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Steve Klauke, legendary Bees broadcaster, gets memorialized in stadium that cemented a decades-long career

Jun 19, 2024, 9:59 AM

Voice of Salt Lake Bees Steve Klauke...

Legendary Salt Lake Bees broadcaster Steve Klauke is memorialized during the opening preparations for a Bees game on Tuesday. (Alex Cabrero, KSL TV)

(Alex Cabrero, KSL TV)

SALT LAKE CITY — Having broadcast over 4,000 games in nearly three decades over the air, Steve Klauke will be remembered as being the “voice” of the Salt Lake Bees.

However, Klauke’s role with the organization went beyond that. He was the team’s unofficial communications director during road trips and its unofficial historian, rifling off all sorts of knowledge he had accumulated over the years.

And, at one point, he traveled so frequently with the team that the Bees’ front office asked him to help them finalize the team’s travel schedule once the latest Pacific Coast League schedule dropped.

“He was involved heavily in our travel plans and everything we did in travel,” said former Salt Lake Bees general manager Marc Amicone as he described Klauke’s knack for knowing the best flights, hotels, and restaurants to visit out of town.

But beyond all of those official and unofficial team roles, Salt Lake Bees players, coaches, employees and executives say Klauke was always there for an interesting — sometimes life-changing — conversion and a laugh.

Even after his retirement after 29 years on the air, he remained a fixture and trusted friend to everyone at the ballpark.

It’s these types of interactions that they say they will miss the most after Klauke’s death last week.

“He was more than just the voice of the Salt Lake Bees. He was like a father, a friend, a brother — all those things. … It’s a hole right now,” said Salt Lake Bees manager Keith Johnson, who knew Klauke for more than 20 years as a player and a coach. “I’m still trying to wrap my head around it. … I’m going to miss him for sure.”

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Steve Klauke, legendary Bees broadcaster, gets memorialized in stadium that cemented a decades-long career