Larry Levite, the CEO and publisher of Buffalo Spree Publishing, passed away Wednesday after a brief illness. He was 77.
Levite was well known in western New York media.
He graduated from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York and attended the University at Buffalo Law School.
Levite began his career in radio in the late 1960's, first as a salesman, then became general manager and eventually owner of WBEN AM/FM from 1978 until 1994. He is credited with bringing the station to the number one position in its market.
Levite bought Buffalo Spree in 1998, transforming it into a monthly magazine filled with informative content aimed at Western New Yorkers.
Levite's colleagues say he was great to work with. They say he called himself the 'Chairman of Fun.'
He is survived by his family, including his wife, Sharon, and his sons, Josh and Adam.