On Aug. 1, 1993, Steve Levy started his new job at ESPN. Six days later, he hosted SportsCenter for the first time. And the rest is history.
Today, Levy celebrates his 30th anniversary at ESPN in a career that has touched almost every sport and platform. One of ESPN’s signature voices, he now leads ESPN’s NHL studio team in addition to calling games. He also continues to contribute to pro and college football coverage on TV and radio.
“I realize each and every day how fortunate I am to be in the same place for these 30 years,” said Levy. “I vividly remember the excitement of my very first day in Bristol, and I still have that same excitement every time that little red light comes on.”
“Steve is a valued, trusted, and respected colleague who also is one of the best teammates anyone could ever hope for,” said Norby Williamson, ESPN Executive Editor & Head of Event & Studio Production.
“His versatility and talent have allowed him to succeed anywhere he has been on ESPN platforms – from being a linchpin on SportsCenter to doing NFL and college football play-by-play and to being the face of our NHL coverage.
“We congratulate Steve on his 30th anniversary and look forward to working with him for many more years.”
A native of New York’s Long Island, Levy began his television career at WTOP-TV in 1983 as an undergraduate at SUNY-Oswego.
He worked at the station for four years at Oswego State and was sports director for two years (1986-87). Levy also called play-by-play for Oswego State’s hockey team on WOCR Radio, and he had his own column “Levy’s Lines” (1984-87). He served as sports editor his senior year for The Oswegonian college newspaper.
After graduation and working his way up through the ranks, Levy made it to WCBS-TV in New York, where he was a sports anchor in 1992 and 1993 before moving to ESPN.
“I’m just so lucky to be able to still work in sports doing what I love to do,” he said.
“I remain a massive sports fan – in fact, I’m going to a minor league baseball game tonight.
“My hope is that when it’s time for my three young kids to go get a job, that they find something that makes them feel as joyous and fulfilled as I remain today.”
EDITOR’S NOTE: In 2018, Levy’s colleagues saluted his 25 years at ESPN in the video below.
Shelby L. Lacy and Andy Hall produced the video