TAMPA, Fla (WFLA) Longtime WDAE radio sports talk host and personality Steve Duemig died Thursday morning following a battle with brain cancer. Nicknamed “The Big Dog”, Duemig ruled the afternoon airwaves for more than two decades, sharing opinions and insights on the Buccaneers, Rays, Lightning and all national sports news.
WDAE announced the news Thursday afternoon, noting his multiple roles with the station over the years, which included color analyst for the Tampa Bay Lightning for two seasons.
Duemig was appreciated for his honest opinions, which were not always accepted unanimously by listeners, even some of the local teams. This is what set him apart from the competition from the late 1990’s all the way to his final appearances on the radio in 2018. He was known for listening to viewers and debating topics with a blunt delivery that his fans loved to hear. Most of all, Duemig earned respect and made bay area sports fans switch to his show, when driving home from work.
Duemig’s reputation even touched top executives witih the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. On Thursday, Bucs Co-chairman Bryan Glazer released a statement upon hearing the news of Duemig’s passing:
“We are saddened to hear of the passing of Steve Duemig earlier today. Steve was an iconic figure in the Tampa Bay sports-radio landscape who earned the very appropriate nickname as the ‘Big Dog’ because he was a very influential voice on the airwaves when it came to sports in our area. His genuine love of sports, as well as his passion for the Tampa Bay community, were always on full display over his nearly three decades on the radio in our market. We send our deepest condolences to his wife Jennifer and the entire Duemig family.”