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Charley Steiner

Charley Steiner on SportsCenter
Born Charles Harris Steiner
July 17, 1949 (1949-07-17) (age 60)
United States Malverne, New York
Alma mater Bradley University (1971)
Occupation sports announcer
Years active 1969 (1969)–present
Known for Los Angeles Dodgers play-by-play
Title Anchor of SportsCenter
Term 1988–2002
Charley Steiner
Background information
Team(s): Los Angeles Dodgers
Official site(s): Broadcasters:
Genre(s): Play-by-play
Sports: Major League Baseball

Charles Harris "Charley" Steiner (born July 17, 1949) is an American sportscaster and broadcast journalist. He is currently the main radio voice of the Los Angeles Dodgers, paired with Rick Monday.


Early career

Originally from the New York City area, Steiner attended Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois, and began his career as a newscaster for WIRL radio in Peoria, in 1969. After graduating from Bradley in 1971, he hosted his first sports show on KSTT radio in Davenport, Iowa. A year later, Steiner moved to New Haven, Connecticut, and worked for WAVZ radio as its news director, before moving north to Hartford and WPOP radio in a similar capacity.

In 1977, Steiner relocated to WERE radio in Cleveland, Ohio, where he served as a sportscaster and later news director. While in Cleveland, he received his first television exposure when WKYC-TV hired him as a sports commentator.

Steiner entered the New York market in 1978 at WXLO-FM where he did newscasts for, among others, then-morning host and future actor Jay Thomas.[1] He later moved over to sister station WOR for several years as its sports director and worked for the RKO Radio Network. He was also the play-by-play voice for the USFL's New Jersey Generals from 1983 to 1985, and for NFL's New York Jets in 1986 and 1987.


Steiner joined ESPN in 1988, primarily as an anchor on SportsCenter. In addition to those duties, he served as the network's lead boxing analyst.

Steiner was involved in many comical situations during his tenure on SportsCenter, including one broadcast when Carl Lewis "sang" The Star-Spangled Banner prior to a New Jersey Nets game. Amused by hearing Lewis' terrible rendition of the song, Steiner simply could not contain himself and began laughing during the SportsCenter show that night, unable to stop until the show ended. His famous comment on the event was that the song had apparently been written by "Francis Scott Off-Key," a pun on the author of the Star-Spangled Banner, Francis Scott Key.

Steiner was featured in a series of well-known television promos from ESPN's This is SportsCenter comical promo campaign. In 1999, amid fears of the Y2K situation, Steiner starred in a promo where the SportsCenter cast spoke about a "contingency plan" at ESPN's studios after Y2K, and Steiner was featured wearing a tie as a head band (along with Braveheart-style face paint) and screaming the phrase "Follow me to freedom!"[2] He later screamed this phrase at Wrigley Field after singing Take Me Out to the Ballgame on August 31, 2005. A second promo featured Steiner being traded from ESPN to Melrose Place in exchange for actor Andrew Shue. Steiner is then seen wearing shorts and introduces himself to Laura Leighton (in character as "Sidney Andrews") as the new "pool boy" in the show's apartment complex.[3] Steiner starred in a third promo with boxer Evander Holyfield. In the opening shot, Evander questions Stuart Scott about Steiner's assessment that Holyfield is only the "50th best heavyweight of all-time"; Stuart then deadpans that he meant "the 50th best heavyweight — in Georgia". In the final scene, an angry Holyfield is seen roaming the halls of ESPN screaming, "Charley! Come on out and get your whoopin'! Charley, come on out! Steiner!". Steiner is seen cowering under a desk.

On August 9, 2004, Steiner returned to ESPN to co-host an "old school" version of SportsCenter with Bob Ley.

Steiner also hosted a program on the NFL Network called Football America, which ran from 2003 to 2005.

Baseball broadcasting

ESPN Radio

When ESPN gained broadcast rights for Major League Baseball's national radio package from CBS in 1998, Steiner became its lead announcer, working Sunday night games, the All-Star Game, and postseason games. (Steiner never worked the World Series while he was calling games for ESPN Radio, as those were and still are covered by lead TV voice Jon Miller.)

New York Yankees

Steiner left ESPN in 2002 and joined the New York Yankees' radio booth, replacing Michael Kay as John Sterling's play-by-play partner. Steiner was at the microphone when Yankees third baseman Aaron Boone won Game 7 of the 2003 American League Championship Series with a home run in the eleventh inning to defeat the Boston Red Sox.

There's a fly ball deep to's on its way...there it goes...and the Yankees are going to the World Series! Aaron Boone has hit a home run! The Yankees go to the World Series for the thirty-ninth time in their remarkable history! Aaron Boone down the left field line...they are waiting for him at home plate, and now he dives into the scrum! The Yankees win it, six to five!

After Steiner completed his call, he joined Sterling in his famous "Yankees win! Theeeeeeeeeeee Yankees win!" call, saying he "had always wanted to do that".[4]

Los Angeles Dodgers

Steiner left the Yankees after the following season, his last game being Game 7 of the 2004 American League Championship Series. He was originally slated to move to the YES Network as a studio host, but after Ross Porter, longtime radio voice of the Los Angeles Dodgers (Steiner's favorite team growing up, with the team still based in Brooklyn) was let go by the team, Steiner was hired to take his place.

For four years covering the 2005 through 2008 seasons, the Dodgers' unique broadcasting arrangement had Steiner teamed with analyst Rick Monday and working play-by-play on radio during all home and intra-divisional road games. However, Steiner's duties during these games would begin with the fourth inning and cover the remainder of the game, as the first three innings were a radio/television simulcast voiced by Vin Scully. Steiner handled television play-by-play on all other games (with analyst Steve Lyons), primarily road contests east of the Rocky Mountains. For the 2009 season, the Dodgers had Steiner and Monday as their radio team for all 162 games, though the Scully simulcast of the first three innings would remain.[5]

Steiner also used to host Baseball Beat on XM Satellite Radio's MLB Home Plate channel, where he talked exclusively to writers, authors, columnists, broadcasters, or celebrities on their thoughts and analysis of the current state of baseball.[6] Steiner's last episode of Baseball Beat aired on January 16, 2009.

Awards and accomplishments

Steiner received a United Press International award for "Best Sportscaster for New York, New Jersey and Connecticut" in 1981, 1983, and 1985. His football play-by-play work earned him the New York State Broadcasters Association Award for "Best Radio Play-by-Play" in 1983, 1984, and 1987. During his time at ESPN, Steiner won a CableACE award for a program about Muhammad Ali and a Clarion award for his coverage of the Mike Tyson rape trial.


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