Seattle Great Wheel to light up blue Friday in honor of Steve Raible’s retirement from KIRO 7

Seattle Great Wheel to light up blue Friday in honor of Steve Raible’s retirement from KIRO 7
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SEATTLE — The Seattle Great Wheel will light up blue on Friday in honor of Steve Raible’s retirement from KIRO 7.

The wheel will be blue from 4 to 9 p.m. as Raible signs off after 38 years.

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From the tragedy of the Pang Warehouse Fire in 1995 to the triumph of the Seahawks Super Bowl Parade in 2014, Raible has always been there to help keep viewers informed on the biggest stories in the Pacific Northwest.

Raible retired from the NFL in the summer of 1982 after a six-year career with the Seattle Seahawks to become part of the KIRO 7 family.

He’s interviewed presidents in Barack Obama and George H.W. Bush. He’s worked with some of the best anchors, reporters and producers in the region.

And now, he will turn his attention to spending more time with his family and traveling the world while remaining committed to giving back to the community.

“I just couldn’t see myself going anywhere else,” Raible said about the Pacific Northwest. “There was never any doubt that this is where (My wife Sharon and I) were going to finish our career. This is where we were going to stay because this is the community that we love.”   

“KIRO gave us such a wonderful opportunity after Steve’s football career to stay in the city that we love. We were privileged to have met so many creative and talented people both at KIRO and in the community,” Sharon Raible said. “I will miss all the people at KIRO and in the community that have helped Steve all these years and I want to thank them so much. It is time to move on, a little sad, but knowing that we leave KIRO and the viewers in capable hands. Our best to you all.”

Ahead of Raible’s final newscast on Friday, KIRO 7 is taking a stroll down memory lane to honor the man who has given decades to the community and the KIRO 7 Newsroom.

Make sure to watch a 30-minute special at 7 p.m. Thursday as KIRO 7 presents “Raible’s Retirement: Thank you, Steve!”

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