Cleveland sports broadcast legend Les Levine dies at 74

Cleveland sports broadcast legend Les Levine dies at 74
Cleveland sports broadcast legend Les Levine dies at 74 (Source: Family of Les Levine)

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - The family of Les Levine, Cleveland sports talk legend, announced his death on Wednesday. He was 74.

Levine entered his sports career in 1970, according to a press release. He broadcast over 2,500 sporting events in 39 different states.

Levine’s smart, thoughtful commentary graced our radio waves and television screens for decades. He’s known for countless shows, including for “More Sports & Les Levine” and “More Sportschannel & Les Levine.”

Levine is credited with revolutionizing media. His show was the first to invite the audience to call in live on the air.

He was also the first personality to invite local team beat newspaper writers and columnists on air to share their opinions, according to a press release.

Levine was a columnist for The News Herald, Cleveland Jewish News and Columbus Jewish News, according to a press release.

Levine is a Radio & Television Broadcasters Hall of Fame of Ohio inductee and was honored with the Excellence in Radio Award by the Cleveland Association of Broadcasters.

Levine sought to raise awareness about Parkinson’s Disease and received honors for his efforts.

According to a press release, Les Levine is survived by his wife Allison Levine, children Jeremy (Melissa) Levine, Jamie Levine (Elan) Daniel, step-children Mara (Victor) Bendersky and Adam Mesnick, Grandchildren Leia, Mallory, Noah, Vida and Mayla, brothers Stuart (Leslee) Levine and William (Nancy) Levine.

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