Charley Steiner is at back at his alma mater.
The veteran sports broadcaster and play-by-play announcer for the L.A. Dodgers is in Peoria Tuesday for the 3rd annual Charley Steiner Symposium on Sports Communication at Bradley University.
Steiner tells WMBD’s Greg and Dan that he is on a mission to promote Bradley and its students.
“You always hear some old guy saying,’You know it’s time to give back.’ And, you think what a crock. But, the fact of the matter is I’m now at point where I can, and I do, and it’s incredibly rewarding,” Steiner said.
Steiner says approximately 120 Bradley students are enrolled in the Charley Steiner School of Sports Communication. He says they are learning not only about sports broadcasting, but also promotions, new media, journalism, and play-by-play announcing.
“What we’re trying to do with our school is compete with the Northwestern’s, the Fordham’s, Syracuse’s, and Ithaca’s,” Steiner said. “These schools (have) big broadcastings programs. Compete with the big boys, and I think we can.”
A number of big names in broadcasting are taking part in the sports symposium including legendary broadcaster Larry King, who recently donated $1 million to Bradley University.
Steiner says the goal of the event is to prepare Bradley students for a future in the sports business.
“With the sports business burgeoning now the way it is, I just think we’re really situated in a great place right now, and it’s up to us to make it better,” Steiner said.