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Here's a look at what's 'out there' for today – Friday, June 26 – about your Seattle Seahawks.
Happy retirement to Steve Raible!
After 38 years of reporting the news for KIRO 7, Steve is officially stepping away from his day job to enjoy some free time with his wife, Sharon. And before anyone panics, yes, he will stay in his current role as the 'Voice of the Seahawks' on the team's radio broadcasts.
Raible announced the decision back in February, which feels like years ago given everything that has unfolded since. In fact, with so many important stories to cover lately, he actually stayed a full month longer than originally anticipated. But now, the final day on the job has arrived. Steve's last broadcast will take place tonight at 5 p.m. on KIRO.
Steve joined KIRO after a six-year career playing wide receiver for the Seahawks, starting with their inaugural season in 1976, and he has remained ever since.
"I've had two jobs in my adult life, working for the Seahawks as a player and broadcaster and working for KIRO 7 radio and television," Raible told the Seattle Times in a story in February. "And I've been able to make that decision both times. Not a lot of guys can do that, especially in football. You're told that, 'Hey, listen, you don't figure into our plans anymore. You're just not quite fast enough.' Or, 'We've got young guys who are making less money.'
"This way I kind of made that choice myself. It's the same with the TV gig. Because those young guys are coming in this business, too. Those guys with more hair and a deeper voice and who look better on camera."
Raible hopes to spend his newfound free time traveling with Sharon and enjoying his family. Of course, some of those hours will still be spent providing play-by-play for Seahawks games, and we're thankful for that.
Take a look back at former wide receiver and current radio broadcaster Steve Raible through the years. Raible played all six seasons in the NFL with the Seahawks, 1976-1981, which included Seattle's inaugural season.
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With more time than ever to prepare for games, head coach Pete Carroll expects Raible's radio broadcasts to elevate even further.
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