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Bruce Levine Exits ESPN 1000

Veteran baseball reporter Bruce Levine exited WMVP-AM/ESPN 1000/ESPN Chicago today, after over two decades with the station. His contract, which expires on Monday, is not being renewed by ESPN.

Bruce Levine joined WMVP-AM in 1992, six years before it was even owned by ESPN. He had been the top baseball beat reporter for the station and its website, covering both the Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox. Levine was also the host of WMVP-AM's "Talking Baseball," which was most recently heard each Saturday morning from 9:00am-Noon, and appeared regularly throughout the baseball season on all of the station's local sports talk shows.

On his final episode of "Talking Baseball" on ESPN 1000 today, Levine said goodbye to his listeners. He also wrote on Twitter today: "Thanks for listening to me here the last 22 years."

For over thirty years, Bruce Levine has been covering sports in Chicago -- not just baseball, but also football and basketball. In addition to his many years with WMVP-AM, Levine has been a sport writer/reporter for the Chicago Sun-Times and Sporting News.

Among the many awards and honors Levine has won include four Achievement in Radio (AIR) Awards.

Long considered one of the best baseball reporters in Chicago, could Bruce Levine be heard on another local radio station before the start of next baseball season? Levine and current WSCR-AM/670 The Score Program Director Mitch Rosen have a close friendship, dating back twenty years to when they both worked at WMVP-AM, when it was owned by Evergreen Media and branded as AM 1000. Of course, the man who ran Evergreen Media in the 1990s was Jimmy de Castro, the same man who is now the President and General Manager of WGN Radio.

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