WBZ announced today that the longtime overnight talk host is retiring at the end of the week. In a statement, WBZ NewsRadio Director of News and Programming Peter Casey said:
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, grew up listening to Larry Glick and said he knew early on he wanted to host the overnight show on a Boston station. In a statement today, he said:
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 yearsÂ we are looking forward to making it our year round home.
In 2009, WBZ forced LeVeille off the air, but brought him back after protests from outraged fans.