LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers have added veteran Tim Neverett to their broadcast team for television and radio, in part to lighten the load on AM 570 for Charley Steiner, who requested to cut back on his schedule."The road is a tough place to be. It's really as simple as
LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers have added veteran Tim Neverett to their broadcast team for television and radio, in part to lighten the load on AM 570 for Charley Steiner, who requested to cut back on his schedule.
"The road is a tough place to be. It's really as simple as that," said Steiner, whose contract was extended through 2021. "I'm flattered the Dodgers still want me and grateful they understand my scheduling concerns. I love doing what I'm doing. I'm so lucky to be part of this organization. In a nutshell, I'm thrilled."
The 52-year-old Neverett, who called radio play-by-play for the Red Sox the past three years after seven seasons with the Pirates, will fill in on SportsNet LA when Joe Davis is on national assignments, in addition to assuming some of Steiner's previous assignments.
"We're excited to welcome Tim to our broadcast team and know Dodgers fans will appreciate his knowledge, passion and insight on the air," said Lon Rosen, the Dodgers' executive vice president and chief marketing officer. "The Dodgers are also thrilled that Charley will continue to be part of the team's broadcasts for years to come. We think the addition of Tim along with Charley, Joe and our talented group of analysts and reporters will continue to treat Dodgers fans to one of the best broadcasts in baseball."
The 69-year-old Steiner is entering his 15th season as a Dodgers play-by-play announcer. He came to the Dodgers after three seasons with the Yankees, which followed 14 years as an anchor, baseball play-by-play and boxing broadcaster for ESPN TV and Radio.
Steiner grew up in Brooklyn, listening to Vin Scully call Dodgers games and dreaming of someday having that job. He is a five-time Emmy Award winner and in 2013 was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame. Steiner received an honorary doctorate from his alma mater, Bradley University, where he established the Charley Steiner School of Sports Communication and holds an annual symposium in the offseason.
"A lighter schedule will allow me to spend more time intellectually with my school," said Steiner, who funds an endowed scholarship given annually to Bradley broadcasting majors.
Neverett's broadcasting career includes four years as a studio host and play-by-play man for Rockies games and play-by-play for Triple-A baseball and hockey in Las Vegas.
"I am honored and humbled to have the opportunity to join such an established and talented group of radio and television broadcasters, as well as the gifted production personnel with the Dodgers," Neverett said. "My family and I are thrilled to be able to be part of the Dodgers family and be back in the National League. I am very much looking forward to getting started, renewing old acquaintances and making new ones."
Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers for MLB.com since 2001.