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EP 086: Charley Steiner, Los Angeles Dodgers

posted by Logan Anderson March 14, 2019 0 comments

Episode 86 of the podcast features Charley Steiner, the radio voice of the LA Dodgers and long time ESPN Sportscenter anchor. Topics of discussion include:

  • How hearing Vin Scully as a seven year old led to falling in love with sportscasting.
  • His first reaction when he learned he was going to be working as the Dodger announcer after a lifetime of being a fan.
  • Having Vin Scully call him at the exact moment he’s telling his mother about the move.
  • What he learned from working with Vin Scully.
  • Going to Bradley University in Peoria Illinois.
  • His path from Bradley to ESPN.
  • How a liquor store owner named Larry, who he never met, started a sequence of events that led to getting hired by ESPN.
  • Working under Donald Trump for the USFL’s New Jersey Generals.
  • Developing skills to transition to being in front of a camera.
  • How his counter culture reputation helped him advance in the industry.
  • Getting in a fight with a British tabloid writer at Wimbledon.
  • The experience filming the “This Is Sportscenter” commercials.
  • Laughing at his own lines on Sportscenter.
  • Working with John Sterling in the New York Yankees booth.
  • Why it was an easy decision to leave the Yankees and join the Dodgers booth.
  • The difficulty of starting a broadcast in inning four after 3 innings of Vin Scully simulcasting.
  • Broadcasting the World Series.
  • Why he bluntly says when there is a no hitter going.
  • Attending the original Woodstock in 1969.
  • Why he describes his life as Gumpian.
  • The broadcast horror story that stands out from early in his career.
  • Why he rarely listens to other broadcasters.
  • Dealing with criticism.

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