As a Bradley University graduate, Los Angeles Dodgers play-by-play announcer Charley Steiner was recognized on Thursday as the university announced it named its sports communication program in honor Steiner.
Steiner graduated from Bradley in 1971 with a bachelor’s degree in speech/theater and he was inducted into the university’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 1991. Steiner reflected on the honor and spoke of the pride it comes with:
My career began at a time when the words ‘sports’ and ‘journalism’ rarely shared the same book, much less the same sentence. Over the years, of course, Sports Communication has morphed into a hundreds-of-billions-of-dollars-a-year industry. Bradley’s history can become a driving force into the future in ways we can’t even begin to project. Being a part of that process going forward, from the place where it all began for me, brings me an overwhelming sense of pride and joy.”
Dr. Jeff Huberman, Dean of the Slane College of Communications and Fine Arts, touched on the benefits that come with Steiner being behind the university’s communication program:
Charley’s generous gift, famous name, and renowned achievements make the Steiner School of Sports Communication the first authentic major league Sports Communication academic program in the country. These additions help Bradley attract the best students from throughout the country and the world to study with the very best faculty and connect with industry professionals.”
Prior to joining the Dodgers, Steiner spent 14 years as a SportsCenter anchor for ESPN and worked for three years with the New York Yankees. His list of career accomplishments also includes four Emmy Awards and induction into the National Radio Hall of Fame.
The 2015 season will mark Steiner’s 11th announcing for the Dodgers.