Ken Levine, a television script writer and producer who has won an Emmy and a Writers Guild Award, has been selected from 94 candidates to become the Baltimore Orioles' new radio voice, WBAL Radio announced yesterday.
Levine, who will team with Jon Miller, is a relative newcomer to the broadcasting profession. He was the play-by-play radio announcer for the Class AAA Syracuse Chiefs in 1988 and for the Class AAA Tidewater Tides in 1989-90, and was an occasional fill-in for Toronto Blue Jays radio and California Angels television broadcasts the last two years.
Levine, who began his broadcasting career in 1968-72 at UCLA, will replace Joe Angel, who left the Orioles to become a broadcaster with the New York Yankees.
Levine, 40, is better known for his other career, during which he has written episodes of "Cheers," "M*A*S*H" and "The Jeffersons." He is currently a contributing writer for the animated hit "The Simpsons." Levine has been nominated for five Emmys and six Writers Guild Awards, winning both awards in 1982 for his work on "Cheers."
On the big screen, Levine was a writer of the 1985 comedy "Volunteers," which starred Tom Hanks and John Candy. He also was a non-credited writer of "Jewel of the Nile," a 1985 movie starring Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner and Danny DeVito.