LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers play-by-play broadcaster Charley Steiner will give the keynote address for his alma mater Bradley University's mid-year commencement Dec. 18 on campus and will be recognized with an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree.
Steiner, a 1971 graduate, was inducted into the school's Sports Hall of Fame in '95 and into the Centurion Society in 2003. He was recognized with the Lydia Moss Bradley Award in 1991. He established the Charles H. Steiner Endowed Scholarship in 2000.
Last December, Steiner returned to Bradley, located in Peoria, Ill., for the mid-year commencement ceremony when long-time friend Larry King gave the keynote address.
Steiner's address will be the first time the university's $50 million Renaissance Coliseum is used for a mid-year commencement. The arena, home to Bradley's athletic department and the women's basketball and volleyball teams, was completed in August.
"We are honored to have such an accomplished alumnus like Charley Steiner address our graduates," Bradley president Joanne Glasser said. "We strive to bring speakers of national stature to inspire our students with their passion, wisdom and life experiences. I am confident that Charley will offer memorable reflections to our graduates and their families as they celebrate this important milestone in their lives."
Steiner has been the play-by-play radio announcer for the Los Angeles Dodgers for six years. He spent 14 years at ESPN, serving as its boxing authority and winning a Cable Ace Award for his television special on Muhammad Ali and a Clarion Award for his coverage of the Mike Tyson rape trial. The four-time Emmy Award-winner also has been named UPI Best Sportscaster three times and won three New York State Broadcasters Association awards for best play-by-play.
Steiner began his career as a newscaster for WIRL radio in Peoria while a Bradley student. Following his graduation in 1971, he broadcast his first sports show for KSTT in Davenport, Iowa. After jobs in Connecticut and Cleveland, he entered the New York market in 1978 at WXLO radio, later moving to sister station WOR for several years before joining ESPN in 1988. Steiner served as the play-by-play man for the New York Yankees from 2002-04, the New York Jets in the 1986 and '87 seasons, and the New Jersey Generals from 1983-85.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.