Lincoln, NE – A brilliant broadcasting career spanning nearly 6 decades is ending.KFOR Sports Director Chuck Stevens is stepping down from the post December 21st, ending an incredible 55 years behind the microphone.
Stevens got his first start in radio as a junior in high school in 1957 working at KOLR in Sterling, Colorado. He started as a part-time board operator but soon worked his way up through the Distributive Education program, which allowed Chuck to go to school in the morning and work afternoons.
Chuck’s sports career began in the 1960’s during his time at KOLN-TV in Lincoln. From there, he moved on to KLIN radio and then KLMS, before joining the KFOR family in 1982. His deep, commanding voice has kept listeners on the edge of their seats ever since.
Although Chuck worked his way up the broadcasting ladder, he advises others entering the field to get as much education as they can first. He says that the broadcasting programs that were available to him pale in comparison to the ones available today. He also points to the unbelievable changes that radio has undergone throughout his career, further emphasizing the need for education.
Chuck claims that his decision to retire comes at a time when you have to “face reality.” Stevens turns 72 in April, 7 years past what he calls the “so-called 65 retirement age.” As far as retirement plans, Chuck says he has nothing solid in mind or in place. He says that his wife, Connie, is not “quite at retirement age” and will be in the work place for a while yet. He says she will have to get used to having him in the house now when she gets ready for work. Chuck also hopes to spend more time with his 4 children and 6 grandchildren after he hangs up the microphone for the last time.
An outpouring of well-wishes have come from a community that will truly miss the voice of an iconic broadcaster. Coaches and broadcasters continue to voice their memories and support in honor of Chuck this week on the KFOR Morning Show with Dave and Cathy.
Everyone with the Three Eagles Communications family wishes Chuck the absolute best on his next step through life’s journey.