Press Release 8/22/18

(Kent, Connecticut) – The Kent Memorial Library is pleased to announce that Kent resident Rick Levy will be discussing “The Evolution of Television News As I Lived It” on Saturday, September 15 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. in the Reading Room.

Join us for a review of television news from Edward R. Murrow and Walter Cronkite to Sean Hannity and Laura Ingraham. How did we get there? And what is the future? A registered news junkie, Kent resident, Rick Levy entered the world of television in 1950. His career spanned 60+ years. During that time, TV news changed from a reliable source of information to what it is today.

“While looking back at my career in television, I decided to conduct a local mini-survey where I asked two questions: Where do you get your news information (TV, newspaper, online, social media, etc.) and how do you know it’s the truth?” Rick Levy remarks. “I decided it would make an interesting program to discuss the history of television news and its evolution some 60+ years later,” he continues.

His first foray into broadcasting started at CBS News and in the mailroom at CBS. Levy’s background also includes positions as general sales manager at TV stations in Columbus, Ohio, and New Orleans, Louisiana. He was among a handful of people to start Television Program Enterprises (TPE) in 1980 and helped launch “Solid Gold,” “Entertainment Tonight,” “ Star Search,” and “Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous” to the advertising and broadcasting communities. Levy joined King World Productions in 1984 to found Camelot Entertainment Sales, the highly successful barter advertising company at that time, launching “Wheel of Fortune,” “Jeopardy,” and “OPRAH.” Later he ran several barter sales organizations, all of which he formed.

Rick Levy is a civic activist. He has a long list of volunteer activities in Kent since moving here full time in 1996 which includes serving as a twice elected Selectman.

Rick and his artist wife Leslie Lillien Levy live in Kent Hollow with their Bichon Skipper.

This program is free & open to public. Seating is limited, please register by calling 860-927-3761, going to online calendar, emailing, or registering at the library.