The Voice of the Illinois Valley is signing off
Lanny Slevin grew up in the late ‘40s and ‘50s in Peoria listening to Harry Caray’s broadcasts of St. Louis Cardinals baseball games and to Chick Hearn calling Bradley University basketball team with a Motorola radio at his bed as he fell asleep. Those broadcasts produced a seed planted that grew inside him and one that those in the Illinois Valley have nurtured for the past 41 years.
At 10 a.m. Friday, Slevin will sign off for the final the as the Sports Voice of the Illinois Valley from the WLPO/WJAK studios in Oglesby. His voice has been one that has greeted us with his early sports reports in the morning and put us to bed late at night for Friday night football and other area events.
“It’s kind of hard to grasp, because I’ve never done it before. I’ve never been not working,” said Slevin, who will turn 71 in August. “It was a childhood dream and miraculously sent me around to a job that I’ve had for 42 years, And it’s hard to say goodbye, but I know that there are beginnings and ends to everything and this is the end.”
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