SALT LAKE CITY (March 1, 2017) - Salt Lake Bees radio broadcaster Steve Klauke has been named 2016 Utah Sportscaster of the Year by the National Sports Media Association. The award is the third of Klauke's career, having previously been honored in 1995 and 2014.
"I greatly appreciate this honor," Klauke said. "There are so many talented broadcasters in Utah that are equally deserving and it is an honor to be included as one of them."
Klauke is entering his 24th season as the voice of baseball in Salt Lake, having been the radio broadcaster for 3,340 games for the franchise since its inception as the Salt Lake Buzz in 1994. During the baseball offseason Klauke is the voice of Weber State athletics, calling football and men's basketball games on the radio for the Wildcats. In 2016, Klauke was 'called-up' by the Los Angeles Angels to fill in for Terry Smith on the Angels radio broadcast for six games.
"Steve is not just one of the best broadcasters in the state, but one of the best baseball play-by-play sportscasters in the entire country," Bees general manager Marc Amicone said. "His passion, knowledge and personality behind the microphone is unmatched. The honor could not be more deserved."
Alongside Klauke, the NSMA honored Dirk Facer of the Deseret News as the Utah Sportswriter of the Year. State winners from across the country will be honored with National Sportscaster of the year Vin Scully and Hall of Fame inductees Linda Cohn and Frank Gifford at the 58th Annual NSMA Awards in Winston-Salem, North Carolina in June.
Steve and his wife, Sue, live in Sandy, Utah and are parents of two children - Adam, a 2010 graduate of the University of Utah, and Lisa, a 2013 graduate of the University of Utah.
Klauke will be back on the air for the Bees on April 6 as Salt Lake travels to Albuquerque to start the 2017 season. The team returns to Smith's Ballpark for the home opener on Tuesday, April 11 to take on the Sacramento River Cats. Tickets and more information is available at www.slbees.com.
About the Salt Lake Bees
The Salt Lake Bees are entering their 17th season as the Triple-A affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels and will continue to be the top affiliate of the Angels through the 2018 season. While with Los Angeles, Salt Lake owns five division championships and two trips to the Pacific Coast League Finals. Smith's Ballpark, the home of the Bees, is consistently voted as one of the best ballparks in baseball and has hosted more than 10-million fans dating back to the franchise's establishment in 1994. For more information visit www.slbees.com.