Steve Duemig dies after a long battle with cancer

The Tampa Bay area lost one of their most loved radio personalities today as Steve “The Big Dog” Duemig finally lost his battle with cancer.

We at Sports Talk Florida would like also send our condolences to the entire Duemig family for their loss. He was an outstanding broadcaster and member of the community.

In 1991 he began his radio career in Tampa at WFNS where he he established himself as a true talk show host. He then made the move over to WDAE 620 AM in 1996 where he was the station’s top personality until his last afternoon drive time host in February of 2018 when his treatments would not allow him keep up the schedule needed do his show.

Many people came out with their sadness about his passing including the Tampa Bay Bucs.

“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.”

It’s with great sadness I tell you Steve Duemig has passed away. He spent many years talking sports on the radio in Tampa. And he was a friend. The family asked me to tell you they thank you for all your prayers, love & support. Service details will be forthcoming. #RIPBigDog— Charley Belcher FOX (@CharleyBelcher) May 16, 2019

Sad to hear about the passing of Steve Duemig. We sometimes disagreed over the years, but we treated each other with respect. He is, no question, the most famous sports-talk radio host in Tampa Bay history. Prayers to his family.— Tom Jones (@TomWJones) May 16, 2019

Cancer sucks. Steve bravely fought it for years. As Stuart Scott said, Steve didn’t lose his fight. He won by how he lived, why he lived & the manner in which he lived. Now he can rest. For yrs we talked football on Fridays @953WDAE & I enjoyed every visit — Warren Sharp (@SharpFootball) May 16, 2019

Always loved having Big Dog’s show on in our booth before #Rays games. Steve Duemig was one of a kind.#RIPBigDog

— RaysRadio (@RaysRadio) May 16, 2019