by Laura Nachman
May 19, 2005
After last night’s farewell broadcast on WCAU-10, Philadelphia newsman Steve Levy, 58, will be riding off into the sunset, literally, as he’ll be riding horses and more on the Colorado ranch where he will live.
The recently-engaged Levy said he is not retiring, just leaving television full-time, so he can spend half the year on his ranch. He’ll continue to spend the other half of the year in his hometown of Philadelphia, where his two grown children live.
The Olney High and Temple University graduate has spent 30-years on Philadelphia television. He began his career in town as a sportscaster on KYW-3 in 1974, followed by a few successful years on WPVI-6 (which according to Levy was getting 60-shares in the ‘70’s). He made the jump to news when he joined WCAU-10 in 1982.
At WCAU-10, Levy co-hosted “Ten Around Town,” and anchored the evening and morning news. When asked how he survived at one station for over twenty-years, he said “luck.”
According to Levy, one viewer was so upset about Levy’s departure, she was crying on the phone about it.
He added, “When people choose to turn to a station, they are inviting you into your home. I want to thank the viewers of Philadelphia. It has been an honor.”
For the future, Levy said he hopes to do some TV work, possibly being a spokesperson for the food industry, since he worked for many years on the restaurant beat for Channel 10.
Levy said he’ll miss his longtime Channel 10 co-workers Cherie Bank, Bill Baldini, and his replacement on the morning news Terry Ruggles. He’ll see many of his old friends at an upcoming 85th birthday party for former WCAU-10 personality Gene Crane.
Viewers may send wishes to Levy at www.nbc10.com.
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