LOGAN – Hall of Fame Broadcaster Al Lewis announced his retirement from KVNU Monday morning on the air.

He is hanging up the microphone after over five decades of welcoming Cache Valley to each day. His friendly voice is the first thing many Northern Utah residents hear on their way to work or school in the morning. He also is the trusted voice of Aggie sports. Aggie fans have listened to him on game day for decades.

Over the years he broadcasted over 1,000 Aggie sporting events and had been the voice of Logan High School sports for a quarter of a century.

“It’s getting harder and harder to get up at 4:15 a.m. every morning,” Lewis said. “I don’t have much more to give.”

His retirement wasn’t a surprise for some of his colleagues. He let station owner Kent Frandsen know when he was inducted into the Utah Broadcaster’s Hall of Fame in 2017, “I wasn’t sure how long I would keep going.”

Lewis knew he wanted to get into broadcasting when he was young. He started his broadcasting career while attending a Las Vegas high school in 1969.

“My father got a job in Las Vegas, so we moved there, a lot of people thought I went to high school at Logan High, but I only attended a year there.”

When he returned to Logan to attend Utah State University he got a job at the station and never looked back.

Over the years there have major news stories that have come his way. Local, hard news like murder or missing children, to national news like 9-11.

“There have been good stories, too,” he said. “I’ve had the opportunity to interview good people like USU athletes. It’s been interesting to show people something about people they don’t know.“

All Lewis ever wanted to do was work in broadcasting.

“I got the job I love and wanted to do for all this time,” he said. “I found I could do other things to make it full-time to make the money I needed. I haven’t regretted going to work at KVNU.”

Lewis started a weekend sports show in August of 1972 at KVNU.

He worked for the Bullen family then someone else bought the stations for about 18 months before Kent Frandsen took over the stations.

“Now that I don’t have to get up early, I hope I can sleep in past 4:15 in the morning,” Lewis said. “I hope l have more time to do more things.”

He may be seen on the golf course trying to better his score.

Lewis has been a rock of the Cache Valley Media Group for decades and will me missed.

“It has been a joy and a pleasure to come to work each day and see Al consistently working hard at his craft,” said Kent Frandsen, president and CEO of Cache Valley Media Group. “He has been a consummate professional and elevated our entire company with his professionalism and connection to the community.”

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