Matt Loede – Senior Editor
Matt Loede has been a die-hard Steelers fan since the age of four. Being born and raised in a suburb just outside of Cleveland, it took a pair of Steelers pajamas and a Browns playoff loss in the 1980 season to the Raiders (Red Right 88) to convert Matt into a follower of Steeler Nation.
The first game he recalls is the 1982 playoff loss to Dan Fouts and the Chargers in a game where clearly the Steelers outplayed the Chargers, only to lose 31-28. Over the next few seasons, he went through the struggles of players like Mark Malone, Cliff Stoudt, Louis Lipps, Todd Blackledge, Bubby Brister, Dwight Stone, Merril Hoge and more.
Matt’s first game at Three Rivers Stadium came in Bill Cowher’s rookie season of 1992, as the Steelers beat the Browns on the last week of the regular season to clinch an 11-5 record and home field in the AFC for the playoffs. That would be squandered with a loss two weeks later to the eventual Super Bowl bound Bills.
After a 9-7 1993 season, life changed for Matt and the Steelers, as in 1994 he attended a local broadcasting school in the Cleveland area, and began working upon graduation for an all-sports station in Cleveland, WHK 1420am. He was known simply as “Steeler” Matt, and began making the trek to Steelers games attending the games as a member of the media.
In 1995 after a heartbreaking loss to the Chargers in the AFC Title game in 1994, Matt took a step away from the business, only to land late that season in Canton, Ohio, working for small AM station 900am, WCER, which was a Steelers radio affilliate. In the 1996 season, Matt attended all 11 Steelers home games (preseason and playoffs included), and did a daily Steelers report, plus a two-hour Monday night Steelers show.
He left Canton in 1997, but continued to work in the business for networks like AP, Fox Sports Radio, ESPN Radio, Sporting News Radio, CBS Radio, and more. Today he runs the Sports Gab Network, a network of popular sports blogs.
He also now helps out 660am WPYT in Pittsburgh, and last season did a Monday morning Steelers one-hour show called “Steelers Gab.” He also attended Super Bowl XLIII as a member of the media, and also was at five Steelers games in the press box at Heinz Field.
Today Matt covers 140-160 games per season in all sports, but it’s those few every year in Pittsburgh that he treasures the most, and will continue to do so as he takes Steelers Gab to new heights.
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