Steiner's long and successful career in radio and television began on the Bradley campus radio station, WRBU, in 1967. After stints in Davenport, Iowa; New Haven and Hartford, Connecticut; Cleveland, Ohio; and New York City, he spent 14 years anchoring SportsCenter at ESPN while broadcasting baseball, football and boxing. After three years announcing for the New York Yankees, he enters his 11th season announcing for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The sports communication program at Bradley was launched in Fall 2009 and has grown to 120 majors today. Steiner's gift allows Bradley to expand its offerings for expedition courses and internships and create symposiums and lectureships. It positions Bradley to have the very best curriculum in sports broadcasting, marketing, new media, journalism, and play-by-play announcing.
Dr. Jeff Huberman, Dean of the Slane College of Communications and Fine Arts, said "Charley's generous gift, famous name, and renowned achievements make the Steiner School of Sports Communication the first authentic major league Sports Communication academic program in the country. These additions help Bradley attract the best students from throughout the country and the world to study with the very best faculty and connect with industry professionals."
Bradley President Joanne Glasser praised Steiner for his success and his dedication to the University. "Charley is one of the most popular and recognizable sports announcers in the United States. We are so proud of our distinguished alumnus and the success he has achieved," Glasser said. "He is a wonderful friend to Bradley and his gift is transformational for our sports communication program."
Dr. Paul Gullifor, Chair of the Department of Communication, believes establishment of the Steiner School will help elevate an already nationally recognized program. "The sports communication program at Bradley is one of the leading programs in the nation. With Charley's support we are opening the door to so many more opportunities for our students. His name lends stature and prominence to our program," Gullifor said.
Steiner received a Bachelor of Science degree in Speech/Theater from Bradley. He was inducted into the Bradley Athletic Hall of Fame in 1995, was named a Bradley Centurion in 2003, and in 1991, he received the Lydia Moss Bradley Award, named for the University's founder. He was the keynote speaker at Bradley's mid-year commencement in December 2010 and was awarded the Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters during that ceremony.
A formal dedication of the Charley Steiner School of Sports Communication is expected to take place at Bradley University in March.