Alison Levine Bio, Wiki
Alison Levine is best known for being the wife of Les Levine, the beloved Cleveland sportswriter, and broadcaster whose career spanned 50 years, died Wednesday night Jan 3rd at the age of 74 after battling diabetes and Parkinson’s disease.
Les Levine Career
Les Levine was born and raised in Cleveland, Levine graduated with a political science degree from the Ohio State University but had his sights set on being a sportscaster from a very young age. He got his start DJing and doing high school play-by-play in Jasper, Indiana, before returning to Northeast Ohio at Akron’s WNIR in the early 1970s to call local basketball games and double as the station’s sales manager.
Les ended up spending many years calling Kent State and Cleveland State basketball on radio as well as TV and even got a chance to do some Cavaliers contests. Though he never got the permanent pro-play-by-play gig he wanted, he slowly worked his way up the ranks when he began hosting call-in shows on WWWE (now WTAM) 1100 in Cleveland after Ohio State and Indians games in the 1980s.
It was in this format that he found his niche, and by the next decade he was on WERE and then WHK with his own show complete with his signature self-deprecating title: “More Sports & Les Levine.”
“Sports talk is very good in this town,” he once said in an interview with Cleveland Seniors. “Things went very well. Take something like Art Modell selling the Browns: the worst thing that could have happened to Cleveland, [but] the best thing that could have happened to sports talk shows. It brought mainstream audiences to sports talk.”
Les Levine Wife & Children
Levine is survived by his wife Allison, two children, two stepchildren, and multiple grandchildren. Funeral arrangements have not yet been announced.