Stephen Capen

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Stephen Capen
Birth nameStephen Harold Capen
Born(1946-02-28)February 28, 1946
Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S.[1]
DiedSeptember 12, 2005(2005-09-12) (aged 59)
Plymouth, Massachusetts, U.S.
Previous show(s)Futurist Radio Hour
Spouse(s)Susan Wu[1]
ChildrenMelissa, Ian, Ami, Steve, Charles and James[1]

Stephen Harold Capen (February 28, 1946 - September 12, 2005) was an American Radio announcer and disc jockey whose humor found favor with audiences in several major cities but particularly in the San Francisco Bay Area. In the mid-1960s, he began his radio career in Caribou, Maine.


Early life and education[edit]

Capen, the second of four children, was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts[1] to Hobart Ashley Capen and Mary Capen (née Morgan).[citation needed]


The 1960s & 1970s[edit]

WFST in Caribou, ME (1965 - 1966).
WBZA in Glens Falls, NY (1966 - 1967).
WAAB in Worcester, MA (1967 - 1968).
WDRC-FM in Hartford, Connecticut (1969).
WCCC in Hartford, Connecticut (1969 -1970).
WGLD in Chicago, IL (Afternoons, 1970-1971)
CJOM in Windsor, Ontario (Detroit market) (1970-1972).
WNCR in Cleveland, Ohio (1972-1976).
WCOZ in Boston, Massachusetts (1976-1979).

The 1980s[edit]

KSAN-FM in San Francisco, CA in (1980 - 1981) - (Last year of its pioneering 12-year run as a progressive rock station before it switched to a country format).
KSFX (FM) in San Francisco, CA (1981 - 1982) - "Rock N Stereo" (with Rosie Allen).
KMEL in San Francisco, CA (1984 - 1985).
WXRK (K-Rock) in New York City, New York (1988 - 1989) - Hosted the afternoon drive-time slot that had been vacated by Howard Stern when Stern moved to mornings and began national syndication of his show.

The 1990s[edit]

Capen resisted the media-merger consolidation of radio stations and developed alternative interests in psychology, photography and travel, writing for publications including San Francisco magazine, The Village Voice, the Pacific Sun, Shambhala Sun, Writer's Digest, and LensWork Quarterly, lecturing at the University of San Francisco and California State University, Hayward, and making pilgrimages to Cuba, China, Greece, and the mountains of Peru. He filed occasional broadcast reports for CBS News Radio and its affiliated network of stations, reported news for KVON/KVYN-FM in Napa, California, and, in his final radio work in July 2004, commentaries from Boston's 2004 Democratic National Convention for CBS all-news affiliate KNX (AM) in Los Angeles, California.


Capen died on September 12, 2005 near Plymouth, Massachusetts of lung cancer. He was 59 years old.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Stephen Capen -- radio DJ known for parachute prank". San Francisco Chronicle. 19 September 2005. Retrieved 28 June 2016.

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