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Laura Steele interviews IndyCar driver Conor Daly during red-carpet festivities for the May 2 Rev party at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. (Photo: Michelle Pemberton / IndyStar)

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (May 11, 2015)– Prominent rock ‘n’ roll radio personality Laura Steele won’t be heard on WFBQ-94.7 (FM) after Saturday, our news-gathering partners at the IndyStar report.

The midday DJ at the classic rock station decided “to realign some of her career objectives” and will “resign her position,” iHeart Media market president Rick Green wrote Monday in an email to staff members.

Steele, a Pike High School alum and 1990 graduate of Columbia College Chicago, didn’t elaborate on her plans.

“I am excited about my next adventure,” said Steele, who worked at Q95 for 15 years. “Thanks to the listeners who rocked with me along the way. It’s been a great run.”

In 2004, Steele became the first woman to join the Indianapolis Motor Speedway public address team.

Pop station WZPL-FM (99.5) provided Steele’s first job in Indianapolis radio, and she raised her profile as a classic rock expert at WNAP-FM (93.1), beginning in 1999, and then at Q95, beginning in 2000.

As a voice-track DJ, Steele has been heard on radio stations in Dallas, Cincinnati, Milwaukee, San Antonio, Nashville, Tenn., Charlotte, N.C., San Jose, Calif., and Syracuse, N.Y.

Green’s email highlighted Steele’s calendar that’s packed with evening events she hosts or MCs. This spring, she’s been seen and heard at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Rev party, the annual Campus Superstar competition at the Indianapolis Museum of Art and the Pattern magazine launch party at IMS.

“She has been very active with many charitable events over the years and will continue to volunteer with many,” Green wrote. “We appreciate all the dedication and hard work Laura has provided to our company, stations and community.”

This story originally ran on IndyStar.com.