Charlie Steiner to Switch To Radio Only

The Dodgers have decided that having a consistent radio broadcast team means Charley Steiner won't be doing any TV work during the 2009 season. Dodgers VP of communications Josh Rawitch confirmed that Steiner would come off the 40-odd FSN Prime Ticket and KCAL-Channel 9 road game package and work exclusively on the KABC-AM radio broadcasts for the entire season with Rick Monday as his partner.

Steiner's reaction: "God's honest truth, I love baseball. I love radio. I love baseball on the radio. My ego is not that big that I have to be on television."

"I was hired to broadcast the Dodgers, period," Steiner said Friday. "I was doing 40 TV games and I was fine with that. Now I'm not. I am more than OK with that, I'm very happy about that. I get to go to the ballpark every day and talk Dodgers baseball. That's my job, imagine that."

The Steiner-Monday the radio team means former Dodgers pitcher Jerry Reuss unfortunately won't be needed. He will have a different position in the organization.

"For us, the move is solely about consistency with our KABC radio team," said Rawitch. "Jerry has been a valuable member of the organization and he's understandably disappointed. But we're looking forward to finding an energetic, talented play-by-play man for the team."

The 59-year-old Steiner, a former ESPN "SportsCenter" anchor and Yankees TV broadcaster, was hired by the Dodgers in 2005 after the team let go Ross Porter.

"One of the great misconceptions that comes out occasionally is that I wanted to do the Dodgers because someday, I could replace Vin," said Steiner, a Brooklyn native who grew up following the Dodgers. "The icon-replacing business really is not a flourishing one. And my ego ain't that big.

"Radio has always been my preference, and we've discussed this scenario off and on over the last couple of years. This really is a matter of continuity. From a selfish point of view, I'm thrilled to get to work with Rick every day. I couldn't be happier with this decision, and I'm sure listeners who tune into the radio will feel the same way."

And as far as how long Scully will continue to work? Steiner has an opinion. "I think it will be, give or take, roughly . . . forever."