Dodgers shuffle broadcasting lineup
Steiner moves to radio only; part-time TV partner for Lyons sought
LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers are juggling their broadcasting lineup, moving Charley Steiner from television to radio exclusively, and are in the process of interviewing for a television partner for Steve Lyons on the roughly 40 road games outside the division that Hall of Famer Vin Scully misses.
"We're excited to be providing our fans with more consistency on our KABC broadcasts," said Josh Rawitch, vice president of communications.
"Previously, you could turn on the radio and not really know who you're going to hear, but now you know that you'll have the best ever -- Vin Scully -- for the first three innings, followed by the great tandem of Charley and Rick Monday for the remainder of the game."
Jerry Reuss, who has been part of the broadcast team, will not return on the air but will remain in the organization.
"Jerry remains a very valuable member of the organization, and we expect he'll still be part of our Speaker's Bureau and take part in any number of Dodgers events," said Rawitch. "His place in Dodgers history is set in stone, and this is not any indication of what we think of him as a person or broadcaster. We just wanted our fans to have a little more consistency when it came to our radio broadcasts."
Rawitch said Scully was consulted before the changes were made. Speculation already has surfaced that the interviewing of a new broadcaster is a precursor to the eventual retirement of Scully, who, at age 81, is entering his 60th year as the voice of the club. Scully has not said if he will continue on the air beyond 2009.
Rawitch said the priority in finding a broadcaster to team with Lyons is to add an "exciting and energetic personality to the telecasts."
Steiner and Monday have two years remaining on their contracts; Lyons has one.
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Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.