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Listener Support Wins Job Back for Fired Talk Show Host

Posted by jdodge349 on February 8, 2009

A story in this morning’s Sunday Globe says you can go home again. When more than 8,000 of his fans contacted the WBZ-radio where he had just been laid off, late night knight-of-the airways Steve LeVeille was reinstated. The story is a good read.

The only times I get to listen to late night radio — another form of social media — is coming home from the airport and occasionally when I’m up very early in the morning (I have a wonderful 85-year-old uncle who’s gotten up between 3-4 in the morning his entire life…old school, I guess). Last Fall, I and a group of my buddies were waiting at the gate of Baxter State Park at 4:30 in the morning to do some hiking up a mountain. Word was we would not get a parking space if we did not get there super early.

We were transfixed by a talk show from station whose call letters I forget. Callers were relaying their bizarre encounters with aliens while the host patiently listened.  Leveille  whose web page appears to still be down is more down to earth and clearly a good friend to legions of followers (the Globe story said 17,000 are listening to Leveille at any one time).

His reinstatement shows how important a middle-of-the-night broadcaster can be to insomniacs, early risers and the graveyard shift.

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