Sharks Radio Play-by-Play Announcer Dan Rusanowsky Elected to Bay Area Radio Hall of Fame

Thursday, 07.25.2013 / 2:38 PM

SAN JOSE, California – The board of directors of the California Historical Radio Society, the Bay Area Radio Museum and the Broadcast Legends have announced that San Jose Sharks (@sanjosesharks) radio play-by-play announcer Dan Rusanowsky (@danrusanowsky) has been elected to the Bay Area Radio Hall of Fame in the sports category.

The date of the induction ceremony and dinner will be announced at a later date.

"Dan's insight and enthusiasm for the game of hockey are contagious,” said Executive Director of the Bay Area Radio Museum Len Shapiro. “He has played a large part in the growth and popularity of the Sharks and the game of hockey in the Bay Area.”

Rusanowsky has served as the “Voice of the Sharks” since the team’s inception in 1991 and is one of the club’s most recognizable figures, both on-and-off the ice.

A 34-year veteran of hockey broadcasting at all levels, Rusanowsky is responsible for producing all Sharks radio broadcasts, directs and administers the multi-station Sharks Radio Network (which provides coverage of all games for hockey fans in Northern California and parts of Nevada and Oregon) and oversees the relationship with flagship station KFOX 98.5/102.1 FM.

In 22 seasons, Rusanowsky has only missed a total of 27 games, all of which occurred when he was seriously injured in an automobile accident on Nov. 25, 2000, ending a continuous broadcast streak of Sharks games (regular season and playoffs) at 774. He has not missed a game since his return and has been behind the microphone for all 174 playoff games in Sharks history). Rusanowsky called his 1,500th Sharks regular season game on Oct. 8, 2011 vs. Phoenix.

An active, year-round member of the Bay Area broadcasting community, Rusanowsky has provided the play-by-play call on several Major League Soccer radio broadcasts and A-League “digicasts.” He has served as a guest host on KNBR 680 and 1050 AM, as well as the nationally syndicated “Sports Byline USA/Sports Overnight America” programs. He has brought his voice to radio and television commercials, video games, feature films and corporate video programs over the years. He also hosted “Dan’s Dugout” on Oakland Athletics radio broadcasts in 1993. He ventured back into the baseball world in the summer of 2005 with “Dan’s Diamond Notes,” a regular weekly segment which aired during KFOX’s top-rated morning program. Rusanowsky has also provided motorsports coverage of IndyCar, Formula One and NASCAR on CSN's "Race Week" show.

A tireless supporter of the Bay Area community, Rusanowsky annually makes numerous public speaking appearances locally. He serves on the Executive Board of the Santa Clara County Council, Boy Scouts of America and serves on the Advisory Boards for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Silicon Valley and Services for Brain Injury. During his years as co-chair of the annual Ultimate Fantasy Hockey Playoffs Draft (thru 2010), more than $450,000 was raised to benefit the Foundation Fighting Blindness. He also works with many other community organizations and is an active member of the NHL Broadcaster’s Association.

Other members of the 2013 induction class to the Bay Area Radio Hall of Fame include: William H. “Bill” Weaver (executive category), Mike Pechner (specialty category), Roy Trumbull (engineering category), Jane Morrison (pioneer category), Henry Leff (educator category), Barbara Taylor and Mike Sugerman (newscaster category), and Dennis Netto (program host category).

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