LOCAL NEWS

Salt Lake Bees, Weber State broadcaster Steve Klauke dies at 69

Jun 11, 2024, 12:27 PM | Updated: Jun 12, 2024, 9:56 am

Steve Klauke at Smith's Ballpark....

Steve Klauke at Smith's Ballpark.

SALT LAKE CITY – Longtime Salt Lake Bees and Weber State broadcaster Steve Klauke has died at the age of 69.

The soundtrack to 30 years of professional baseball in Utah, Klauke was an anchor in the Beehive State’s sports community. A three-time Utah Sportscaster of the Year recipient (1995, 2014, 2016), Klauke was named Ballpark Digest Broadcaster of the Year in 2014.

RELATED: Steve Klauke Signing Off After 30 Years With Salt Lake Bees

The Chicago, Illinois, native was the only voice the Bees had ever known until his retirement following the 2023 season. Initially hired as a studio host for Utah Jazz games, the lifelong White Sox fan jumped at the chance to tell the story of a baseball game.

He took up the headset when Triple-A baseball returned to Salt Lake in 1994. Klauke manned the booth for 30 years, 29 seasons, and 4,181 games, spanning affiliations with the Minnesota Twins and Los Angeles Angels.

RELATED: After 4,181 Games, Steve Klauke’s Legendary Run Ends

“It never mattered if it was an Angels game, Bees game, or a high school basketball game in November; he prepares the same way and treats every game, athlete, and radio producer the same,” Tony Parks said of Klauke’s professionalism. “The game was never about him. It was about the players and the people at home or in the car tuning in.”

Klauke had been the voice of Weber State football and basketball since 2015.

Follow Locals in Pro Baseball With KSL Sports

Brian Preece is a KSLsports.com insider covering the Utah State Aggies, Locals in MLB, and Salt Lake Bees. Follow Brian’s Bees, Beehive baseball, and Aggie athletics coverage here.

Find KSL Sports coverage of Locals in MLB here.

Take us with you wherever you go.

Download the new & improved KSL Sports app from Utah’s sports leader. You can stream live radio and video and stay updated on all your favorite teams.

KSL 5 TV Live

Local News

A former San Juan County sheriff’s deputy has been arrested on suspicion of child sex abuse. (San...

Daniel Woodruff

Former Utah sheriff’s deputy arrested in child sex abuse case

A former San Juan County sheriff’s deputy has been arrested on suspicion of child sex abuse.

46 minutes ago

FILE - President Joe Biden participates in a briefing in the Oval Office of the White House, Dec. 2...

Mary Culbertson

Utah leadership reacts to Biden’s decision to drop out of the 2024 presidential race

Following President Biden's announcement that he would stop his reelection campaign, leaders in Salt Lake City offered their thoughts.

2 hours ago

FILE -The Lucin Cutoff is seen in a flight over the Great Salt Lake on April 9, 2024. (Scott G Wint...

Mary Culbertson

Plane goes down in field near Great Salt Lake

A plane went down in a Weber County field. Authorities said there were no injuries.

3 hours ago

A man and young girl were injured following a motorcycle accident on Tuesday....

Mary Culbertson

One dead after semitruck, RV collided on I-70 in Grand County

One person is dead after a semitruck and an RV collided on I-70 near the Colorado border.

3 hours ago

West Valley City firefighters on the parking lot of the strip mall....

Mary Culbertson

33 Utah firefighters to deploy in Oregon through emergency compact law

Thirty-three firefighters are being deployed to Oregon through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact.

3 hours ago

Adre Seldon Jr. is pictured in his gear ahead of the Utah State University 2024 football season. (U...

Mary Culbertson

USU mourning loss of student-athlete whose body was found in Porcupine Reservoir

The body of a football player at Utah State University was found after he had been diving at a reservoir and didn't resurface.

7 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

young male technician is repairing a printer at office...

Les Olson

Unraveling the dilemma between leasing and buying office technology

Carefully weigh these pros and cons to make an informed decision that best suits your business growth and day-to-day operation. 

A kitchen in a modern farmhouse....

Lighting Design

A room-by-room lighting guide for your home

Bookmark this room-by-room lighting guide whenever you decide to upgrade your lighting or style a new home.

Photo courtesy of Artists of Ballet West...

Ballet West

The rising demand for ballet tickets: why they’re harder to get

Ballet West’s box office is experiencing demand they’ve never seen before, leaving many interested patrons unable to secure tickets they want.

Electrician repairing ceiling fan with lamps indoors...

Lighting Design

Stay cool this summer with ceiling fans

When used correctly, ceiling fans help circulate cool and warm air. They can also help you save on utilities.

Side view at diverse group of children sitting in row at school classroom and using laptops...

PC Laptops

5 internet safety tips for kids

Read these tips about internet safety for kids so that your children can use this tool for learning and discovery in positive ways.

Women hold card for scanning key card to access Photocopier Security system concept...

Les Olson

Why printer security should be top of mind for your business

Connected printers have vulnerable endpoints that are an easy target for cyber thieves. Protect your business with these tips.

Salt Lake Bees, Weber State broadcaster Steve Klauke dies at 69