One of Bradley’s most popular alumni is returning this December to give the first commencement address in the new arena.
Charley Steiner, the current radio play-by-play announcer for the Los Angeles Dodgers, will be addressing Bradley grads in the winter.
“We are honored to have such an accomplished alumnus like Charley Steiner address our graduates,” University 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.”
In 1991, Steiner was given the Lydia Moss Bradley Award and inducted into Bradley’s Sports Hall of Fame in 1995. He set up the Charles H. Steiner Endowed Scholarship in 2000.
“I have been so fortunate to have had a wonderful career doing exactly what I want and what I set out to do,” Steiner said. “It all began on the second floor of the Student Center broadcasting on WRBU and writing for the Scout. To be invited back 43 years later (with the statute of limitations clearly expired, no less) to receive the highest award and biggest honor of my career is incredibly gratifying and enormously humbling.”
After graduating in 1971, Steiner set off on an impressive career with stops in Connecticut and Cleveland before returning to his home state of New York.
His next job was a 14-year stint at ESPN where he was an anchor, baseball and football analyst and baseball and boxing reporter.
The last two stops on Steiner’s career path are with two of baseball’s
most storied franchises.
After ESPN, Steiner took a job with the famed YES Network to call games alongside the legendary
John Sterling for the New York Yankees.
Steiner’s current position is with his favorite team growing up, the Los Angeles Dodgers. When he was growing up, the Dodgers were based in Brooklyn.
The trio of Steiner, Rick Monday and Vin Scully earned the highest score in USA Today’s radio broadcast
team rating in baseball with a 28.5 out of 30.
Steiner has announced professional
baseball games in six different
countries, including countries without Major League Baseball teams such as China, Japan, Mexico and Puerto Rico.
Throughout his career, Steiner received awards for his work in sports journalism, including a CableACE award for a program about Muhammad Ali and a Clarion award for his work on the Mike Tyson rape trial.