and we’d do interviews at radio stations. We were playing the Paramount with Dokken…

Steve: …rockin’ with Dokken!

Slacker: Steve was doing nights here at Alice…

Steve: [in mock-badass growl] …Alice Amplified—’80s cock rock.

Slacker: He interviewed me on-air, but I quit the band shortly thereafter. We became friends, and I quickly realized Steve had amazingly soft hands, which meant he’d never done an honest day’s work. That appealed to me, so he got me an internship…

Steve: …but then I left the station. Seven years later I was working in Detroit when Slacker lost his radio partner here at Alice. He called me and asked if I wanted to come back. I sat there struggling…Detroit…Denver…Detroit…Denver.

Slacker: As I was on the phone with him I heard tires screeching and said, “Wait, I didn’t mean now!”

5280:  The show’s subject matter varies; how do you decide what to talk about?

Slacker: We scour the Twitterverse and Facebook pages to see what everyone’s talking about. Then we meet before the show to figure out what to focus on.

Steve: Boom!

Slacker: Steve’s single with no kids, and I have a wife and a kid, so we look for things that appeal to both of us. If we get fired up and start yelling at each other, we know it’s interesting enough to go on the air.

5280: Was there a moment when you realized your show was taking off?

Steve: We’re still waiting.

Slacker: But we’d be doing this whether we got paid or not. We’d just be sitting in…

Steve: …a bar—or rehab…

Slacker: …or in the corner talking to ourselves, but this company is stupid enough to keep writing us paychecks and turning on the mics.

Steve: Amen.