Tuesday, June 5, 2012

WBZ's overnight host Steve LeVeille is retiring
Insomniacs and night owls within the wide range of WBZ 1030's powerful nighttime signal have something else to lose sleep over: They're losing a longtime overnight companion.

WBZ's overnight host Steve LeVeille will say goodbye to his listeners on the last edition of "The Steve LeVeille Broadcast" this Thursday night/Friday morning(12am-5am).

LeVeille, 57, informed station's program director Peter Casey via a phone call on Monday that he has decided to retire.

He had been working in Boston radio for the past 35 years and at WBZ since 1991. He was named WBZ's overnight host back in June 1999 after Bob Raleigh retired. LeVeille, a Burlington native and Emerson College alum, who grew up listening to Larry Glick on WBZ to started his Boston radio career at the now-defunct all-news WEEI 590 in 1977.

Here's the official WBZ announcement on LeVeille's retirement :


LONGTIME WBZ NEWSRADIO TALK SHOW HOST,
STEVE LEVEILLE, ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT
               
Boston, MA – June 5, 2012 --  Steve LeVeille, longtime personality on WBZ NewsRadio 1030, has decided to retire after thirteen years of hosting “The Steve LeVeille Broadcast.”  WBZ NewsRadio Director of News and Programming, Peter Casey, made the announcement today.  LeVeille’s retirement will become official at the end of the week.

"Steve called yesterday and informed me of his decision.  Although it came as a surprise, I do know Steve enjoys his time in Maine and had always thought that he would retire there sometime.  I just didn't think it would be this soon.  Steve has been a tremendously creative broadcaster and friend to the overnight audience here at WBZ, and he will be missed."

LeVeille, 57, said it had always been his goal to retire early: "This is a quality of life decision for my wife, Diane, and me.  We have been making moves during the past number of years to be able to do this without any particular date in mind.  We have just reached a point where we said the time is right now.  After spending most of our weekends and vacation time in Maine for the last fifteen years we are looking forward to making it our year round home."

LeVeille is a native of the Boston area and was familiar with WBZ NewsRadio as a teenager saying "I grew up in the Boston area listening to Larry Glick on WBZ.  And as cliché as it sounds, it was the dream of a teenager to do the overnight show on WBZ and I am proud to be able to retire from that position."   

LeVeille has worked in radio for more than 35 years and has been with WBZ since 1991.  LeVeille began his career at all-news WEEI in 1977 as a news writer and producer.  He worked for ABC News in New York as an assignment editor and writer from 1980 to 1986.  From 1991 to 1997, LeVeille worked for Monitor Radio as a program host and news anchor on nationally and internationally broadcast programs.  He was also heard frequently as a news anchor on WBUR in the 1990s.  Of the awards he has won for excellence in broadcasting Steve’s favorite is the 1988 Associated Press Massachusetts Broadcasters award for Best Sports Commentary for pieces he did for WAAF.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030 is owned by CBS RADIO, a division of CBS Corporation.  CBS RADIO, one of the largest major-market radio operators in the United States, operates 130 radio stations including Boston’s WBMX-FM (MIX 104.1), WBZ-AM (NewsRadio 1030), WBZ-FM (98.5 The Sports Hub), WODS-FM (103.3), and WZLX-FM (Classic Rock 100.7).


BRW Notebook :

Shutting off the lights : Late(around 11pm) last Saturday(6/2) night, WFNX 101.7's Twitter feed announced that the station's final day on air would be Saturday, July 21st. The 29-year rock alternative station which is being bought by corporate radio empire Clear Channel will be done for good on that day.  The station is expected to have a live on-air party to remember and celebrate the history of WFNX. After the 21st, the station will become automated/jockless without any staff until Clear Channel's official FCC license takeover. Stay tuned to this space and BRW's twitter feed(@bostonradio) for further details on July 21st event.

24 comments:

Nancy said...

Steve said that the Program Management would like suggestions for a replacement... so I would like to say I love listening to Jordan Rich. He has a great variety of shows and topics. I think he is smart, level headed, and I like his style. He has a tremendously varied background and a great radio voice. I would like to see him have more opportunity on the broadcast if he is open to it...

I vote for Jordan!

Dave (in MA) said...

I can't argue about the voice, but otherwise Jordan Rich and Morgan White Jr. seem to have perfected the art of being boring. I can't think of anything worse than his interviews of authors whose books he feigns interest in. Oh wait--I can: the trivia games where both he and Morgan end up giving hits up to and including the correct answer to the semi-sentient callers.

Anonymous said...

I am so, completely, bummed over this. Especially when holiday season 2012 comes and his wonderful shows around Thanksgiving and Christmas will no longer be heard.

Anonymous said...

I'd prefer WBZ-1030 would replace Steve LeVeille with a local host(ess), but I fear that he'll be replaced with a syndicated program.

Diogenes said...

Dan Rea to Steve's slot, and Bradley J to Dan's.

Anonymous said...

Please somebody new. Tired of trivia, baseball, politics. Need someone fun who likes fun topics. Great topics are recipes, favorite vacation spots, home rememdies. Things where you can get new ideas for your life rather then the same tired topics, that no matter how long you discuss them, you're not going to make a change anyway.

Anonymous said...

Please find some TALENT and that means keeping the World's Most Boring Man Jordan Rich sequestered to the near-death weekend demographics and leaving Morgan White as a fill-in for someone new. Bradley J might be OK until BZ can find someone with enough heft to fill SL's shoes.

Anonymous said...

Steve was "tired" the last few years. He refused to do interviews and introduce interesting people on his show.

Anonymous said...

Steve will be out sick on his last night. I have worked for 35 years and have a total of 7 sick days. Steve averages 2 per week. Know wonder WBZ is asking him to retire

Anonymous said...

Morgan White has the first show of the post-Leveille era. He announced he would have it 2 nights, then another host for the next 3. However, WBZ is promoting it as "live and local" radio - which bodes well. Morgan called the show "WBZ Overnight", after almost slipping and starting to call it "the Steve Leveille Broadcast." - W3MIT

Anonymous said...

Dan Rea is the best, and I like Bradley J too.

Anonymous said...

Still miss David Brudnoy. Like Jordan, but is just too dry, plus too many musical guests. It is talk radio.

Lily said...

Nobody can replace Steve...he is unique. To WBZ: please do not hire Morgan White to fill this spot. He is very boring. The fellow who has been doing it on Wednesdays, Thirsdays & Fridays is really good and interesting. He would be a good choice.

Lily

Anonymous said...

Dean Johnson has been doing an excellent job filling in.

Anonymous said...

I vote for Bradley Jay or Morgan White. Steve Laveille was getting really nasty to callers and quite boring .
I'm not crazy about this new guy, Dean Johnson, he's too much of a milktoast but I quess I need to give him a chance, is he temporary ?

Jim P said...

First choice is Jordan Rich if he wants it.

Second choice is Bradley Jay.

Third is dean Johnson.

Leave Morgan White as a fill in.

Anonymous said...

I agree with Lily Steve was "unique." Even the laziness was part of that. Who knew if he'd even report for work?

I'll miss him and enjoyed the folksiness, temper, sloth, cheapness, and just general assholeish attitude which purveyed his show.

My regret is I haven't taken the time to call since the war. This time I was the lazy one.

Anonymous said...

i wish we could hear more of Pat Desmaris. He is my favorite...Steve was okay but I got the feeling he never really prepared for the show. I did think he was getting grouchy often. I do hope all is well and that he and Diane enjoy their retirement.

Brian from Beverly, MA said...

The John & Jeff Show would be great as a replacement. They have won numerous awards and fill in occasionally on 96.9 now. I know one of the hosts is from Rhode Island.

If the choices are between Bradley Jay, Morgan White or Jordan Rich, I would prefer them in that order. I hope Mel Simon continues to be a guest.

Anonymous said...

I vote for Morgan White, Jr.

Anonymous said...

Not Bradley J hes too political and obnoxious and very self righteous.

He is also extremely loud.

Bullwinke J. Moose said...

jordan rich makes me Puke.

Bullwinkle J. Moose said...

dan rea (r-ma) is always WRONG.

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