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.

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